ISBN 9789785991048
Pages 154
Dimensions 224x170 mm
Published 2024
Publisher Pan-Atlantic University Press, Nigeria
Format Paperback

Digital Youth and Social Movements

Perspectives from Nigeria

by Nwachukwu Egbunike

Digital Youth and Social Movements (Perspectives from Nigeria) is an incisive and significant book that engages the reader in a survey of three significant hashtags and social movements in Nigeria's digital history - #OccupyNigeria (2012), #EndSARS (2020) and #Obidient (2023). Essentially different from each other, but with a major commonality: they were all digitally-mediated youth movements. This book curates the generational differences among these protest movements. It presents an opportunity to reflect on how the promises of technology have been fulfilled but also how they have been thwarted by anti-democratic actors in Africa.

Egbunike's Digital Youth and Social Movements (Perspectives from Nigeria) illuminate pathways to the efficacy and sustainability of social movements and their agenda. It is, therefore, a valuable source of insights and direction for movement builders and online activists - whether they are promoting political, social, environmental or other social justice causes - to navigate some of the perils that undermine digital technology's contribution to building inclusive, cohesive, and democratic societies in Africa.

- Wairagala Wakabi, PhD. Executive Director, CIPESA (Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa), Uganda

In addition to his 2018 book - Hashtags: social media, politics and ethnicity in Nigeria, Nwachukwu Egbunike has also published several scholarly essays on the intersections of social media and social movements in a Global South context. His new book, Digital Youth and Social Movements (Perspectives from Nigeria), builds on this solid scholarship, establishing him as a powerful voice on the subject of digital media, youth culture, and civic engagement in Nigeria.

 

- James Yékú, PhD. Assistant Professor of African Digital Humanities, University of Kansas

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About the Author

Nwachukwu Egbunike

Dr Nwachukwu Egbunike is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Media and Communication, Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos, Nigeria. His research agenda encompasses the intercessions of digital media with social movements, youth political participation, freedom of expression and digital authoritarianism. He was formerly Global Voices' Regional Editor for Sub Saharan Africa. Egbunike is the author of these books: Dyed Thoughts: A Conversation in and from My Country (Ibadan: Feathers & Ink, 2012); Blazing Moon (Ibadan: Feathers & Ink, 2015); Hashtags: Social Media, Politics and Ethnicity in Nigeria (Lagos: Narrative Landscape Press, 2018); and Nka (Ibadan: Winepress, 2021). Digital Youth and Social Movements (Perspectives from Nigeria) is his fifth book.