The Negotiated Space: Citizens Empowerment and Disempowerment


African Humanities Program Postdoctoral Fellowships


Media Studies


This study seeks to investigate the extent to which new media platforms such as twitter can lead to citizens engagement or disengagement in an emerging democracy like Nigeria characterized by socio-economic, political and security tensions using the #BringBackOurGirls social movement as a case study. Using interviews and discourse analysis, this study will explore the concept of social movement and how people engage or interact with themselves within a social movement. Also, the study will examine the relationship and the nature of such interaction(s) that existed or do exist between the social movement and its members, social movement and the government, and the extent such interaction has led to citizen empowerment or disempowerment.