Nigeria and the Politics of Everybody

Social Media, Idealism, and Activism

by Toyin Falola

Forthcoming August 2023

Tags: African Studies, African World Series

ISBN 978-1-5310-2654-7
eISBN 978-1-5310-2655-4

Based on the use of social media as a source and methodology, this book addresses Nigeria from the vantage point of contemporary thematic preoccupations, ideological orientations, and prevailing activism. It is the first book to discuss Nigeria in line with the predominance of social media usage and its dynamic effects on politics, democracy, economy, social constructs, and themes. It highlights the major contemporary issues: corruption, secessionist agitations, feminism, sexuality, democracy, and public resistance. Increasingly, Nigeria is defining itself through the new media, putting political participation, dissent, and determination of the political situation on the instrumentalities of social media. The book offers a mixed method, comprising the use of thousands of online documents, secondary sources, interviews, and observatory data where the views of scholars are used in analyzing critical issues. Interactions with average Nigerians and brilliant minds also shape the elements of the conversations and discussions.

This book is part of the African World Series, edited by Toyin Falola, Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities, University of Texas at Austin.