By Steve Seigha, Abuja
The Publisher of Daily Watch online publication, based in Abuja, Nigeria Mr. Opukeme Gesikeme Cletus has stunned the world with an amazing ground breaking academic record of distinction with 96% total aggregate in 16 courses in one of the best International media training Institute in United Kingdom, the famous Alison journalism school, online programme.
Opukeme who was trained in journalism from the newsroom with secondary school education and later Studied English/Literary studies from Delta State University, Abraka, Nigeria.
Vintage Opukeme told journalists, said ‘‘ I was being labelled by co-journalists, some who could not write good publishable news stories or special features as ‘‘Quack’’ because I didn’t study mass communication or journalism. How could you describe a journalist who pays his University tuition fees through journalism as self-sponsored student a quack? I am a born journalist, Journalism is in my DNA. Some of those Mass communication University graduates could not differentiate main and subordinate clauses in sentence. I started journalism from the rural secondary school barely two decades ago and had held several top positions. ’’
‘‘ I had to enrolled for this Alison UK short certificate programme. Initially, I was scared because I had this exam fear of failure. Then, I redoubled my studies, I didn’t sleep each night untill I sat for the online examination and came up with the record breaking scores of 96% total aggregate ’’ he said.
In an official statement by Alison Mike Feerick, the CEO, the Alison Media training School, said ‘‘Congratulations! Dear Opukeme Gesikeme Cletus, you have completed Data Journalism and Media Standard. You made distinction with a total aggregate. You become a certified Alison graduate. You can acquire your certification after paying for your certificate fees.Keep it up”.
Opukeme was first trained in the newsroom as an investigative journalist who had worked in several newspapers, including a UK based investigative newspaper. He is now the CEO/Editor-in-Chief of a vibrant, fearless and fast growing digital news organization in Nigeria.
Alison is one of the world’s largest free learning platforms for education and skills training. Alison was founded in Galway, Ireland, in 2007 and has grown organically to become a major force in free online education and skills training. Today, with more than 13 million learners in 195 countries, Alison is changing how the world learns and up-skills.