The Nigerian Professor of Journalism and Media at Kennesaw State University in Georgia, United States

Farooq Adamu Kperogi (born 1973), is a Nigerian-American professor, author, media scholar, newspaper columnist, blogger and activist. He was a reporter and news editor at many Nigerian newspapers including the Daily Trust, Daily Triumph and the now defunct New Nigerian. 

He worked as a researcher at the Presidential Research and Communications Unit in the Olusegun Obasanjo administration and had taught journalism at Ahmadu Bello University and Kaduna Polytechnic. He is a full professor of journalism and emerging media at Kennesaw State University in Georgia, United States. 

BACKGROUND

He is one of Nigeria’s newspaper columnists whose views are quoted by a former president. 

He is the author of Glocal English: The Changing Face and Forms of Nigerian English, published in 2015, as the 96th volume in series of Berkeley Insights in Linguistics and Semiotic. He is also the author of Nigeria’s Digital Diaspora Citizen Media, Democracy, and Participation (University of Rochester Press, 2020) which was awarded the “2021 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title Winner,” 

Kperogi was born in 1973, in Okuta, Baruten local government area of Kwara State, Nigeria and is a member of the Bariba (Baatonu) people. He attended Bayero University between 1993 and 1997, where he received bachelor’s degree in mass communication. He obtained a master’s degree in communication at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and a Ph.D. from Georgia State University in the United States in 2011. 

After graduating from Bayero University, Kano, Kperogi started working as a reporter with newspapers in Katsina and Kano before joining the Media Trust as a correspondent for the now defunct Weekly Trust. He also worked for the now defunct federal government-owned paper, the New Nigerian, in the early 2000s. 

Kperogi began his academic career between 2000 and 2002 at Kaduna Polytechnic, where he taught journalism and mass communication. He also taught at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria for a brief time in 2004. Between 2002 and 2004, Kperogi worked in President Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration as a presidential speechwriter and researcher. 

Kperogi writes two columns, “Politics of Grammar” and “Notes from Atlanta”, for the Abuja-based Daily Trust weekend editions. Kperogi has written extensively about Nigerian English.

Farooq Kperogi was married to Zainab Musa Kperogi. The union was blessed with two girls and a boy. Zainab died in a road accident in the year 2010. He remarried in 2014 to Maureen Erinne Kperogi with whom he has a daughter.

Kperogi’s “Notes from Atlanta” political column in the Daily Trust was stopped in December 2018 under pressure from the president Muhammadu Buhari administration which he has been critical of in his columns and social media posts. 

In protest, he stopped his popular “Politics of Grammar” language column in the Daily Trust on Sunday, which he wrote for more than a decade. He has faced death threats from supporters of the Nigerian government for his critical columns and social media updates.

Kperogi’s “Notes from Atlanta” column now appears every Saturday on the back page of the Nigerian Tribune, and in Peoples Gazette, an online newspaper. 


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