ROLE OF EMMANUEL TELEVISION PROGRAMMES IN PROMOTING CHRISTIAN RELIGION CONSCIOUSNESS AMONG PEOPLE OF ENUGU STATE.

ABSTRACT

The study set out to examines the role of Emmanuel Television programmes in promoting Christian Religion Consciousness among people of Enugu state. It is observed that Emmanuel television channel often contributed lots to their socio-economy and spiritual life generally. The study is anchored on the Social Categories Theory, Uses and Gratifications Theory, Selective Media Perception and Selective Retention. The reserach employed survey research method coupled with 180 copies of questionnaires that were administered to respondents in Enugu, out of which 164 copies were correctly filled and analysed using frequency and percentage table method with SPSS version 20. Also, 43.9% admitted watching Emmanuel television channel, spending reasonable amount of time watching the television. Many of them (87%) watch the channel via DSTV, GOTV and Startimes while it was admitted that the television station promotes Christian Religion consciousness in Enugu through testimonies, gift/help and miracles and predictions broadcast on the channel. It is evidence that despite what some people are say about Emmanuel TV, majority of the respondents like the television because it serves as a boost their faith, to get healed and because of the testimony. It is recommended that religion bodies that are interested in promoting religion through the media should do it with caution by promoting relevant issues that will not jeopardize the national interest while hate religion speeches and programmes should be shunned because Nigeria is not only a multi-ethnic nation but also a pluralism society where there are many religions.

 

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