Engr. Vincent I. Maduka, OFR – Pioneer Director-General of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA)

Vincent Maduka was born on 5th October 1935, to parents who hailed from Illah in Delta State. He attended King’s College, Lagos before proceeding to the University of Leeds (England), where he graduated with B.Sc. (Hons.) in Electrical Engineering in 1959. He later went up to Ireland (UCD), and obtained the M.Eng.Sc. degree in Applied Acoustics in 1969.

He spent the years 1959 to 1961 at Marconi Company (UK), before joining the Western Nigeria Broadcasting Corporation (WNTV-WNBS) as a broadcast engineer in Ibadan, Nigeria in 1961. After his Masters degree, he worked briefly at the Irish broadcasting organization, RTE, Dublin, before returning again to Nigeria in 1969. He was promoted Chief Engineer, WNTV-WNBS in that year with overall technical responsibility and was appointed General Manager and Chief Executive in 1973. In 1977, Engr. Maduka was appointed the pioneer Director-General of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) with over 7,000 employees, 21 production centres and 40 transmitting stations, by 1984. He was assigned as Technical Adviser to the Ministry of Communications in 1983, was returned to NTA after one year, and retired voluntarily in 1986 to set up the firm, Macrocon Systems Ltd. The firm offers services in Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Management.

He has written and presented numerous papers on the platforms of Broadcasting, Management, Telecommunications and Engineering, covering subjects like Public Services and Business Management, Long-range Planning, Culture on Management, Development Support Communication, De-regulation, Leadership, etc in Nigeria and abroad.

Engr. Maduka has held corporate and similar directorships in both the public and private sectors, including the chairmanship of the Bendel Broadcasting Service, Lawson Thomas & Colleagues (Advertising) Ltd., NITEL (the national telecommunications carrier), Magnum Trust Bank and Radix Capital Partners Limited.

A Registered Engineer (COREN), Engr. Maduka is a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers and a former President of that Society. He is a Foundation Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering (FAEng) and was elected President of that Academy from 2004 to 2005. In February 2008, he was appointed Senior Fellow in the School of Media and Communication of the Pan-African (now Pan-Atlantic) University, Lagos.

He was appointed a chief by the paramount ruler of Illah, with the title Okita in 1993, and in 2003, he was awarded the Nigerian national honour of the Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR). He was a member of the 2014 National Conference

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