2nd November 2004




The former England footballer and Gladiators presenter John Fashanu is to deliver a special guest lecture to Journalism students at the University of Lincoln next week.


Mr Fashanu, who is vice-president of the international division of West African television station Trend TV, will address an audience of academics, students and local residents on the ‘Challenges and Prospect of Diasporic Media’.


He is also likely to highlight his career and experiences in the media spotlight.


Mr Fashanu was the first Nigerian to play for England and also played for a host of Football League teams including Lincoln City and Wimbledon.


He is now involved in the Nigerian Football Association and was formerly chairman of League of Wales football team Barry Town.


Since retiring from professional football he has appeared on a host of TV shows including ‘I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!’ and ‘Fash’s Football Challenge’.


Other guest speakers at the event include Alistair Soyode, director of the Black Entertainment Network (BEN), Omar Faruk Osman, the secretary of the Somali Journalists’ Network (SOJON) and Mike Abiola who is the editor of the African Voice newspaper.


Mr Fashanu is the fifth guest speaker in the 'Journalists speak out on Journalism' series held at the university and organised by the Lincoln School of Journalism. The lecture will take place on Monday 8th November at 6pm in the Cargill Lecture Theatre.


Everyone is welcome to attend the lecture and entry is free of charge. Anyone interested in attending should contact Professor Richard Keeble on (01522) 807099 or by email on rkeeble@lincoln.ac.uk.


Other guest speakers in the series so far have included ex-MI5 agent David Shayler and investigative journalist John Pilger. Future lectures include Yosri Fouda, the chief investigative reporter for Al Jazeera, on Monday 13th December.


For more information contact:

Matt Cross, Assistant Press Officer

(01522) 886625                                   mcross@lincoln.ac.uk

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