#DigitalParenting: Book Launch @StJohnsCollege

Picture: Bryony Taylor (@vahva)
Picture: Bryony Taylor (@vahva)

Most of my Durham supporters were unable to make it to London for the official book launch, so thank you to David Goodhew for organising a Durham book launch, at which many of the people who supported me, celebrated the media coverage and book sales that have already been achieved. Privileged to have been introduced by David Wilkinson, who indicated that the book by its very cover gives a positive and happy feeling, but more seriously, stressed the importance of this book in today’s society!


Book Launch: ‘Raising Children in a Digital Age’ #DigitalParenting

So, I may have published three book chapters before, but finally, the first full book is out there. Many say they will do such a thing, few make it! It was therefore good to celebrate at Westminster Central Hall with friends, family and others. See full photos on Digital Fingerprint.

Image credit: Mark Dodgeon


#DigitalParenting Book Launch

We were hosted by Central Hall Westminster (easy access for MPs and journalists) for the official launch of Raising Children in a Digital Age: Enjoying the Best, Avoiding the Worst. Thanks to all who came!


Photo by @drbattytowers


Photo by @vicky_walker (stall hosted by Church House bookshop)


Photo by @RevArun, being introduced by @pmphillips


Photo by @md1793, as I give a brief overview of my book (find video here)


Photo by @md1793, as the book signing begins


Photo by @paulwindo, featuring @erniegize


Photo by @findmystyle, with my Mum.

Event History

Book Launch: Oluyinka Esan: Nigerian Television: Fifty Years of Television in Africa

On the evening of Wednesday 16th December, I attended the Nigerian High Commission for the launch of Dr Oluyinka Esan’s book Nigerian Television: Fifty Years of Television in Africa, which places a small segment of her doctoral thesis within easier reach of the public. Oluyinka doesn’t have particular contacts within the Embassy, she stressed, but felt that her work was not just her story to tell, but was very much a social history of Nigeria. Those in the Embassy were so keen that they jumped upon the chance to host the event, and invited many dignitaries, with the appropriate protocol followed throughout the ceremony (it was very much a ceremony, with the National Anthem played twice). After were some African inspired nibbles, and a chance for book-signings and networking!

Oluyinka Esan is a Lecturer in Media and Film at the University of Winchester.

“Past efforts at documenting the general history of television have tended to focus mainly on Western examples, often superficially aggregating the African experiences, when they are featured at all. A search for literature on the subject yields sparse results thus creating the impression of a void in this vast continent. This ebook offers invaluably detailed information on Nigerian television as an example of the industry in Africa. The focus on Nigeria is justified as the nation boasts the first TV station in Africa, and the largest TV network on the continent. Nigerian Television: Fifty Years of Television in Africa is both timely and strategic as Nigeria celebrates the golden jubilee of its television industry (1959 to 2009). Appreciating the challenges, role and prospects of the industry was at the very core of the author’s raison d’être for writing the text. The research effort informing the ebook has sought to capture factors shaping the encoding practices of Nigerian television in its five decades of operations.

The ebook is primarily an account collated from a range of organisational sources using ethnographic techniques. It examines the pioneering efforts, offering an insight into the use of television as a tool of governance. It shows how central television has been in this process thus revising previous views which, in their celebration of radio as the medium for social mobilisation at the grassroots, have understated the profile of television.

This is an account of a significant aspect of cultural life which should facilitate an understanding of the role of television as an important medium in the politics of a nation; especially one with such diverse identity groups and cultures as Nigeria” (Lybrary)

Forum Entry on 50 Years in Nigerian Television, by one who was there.

Journal Article by Dr Esan