Maritime and corporate communication expert, Bolaji Akinola, has bagged a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Media and Communication from the Pan-Atlantic University, Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos.
The Chief Executive Officer of Ships & Ports Limited also consults for leading maritime companies within and outside Nigeria, in addition to being a co-founder/director of the Maritime Microfinance Bank Limited, Apapa.
The PhD degree was conferred on Akinola by the PAU Pro-Chancellor/Chairman of Governing Council, Mr. Henry Odein Ajumogobia (SAN), and the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Juan Elegido.
Speaking on the milestone, Dr. Akinola said “my commitment is to life-long learning. Every day, we commit to learning, growing and developing ourselves so we can add value to our industry, country and the world.
“Expanding our knowledge comes down to diving deeper into our areas of expertise. One commits to learning more and more about one’s industry, and commits to sharpening timeless, applicable skills that help us move forward daily in life.”
Dr. Akinola’s thesis titled, “Millennials, Digital Natives and the Future of Print Newspapers,” was supervised by Dr. Ikechukwu Obiaya and successfully defended before an online panel on October 29, 2020.
The examining panel comprised Dr. Mike Okolo as chairman, Prof. Akashoru as the external examiner, as well as the internal examiners from the School of Media and Communication, Dr. Nelson Okorie and Dr. Kingsley Ukaoha.
Dr. Akinola also holds MBA (Lagos Business School), Masters in Transport Management (Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomosho, Oyo State) and PGD Journalism (Times Journalism Institute, Lagos).
He is the Chairman, Board of Trustees, Shipping Correspondents Association of Nigeria (SCAN), was the Executive Secretary, Nigeria Maritime Expo (NIMAREX), and President, Maritime Reporters Association of Nigeria (MARAN) from 2011 to 2014.
A Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Shipping (NIS) and Fellow of the Certified Institute of Shipping of Nigeria (CISN), he has won several awards and accolades in the maritime sector.