Sr. Lando

Daystar University Don, Sr. Prof. A. L. Lando, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the International Communication Association (ICA). The brief communication from the ICA Executive Director, Laura Sawyer, on 17th October 2016 stated: “Sister, I can hardly contain my delight. I am so pleased to inform you that you have been elected as the next ICA Board of Directors Member-at-Large! ICA is so lucky to have your energy and expertise as part of our leadership.” With this election, Sr. Prof. Lando becomes the first African (and the first African woman) to hold such a position. Sr. Prof. Lando will not only be the first African to sit on the ICA board, but also the first to serve and represent the African region in ICA.

ICA is an academic association for scholars interested in the study, teaching, and application of all aspects of human and mediated communication. ICA began more than 50 years ago as a small association of U.S. researchers and is now a truly international association with more than 4,500 members in 80 countries. Since 2003, ICA has been officially associated with the United Nations as a non-governmental Organization (NGO).

In an email sent to Waumini News Today, the election news came to Sr. Prof. Lando as pleasant surprise and joy, just a day before the historic ICAfrica2016 conference that she has been organizing for the last two years. In the last 66 years, ICA has held annual and regional conferences in Europe, Asia and the US, but never one in Africa. The ICAfrica 2016 regional conference, under the theme: Growing Communication Scholarship: Looking to the Past with gratitude, the present with passion and the future with hope was the fruit of Sr. Prof. Lando’s initiative in 2014 to persuade the 64th ICA annual conference in Washington – Seattle to hold the conference in Africa. ICAfrica2016, which took place at Daystar University (19th -21st October 2016) brought together over 300 communication scholars, professionals, practitioners and students.

The election of Sr. Prof. Lando to the ICA Board of Directors comes with heavy responsibilities for her, including, but limited to championing communication scholarship matters (scholars, students and practitioners) in Africa and linking the same to the global body as well as being the voice of Africa to ICA and vice versa.

And Sr. Lando’s response to this huge responsibility? “Thus far the good Lord has brought me. It is a call of service, a call of sacrifice, a call of professionalism and responsibility. It is huge, but, with the support of colleagues from the Continent and the ICA leadership and Board members; and with the help of God, we will make it happen.”

Sr. Lando is an Associate Professor of Communication and Media Studies and Assistant Head of Communication Department at Daystar University. Sr. Prof. Lando obtained her PhD in Social Communication from the prestigious Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, in 2008 and was promoted to the position of Associate Professor by Daystar University in 2015.

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