Fredrick Ogenga

  • Research field security
  • Institution Rongo University, Kenya
  • Position director of the Center for Media, Democracy, Peace & Security
  • Theme De-radicalization


Dr. Ogenga is a Professor of Communication and Media Studies, the Head of the Department of Communication, Journalism and Media Studies, Rongo University, Kenya and the Founding Director, Center for Media, Democracy, Peace & Security (CMDPS). He writes expert commentaries for the Daily Nation and Standard mainstream newspapers in Kenya, has been quoted by leading global news outlets such as the Voice of America (VOA) and participated in a UN policy round table on Media Representations of (in) Security in Africa. He has contributed several peer-reviewed scholarly journal articles on media, elections, conflict, de-radicalization and peacebuilding in Africa in journals such as Journal of African Elections, Africa Conflict and Peace-building Review, Conflict and Communication Online, Media and Democracy Journal, Global Media Journal, Journal of Journalism and Mass Communication, Africa Journal of Democracy and Governance, Congo Afrique, Semiotica – Global Journal of Semiotics among others.

Dr. Ogenga is a beneficiary of the 2014 and 2016 Africa Diaspora Fellowship (ADF), recipient of the 2014 Africa Peacebuilding Network (APN) Research Grant, Carnegie Fund for Conference Attendance and APN’s 2017 East Africa Media Training Workshop Grant. He is also a recipient of the 2016 Southern Voices Network for Peace building Scholarship (Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, USA). Ogenga has worked as a Visiting Scholar on Media and Sociology at the Institute for the Advancement of Social Sciences (IASS), Boston University, USA and was appointed a Visiting Researcher at the African Studies Center, Boston University, in 2015. Currently, he has been appointed as a member of the International Panel for Exiting Violence (IPEV).

At Rongo University’s Center for Media, Democracy, Peace and Security, Ogenga is championing a pan-African journalistic institutional approach as a means of preventing violent conflict. The approach is premised on Hybrid Peace Journalism (HPJ) pan-African philosophical and methodological gnosis to media representation of conflict and Africa anchored on Utu or Humanity, Umoja or Unity and Harambee or collective belonging.