Dr. Charles Okigbo, professor of communication at North Dakota State University, Fargo,holds graduate communication degrees from Ohio University and Southern Illinois University, and a public policy degree from Harvard University. His other graduate degrees are from the University of Nigeria (in political philosophy) and the University of Leicester (in European management).
He has taught full or part time at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka; the University of Lagos, Nigeria; Daystar University and the University of Nairobi, both in Kenya; and the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, USA.
His communication consulting experiences include reviewing and evaluating the population communication programs for the Government of Botswana, implementing strategic communication workshops for the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNICEF, and WHO, and assisting the Johns Hopkins University Health Program in Kenya.
Charles was formerly the pioneer registrar of the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON) and the executive coordinator of the African Council for Communication Education, a pan-African nonprofit organization, established by UNESCO, with offices at the University of Nairobi.
He has published extensively in international journals and taught post-graduate courses in action research, advertising, fundraising and capital campaigns, health communication, mass communication theory, public relations, organizational leadership, social change development communication, and public policy.
Charles is a pioneer member of ORBICOM as an associate member from inception, and was the Board and Vice President. He has participated in all the key meetings of the network, and had spent a short time in the summer of 2000 as a visiting researcher at ORBICOM Secretariat at UQAM.
He is passionate about developing the network to help address some of the challenges of communication in this age of globalization and new information technology.
1974 -1975: Editor, Ijala Literary Journal, English Dept. University of Ife. Contributor to Renaissance and Daily Star Publications. PRO for Catholic Students, University of Ife.
1976 -1978: Lecturer in English Composition and Writing, Government College, Ikorodu, Lagos, Nigeria.
1979 -1982: Graduate Research Assistant and Health Research Consultant, SIU, Carbondale, Illinois.
1982 -1985: Lecturer in Mass Communication, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, with responsibilities for teaching, research, community service, and supervision of undergraduate and graduate theses.
1985 -1990: Senior Lecturer in Mass Communication, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Advertising, Public Relations, Communication Research, International Communication, and Intro to Mass Communication.
1990 -1993: Registrar, Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON). Public Affairs, Public Relations and Media Relations Consultant. Part-time teacher of Advertising and Public Relations at the University of Lagos.
1993 -1997: Executive Coordinator, African Council for Communication Education, Nairobi. Social Marketing, Public Affairs, Project Development and Fundraising tasks. Visiting teacher in Advertising and Public Relations at the University of Nairobi, and Daystar University, Nairobi, Kenya.
Appointed Honorary Visiting Fellow, Centre for Mass Communication Research, University of Leicester, Leicester, United Kingdom.