Nigeria’s Digital Diaspora
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312 Pages

22.8 x 15.2 cm

Series: Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora

Series Vol. Number: 87

Imprint: University of Rochester Press

Nigeria's Digital Diaspora

Citizen Media, Democracy, and Participation

by Farooq A. Kperogi

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In a disruptive media landscape characterized by the relentless death of legacy newspapers, Nigeria's Digital Diaspora shows that a country's transnational elite can shake its media ecosystem through distant online citizen journalism.

2021 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title Winner.

Over a decade ago, when Nigeria's migratory digital elite in the United States pioneered a new fangled form of online citizen journalism that disrupted the certainties of legacy journalism, the country's professional journalists assumed that this amateur insurgency would be transitory. Instead, it was transformative. Diasporic online citizen journalism is now not only an integral part of Nigeria's media ecosystem, it has also inspired successful homeland emulators and is challenging, even in some cases supplanting, traditional media in the nation's democratic discourse. Within the frenetic and deeply engaged social media scene, diasporic citizen journalism, homeland news, and social media activism are merging to create the most energetic moment in Nigeria's media history. Nigeria's Digital Diaspora chronicles the emergence and transformation of this diasporic citizen journalism from the margins to the mainstream of the country's journalistic landscape.
Introduction
Citizen and Alternative Journalism: Mapping the Conceptual Contours
The Nigerian Press: From Colonial Evangelism to Guerrilla Journalism
The Nigerian Digital Diasporic Public Sphere
Profiles of Diasporic Citizen Media Sites
From the Diaspora to the Homeland: Role Reversal in News Flows
The Nigerian Government's Response to the Diasporic Citizen Media
Domestic Online Media, Social Networked Journalism, and Participation
Mainstreaming of Diasporic Citizen Journalism and Implications for Nigerian Journalism
Notes
Bibliography
Index

Farooq A. Kperogi is Associate Professor of Journalism and Emerging Media at Kennesaw State University, Georgia, USA. He is a columnist for the Nigerian Tribune and blogs at https://www.farooqkperogi.com/

"This is an important book and essential reading for any scholar in the field of Nigerian studies." African Studies Quarterly
"Kperogi points to the emergence of an "energetic moment" (p. 301) in the history of journalism, and provides a brilliant
historical narration of the formation of the Nigerian press from its early years tied to missionary activities, through the changes under colonial rule, and now to the modern world dominated by the digital." CHOICE

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Title Details

312 Pages

2.28 x 1.52 cm

Series: Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora

Series Vol. Number: 87

Imprint: University of Rochester Press