Voice | Identity | Participation
Crafting the Muslim Media and Strategic Vision for MPAC: MPAC and MMPN to Sign MoU
Friday, 5 April 2019.
Late last year, MPAC’s Management Team held a board meeting to deliberate on improving the media activities of MPAC to enable it to take up deeper and more engaging roles in the society. The meeting was also followed by a Workshop titled “MPAC Workshop on Muslim Voice, Identity and Participation (VIP) in the Nation’s Polity”.
The workshop which was held on Sunday, 4th of November 2018 at MPAC’s Head office, 21 Salvation Road, Opebi, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria had in attendance members of the Nigerian Muslim Media Practitioners of Nigeria (MMPN) and MPAC Media and Strategic Communication Advisory Committee.
The workshop was held to share insights on MPAC media works as well as to engage in pragmatic approaches to crafting the Muslim media and strategic vision for MPAC. Mr Abdulwarees Solanke, a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Diplomacy & Management and Assistant Director, Strategic Planning & Corporate Development at the Voice of Nigeria was the workshop lead presenter for the day.
Mr Solanke led the Workshop presentations by sharing his expertise on strategic communications and strategies for effective management. It was both enlightening and helpful.
Following this workshop, plans are now being perfected by MPAC and MMPN for an initiative tagged, ‘Project Muslim VIP’ aimed at projecting an appropriate image of Islam to Nigerians and the entire world. This has been featured in the Guardian news as quoted below;
“Plans are being perfected by the Muslim Public Affairs Centre (MPAC Nigeria) and the Muslim Media Practitioners of Nigeria (MMPN) for an initiative tagged, ‘Project Muslim VIP’ aimed at projecting an appropriate image of Islam to Nigerians and the entire world.
The Guardian gathered that the partnership, an MPAC initiative has been in the works for over six months, following the creation of a media and strategic communications department.
MPAC considered vital creating a synergy with the media in order to realise the mission of enlightening the world about Islam.
The event is scheduled for April 21, 2019, at the Lagos Chamber of Commerce & Industry Exhibition and Centre, Nurudeen Olowopopo Way, CBD, Alausa, Ikeja.
The partnership is expected to foster cooperation in developing media capacity for Muslim organizations as well as deepening the reportage of Islamic affairs.
MPAC and MMPN are in agreement on the need to have media structures and institutions that will strengthen Muslim voice positively, project the Islamic culture and identity and facilitate equitable representation and participation of Muslims in public and global affairs.
Decrying the high rate of Islamphobia and ignorance about Islam globally, the group said the MOU seeks to ensure that MPAC and MMPN share resources and information for better enlightenment and understanding.
It also aims to ensure that an effective coordination is mapped out in responding to issues concerning Islam in the country.”