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Rev. Fr. Dr

Joseph Oladejo Faniran

Joseph Faniran


Suite 1, Communication block, Obehie campus

Other offices held

Deputy Rector & Director, CESACC

Email Address
Phone number
0803 381 0926


Current position
Deputy Rector

Rev. Fr. Dr. Joseph Oladejo Faniran is an ordained priest of the Catholic Church. He is currently a senior lecturer at CIWA and is currently the Director, Center for Study of African Culture and Communications (CESACC) at CIWA.

Full Bio/CV

Date of ordination: December 26 1976

Appointed to CIWA: October 2003


Educational Qualification

London University G.C.E. O/Level; St. Kizito’s Seminary, 1970.

Diploma, Rel. Studies; Univ. of Ibadan, 1974.

B.D. Urban University, Rome/SS; Peter and Paul Major Seminary, Ibadan, 1976.

B.A.(Hon.) Communication; University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 1981.

M.A. International Communication; Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 1983.

Certificate  in French Language; Le ’Institut Catholique de Paris, France, 1993.

Doctor of Philosophy, Communication; Gregorian University, Rome. 2003.


Pastoral Experience

Associate Pastor, St. Benedict’s Cathedral, Osogbo, Nigeria 1977-78.

Associate Pastor, St. Anthony’s Church, Ede, Nigeria 1978-79.

Visiting Pastor, Blessed Sacrament Church, Baseline, Ottawa, Canada 1979-80.

Visiting Pastor, St. Philip Neri Parish, Chicago, USA, May 1980

Pastor, Church of Assumption, Vanier, Ottawa, Canada, 1981-82.

Parish Priest, Our Lady of Assumption, Oyo, Nigeria 1983-88.

Cathedral Administrator, St. Benedict, Osogbo, Nigeria, 1988-1992.

Visiting Pastor, Blessed Sacrament Church, Abelenkpe, Accra, Ghana, 1992-1998.

Visiting Pastor, St. Pius X Church, Drumchapel, Glasgow, Scotland, July-August, 2000.

 Visiting Pastor, St. Benedict’s Parish, Sarnia, London, Ontario, Canada, July-August, 2001.

Visiting Pastor, St. Pius X Church, Drumchapel, Glasgow, Scotland, July-August 2002.

 Visiting Pastor, St. Patrick’s Parish Isiokpo, Rivers State, Nigeria, 2003-2011.

 Visiting Pastor, St. Raphael’s Church, Rukpokwu, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria, 2011 till date.

 Priest in Residence, St. Mary’s Parish, Ayetoro, Osogbo, Osun State, Nigeria, 2001- 2015.

 Priest in Residence, St. Benedict’s Catholic Cathedral, Popo, Osogbo, Osun State, Nigeria, 2015 till date.


Teaching Experience

St. Kizito’s Minor Seminary, Ede, Osun State, Nigeria, 1978-79.

Catholic Institute of West Africa, Port Harcourt, Nigeria, 2003 till date.


Administrative Experience

Vice-Rector, St. Kizito’s Minor Seminary, Ede, Osun State, 1978-79.


Administrative Experience at CIWA

Acting Director, Centre for the Study of African Culture and Communication (CESACC), CIWA, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria, 2003/2004-2004/2005.

Director, CESACC, CIWA, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, 2005/2006 till date.

Member, CIWA Senate, 2003/2004 till date

Member, CIWA Faculty Board, 2003/2004 till date

Member, CIWA Faculty Board Vetting Committee, 2003/2004 till date

Member, Appraisal and Assessment Committee, 2003/2004 till date

Member, Admissions Board, 2003/2004 till date.

Member, Central Planning Committee of CIWA Theology Week, 2003/2004 till date

Chairman, Publicity Sub-Committee, CIWA Theology Week, 2003/2004 till date.

Member, CIWA Senate Committee for the Production of the Simplified Text of the Lineamenta for the Second African Synod, 2007.

Member, Project Implementation Committee; 2012 till date.


Diocesan Appointments

Chaplain, Catholic Youth Association , Oyo Diocese, 1977-1979

Director of Vocations, Oyo Diocese, 1978-79

Parish Priest, Our Lady of Assumption Parish, Oyo 1983-88

Cathedral Administrator, Osogbo, 1988-1992

Director, Social Communications Commission, Oyo Diocese, 1983-92.

Chaplain, Catholic Charismatic Renewal of Nigeria, Oyo Diocese, 1983-92.


National Appointment

National Liaison Officer, Catholic Charismatic Renewal of Nigeria. Stabilized the Renewal in Catholic Tradition and ensured the writing of the National Guideline that was later issued by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria 1987-1992.


West African Sub-Regional Appointment

Secretary, CIWA Visitation Panel set up by AECAWA, 1995-96.

Director, Centre for the Study of African Culture and Communication, CIWA, Port Harcourt, 2005/2006 till date.

Member, RECOWA Episcopal Working Committee for Communications 2014 till date.


African Continental Appointments

Press Secretary, Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), Accra, Ghana, 1992-98. Activities included being the spokesperson and the  media relations officer; preparing press releases and communiqués; editing the newsletter of SECAM; organizing interviews; networking with the Catholic newspapers in Africa.

 Acting Secretary General of SECAM, 1997-98.

(a)   Organized the consultative meeting on the crisis in the Great Lakes Region of Africa between Members of SECAM Standing Committee, the Presidents of the National Episcopal Conferences in Africa and the Bishops of Rwanda and Burundi in Nairobi, Kenya, April 14-19, 1997.

(b)  Organized the 11th Plenary Assembly of SECAM at Midrand, South Africa, July, 1997.


Universal Church Level

Appointed by Pope St. John Paul II as Observer and Information Assistant to the historic First African Synod in Rome, April 10-May 8, 1994 with the responsibility for briefing the world press in English language about the events in the Synod Hall.

Coordinated the Ad Liminal Visit of the CBCN to the See of Peter, Rome, 2002

Professional Activities

Member, RECOWA Episcopal Working Committee for Communications May 21, 2014 till date.

Member, International Steering Committee of the Social Communications and Theology Project, based at the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, Italy, 2009 till date .        

Peritus at the Eleventh Plenary Assembly of the Association of Episcopal Conferences of Anglophone West Africa (AECAWA), Freetown, Sierra Leone, October 5-12, 2007. Helped in drafting the Communiqué. 

Peritus at the Pan-African Congress on Evangelisation during the 14th Plenary Assembly of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) at Dar Es-Salaam, Tanzania, January 15-22, 2007.

Peritus at the First Onitsha Archdiocesan Synod on Evangelisation in Onitsha Archdiocese Today at Shanahan Hall, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Onitsha Tuesday, November 8, 2005 .

Resource Person for Communication Directorate of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria. Ongoing projects include updating the Diocesan Directors of Communication through workshops; evaluating the Diocesan Newspapers for the annual award; integrating communication into the curriculum of Major Seminaries and Religious Formation Houses in Nigeria, 2003 till date.



Sole Authored Book

"Foundations of African Communication with Examples from Yorùbá Culture". Ibadan: Spectrum Books, 2008.

Sole Authored Chapter in Peer-Reviewed Books

“Toward a Theory of African Communication” in Clifford Christians & Kaarle Nordenstreng, (eds.) Communication Theories in a Multicultural World. New York: Peter Lang, 2014, pp. 146-159.

“Communication at the Service of Effective Parish Pastoral Council in the Church in Nigeria.” In Inaku Egere (ed.) Pastoral Communication: Making Parish Communication Effective. Ibadan: St. Paul Publications, 2014, pp. 59-75.

“Communalistic Approach to Communication with Examples from the Yorùbá of Nigeria”. In Jacob Srampickal, Giuseppe Mazza and Llyod Baugh (eds.) 

"Cross Connections: Interdisciplinary Communications Studies at the  Gregorian   University". Roma: Editrice Pontificia Università Gregoriana, 2006, pp.287- 296.

 “Towards a Pastoral Plan for Social Communication in the Post-Synod African Church.” In Victor Sunderaj, ed. Pastoral Planning for Social Communication. Montréal, Canada: Paulines, 1998, pp.121-156.

Articles in Learned Journals

“Communication and Theology in Africa: Towards Becoming Partners in Dialogue.” The Oracle: International Journal of Culture, Religion and Society, vol. 3, no. 3, 2016, 94-109.

“Popular Media as Context for Theology: A Study of Ilesanmi’s Songs,” Koinonia, vol. 6, no. 4, 2014, 55-68.

“Communication Dimension of Leadership as Service in the Church,” Shalom: A Spiritual Pastoral Journal, Vol. 22, No. 3, June, 2010, 37-39.

“The Church’s Communication Apostolate in Post-Colonial State of Nigeria”, Encounter Journal of African Life and Religion, Rome, vol. 8, 2008, 107-115

“The Visual Rhetoric of Yoruba Video Films,” Humanities Review Journal, vol. 7, 2007, 58-72.

“The Significance of CESACC in CIWA for the Church in West Africa”. Journal of Inculturation Theology, Jubilee Edition, Vol. 8, no. 2, (December): 2006, 179-192.

“Towards A More Effective Approach to Communication Apostolate in the Church in Nigeria.” Journal of Inculturation Theology, 6, 1, 2004, 57-69.

“Evangelising the Media: A Challenge to the Church in Africa.” African Ecclesial Review, Eldoret, Kenya, 40, 1998, 111-127.

“The Challenge of the African Synod to Catholic Journalists.” Vidyajyoti (India) vol. 59, no. 1, 1995, 46-53.

“Journeying Together into the 21st Century,” African Ecclesial Review, (Eldoret, Kenya) vol. 37, no. 1, (February), 1995, 34-43.

“Charism and Authority: A Case Study of the Charismatic Renewal in the Nigerian Church.” The Nigerian Journal of Theology, vol. 7, no. 1, 1993, 63-76.

“An Institutional Framework for Establishing and Sustaining a New Order of Communication in Nigeria.” Communicatio Socialis Yearbook, Indore, India, iv, 1985, 93-100.

“The Role of Religion in the Process of Development of a Nation.” The Catholic Witness, Ìbàdàn, Nigeria, no. 7, 1983, 17-24.

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Conference Proceedings

“Preaching as Communication: A Response to Pentecostal Challenge.” In Luke E. Ijezie, Stephen Audu and Agnes I. Acha (eds.) Theology and Liturgy in the Life of the Church. Lagos: Clear Impact Services, 2012,  257-269.

“Communication as an Element of Healthy Environment: A Christian Perspective.” In F. Nwaigbo et al., (eds.) Theology for Sustainable Ecology in Africa. Port Harcourt: CIWA Publications, 2011, 92-104.

“Communication Dimension of Theological Education for Human Development in Nigeria.” In F. Nwaigbo et al., (eds.) Theological Education for Human Development and Nation-Building in Africa. Port Harcourt: CIWA Publications, 2010,  378-387

“Paul’s Communication Strategies: A Challenge to Agents of Evangelization in the Third Millennium” in Cyril Obanure and Mary Sylvia Nwachukwu eds. CATHAN: A Searchlight on St. Paul. Makurdi: Aboki Publishers, 2010, 248-270.

“The Word of God, Communication and the Millennium Development Goals: A Christian Perspective” in F. Nwaigbo et al, (eds.) The Word of God and Meeting the Millennium Development Goals in Africa. Port Harcourt: CIWA Publications, 2008, 373-384.

“Mediating Politics: The Responsibility of the Christian Communicator in the Market Place of Power”. In F. Nwaigbo et al, (eds.) The Christian in Politics and the West African Experience. Port Harcourt: CIWA Publications, 2007, 408-419.

Ecclesia in Africa in Retrospect and the Way Forward: Proclamation, Witnessing and Social Communication as Agents of Evangelisation”. In Proceedings of SECAM Conference on Evangelisation in Africa, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Tan: Ecoprint Ltd, 2007,  7-35.

“The Church’s Communication Apostolate and the Politics of Resource Control: An Appraisal.” In F. Nwaigbo et al (eds.) The Church and Politics of Resource Control. Port Harcourt: CIWA Publication, 2006, 296-308."

"Communication: A means of evangelization in Onitsha Archdiocese, today and tomorrow. In Catholic Archdiocese of Onitsha. Synod Acta: Evangelization in Onitsha today, pp.328-341. Enugu: SNAAP, 2006.

“Combating HIV/AIDS Pandemic through Mass Media: A Critical Analysis and a Challenge to Church’s Media Apostolate”. In F. Nwaigbo et al (eds.) The Church and HIV/AIDS in West African Context. Port Harcourt: CIWA Publication, 2005, 272-283.

“The Communication Dimension of Christian Leadership in the Multi-Ethnic States of West Africa with Special Reference to Nigeria.” In Ferdinand Nwaigbo et al (eds.) Ethnicity and Christian Leadership in West African Sub-region. Port Harcourt: CIWA Publication,2004,  71-82.

Article in Vatican Newspaper

“Synod means a ‘walking together’.” L’Osservatore Romano, no 9, March 2, 1994, 9-10.


Book Review

“A Review of Elochukwu E. Uzukwu’s A Listening Church: Autonomy and Communion in African Churches” in International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church, vol. 8, no. 4, November, 2008,  373-374.

“A Review of Brendan Carmody, African Conversion”, in Journal of Inculturation Theology, 6, 1, 2004, 90-103.

 Languages Spoken:

Yoruba, English, French and Italian