Profile of Director University Relations

Dr. Isiaka Aliagan, Director, University RelationsIsiaka Aliagan was born on May 4, 1966. He had a cosmopolitan upbringing. The first seven years of his life was spent in Doula, Republic ofCameroon where he was born and the next six years in Ikare-Akoko, Ondo State. He traversed between Kwara and Kano and later Lagos in the course of his educational career. The places he had lived, schooled and worked shape his life and they have significant bearing on his literary works. He could be described as a cosmopolitan writer or a writer without border. He is a product of the different cultures and lifestyles in which he grew up.

He has done some ten or more works of art, including single, co-authored and edited works. His first outing as a literary writer was in 1988 while still a student at the Bayero University in Kano. His poems appeared in an anthology of the Association of Nigerian Authors titled Voices from the Fringe edited by Harry Garuba. It was a big plus for him as this galvanized him into a career in literary art. Since then, it has been seasons of harvests for him. The next single work of poetry he did, Cadence, came out in 1997; Emissary of Joy (poetry) 1999; The Scars of the Moon, short story collection, 2000; a children fiction, Akeju, the Pampered Boy, 2003; Oba Mama (play) 2003; Stories form the Qur’an (co-authored) 2003; and two edited anthologies by the Association of Nigerian Authors, Kwara Chapter, Echoes and Voices from the Midland, 2003 and Symphony of Harmony co-edited with Iyzuchukwu Okeke, 2009.His latest work is Olubu 2010 published by Kraftbooks, Ibadan. He has four new works ready for publishing, An Old Man and his Son & other Stories (children fiction); Women’s War (play) Rusting Times (play) and a short story collection nearing completion. Some of his works are stocked in major libraries in Europe, America and Asia and are being marketed by international booksellers, including Amazons and African Books Collective.

Isiaka Aliagan holds a Bachelor Degree in Mass Communication from the Bayero University, Kano-Nigeria; Master of Science degree also in Mass Communication from the University of Lagos, Nigeria and a Doctoral degree in History (Press and Politics) from the University of Ilorin, Nigeria. He had been a newspaper reporter, editor, publisher of books, newspapers and magazines and a public relations practitioner. His works in journalism include Fundamentals of Newspaper Journalism (2006); and Techniques of Aviation Journalism (2007).

His career as a journalist began with The Guardian newspaper which he joined in 1989 and rose to become Editor of The Herald, 1997-1999. While at the University of Ilorin between 1999 and 2010, he was the pioneer Deputy Director of Information after the then Information Unit of the University was upgraded to a directorate status, position he occupied before the university management deployed him to the Institute of Education as Institute Secretary. As the university spokesman, he was a key figure in the industrial impasse that faced the university early 2001 to 2007. This period, albeit with unsavory incidents, marked the height of his career in public relations. In August 2010, he was appointed as Special Assistant (Press) to President Goodluck Jonathan, seconded to the Office of the First, Dame Patience Goodluck Jonathan as media aide. He held that position till July 25, 2011 after which he withdrew his services from the University of Ilorin and joined Kwara State University as a lecturer in the Department of Mass Communication, and also Director of University Relations.

Aliagan has maintained constant touch with the academia even while still a journalist and public relations practitioner. He was a member of the committee that drew the curriculum of Mass Communication for the College of Arabic and Islamic Legal Studies, University of Ilorin and also helped in setting up the Department of Mass Communication of Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin. He served as adjunct lecturer at the College of Arabic and Islamic Legal Studies, Ilorin, Al-Hikmah University and the International Institute of Journalism which runs diploma courses for non-certificated working journalist in Kwara state. Aliagan is married and has children.