A Review of the Road Before the Fourth Estate

A Review of the Road Before the Fourth Estate
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” I believe when you develop yourself, Nigeria benefits automatically, there is a multiplier effect … So national development, I think starts with self development “

Tolu Ogunlesi, excerpt from the Road before the fourth estate, page 94

While we pondered what would be of campus journalism at the exodus of great campus journalism icons we have come to know & love, this book came.

The Road Before The Fourth Estate is the first book that centers on campus journalism in Nigeria. It’s authors; Kunle Adebajo and Kanyinsola Olorunnisola are both graduates of Nigeria’s Premier University and are not just well known but also well experienced as far as the theme of the book is concerned. Having held significant positions in the community of campus journalists, the authors share their experiences as a guide to aspiring pressmen .

The book is divided into three parts. The first part covers random questions that distils in the heart of  the campus journalist such as; how to balance academics with press activities, reporting dicey topics amongst others

The second part of the book covers various types of writing tips for an excellent piece. Each type was backed up by a sample article for example the controversial article on Mellanby Hall titled “University of Ibadan: Land of Cosmetic Roofs and Traumatic Loos?”

The third part consists of interviews of the big names in campus journalism both past and present. Some of which include Tijani Mayowa, Tolu Ogunlesi, Osho Samuel amongst others.

I began reading from the covers and I’d say the book exceeded the blurbs. Its well phrased sentences appeal to everyone. The 163 paged book is full of wisdom with each paragraph passing a message that completely resonates with the mind of the average campus journalist.

Some amazing excerpts from the book are itemized below.

In the end, diligence and focus will get you far. You need to forge ahead and remember the goal you set for yourself at the beginning “

Kayinsola, on balancing academics with press work, page 32

“Finally, after you must have tasted fame one way or another, beware of two things; pride and shortcuts.”

Kunle Adebajo, on journalism & fame, page 36


Currently, only hard copies of book can be obtained personally from the authors of the book and from Mellanby Hall Press Organization for a token of 1500 naira. The book is expected to be available for purchase in the University of Ibadan book store soon. If you’re interested in campus journalism in particular and writing in general, this book is a must read and is highly recommended. Try getting a copy from the outlets listed above.


Adekunle Adebajo:

‘Kunle is a multiple award-winning poet, essayist and public speaker. He was the Grand Prize Winner of the 2016 Fisayo Soyombo Essay Competition and 2016 National Higher Education Foundation Essay Competition. He was also 2nd runner-up at the 2016 African Leadership Essay Contest among many others. His favourite and most-penned about subject-matter is the Nigerian education system, which he considers the lost messiah of the nation.

He is the editor-in-chief of TheTranverse & founder of Chartaville.His works have been published by The Nation, The Cable Nigeria, Guardian Newspaper, Olisa TV, The Sheet NG, among many other platforms. He likes to think of himself as a logophile and grey supremacist, and one day, hopes to be called a lawyer by choice, journalist by providence and entrepreneur of necessity.

Kayinsola Olorunnisola:

Kanyinsola Olorunnisola is a poet, essayist and writer of fiction. He writes from Ibadan, Nigeria. His writings border on the themes of unease, racism, colonialism, terror and all things familiar to the black folk. He describes his art as that specialized literary alchemy which aims to extract beauty from the frail commonplaceness of words.

His experimental works have appeared or are forthcoming on such platforms as Brittle Paper, Kalahari Review, Bombay Review, Lunaris Review, African Writer, Sprinng.org, Authorpedia, Kreative Diadem, Parousia Magazine and Sampad International Journal. He was the 2016 recipient of the Albert Jungers Poetry

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