“It goes without saying that literacy is key to securing a place in today’s society and I support the Grace Foundation in equipping young people from marginalized backgrounds with the reading and writing skills to succeed in life”
Dr. Farooq Kperogi is Assistant Professor of Journalism and Emerging Media at Kennesaw State University, Georgia’s third largest and fastest-growing university located in Kennesaw, a suburb of Atlanta. A communication scholar, newspaper columnist, journalist, blogger, and grammar enthusiast, he writes two widely read weekly newspaper columns: “Notes From Atlanta” in the Abuja-based Daily Trust on Saturday and “Politics of Grammar” in the Daily Trust on Sunday and is the author of the book: Glocal English: The Changing Face and Forms of Nigerian English in a Global World.
Dr. Kperogi received his B.A. in Mass Communication (with a minor in English and Political Science) from Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria, where he won the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) Prize for the Best Graduating Student. After his undergraduate education, he worked at different times as a reporter, staff writer, features editor, and news editor at different Nigerian news magazines and newspapers, and later left journalism to work as a researcher/speech writer at the (Nigerian) President’s office for two years.
While working as a newspaper journalist in Kaduna, Dr. Kperogi was an adjunct lecturer in journalism at the Kaduna Polytechnic, before taking a full-time lecturer position at the Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria and proceeding to the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, USA, where he earned his M.S. in Communication (with a minor in English) and won the Outstanding Master’s Student in Communication award.
At Georgia State University’s Department of Communication, where he earned his Ph.D. in Communication and taught journalism for 5 years, Dr. Kperogi also won the “Outstanding Academic Achievement in Graduate Studies Award,” the top Ph.D. student prize. He was the Managing Editor of the Atlanta Review of Journalism History, a refereed academic journal, and Associate Director of Research at Georgia State University’s Center for International Media Education. In April 2014, Dr. Kperogi was honored as the Outstanding Alumnus of the University of Louisiana’s Department of Communication.