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Nwachukwu Egbunike

I'm a Nigerian. I write poetry and essays. My research interests are social media, youth political participation, politics and ethnicity.

I blog at FEATHERS PROJECT

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Latest posts by Nwachukwu Egbunike

19 May 2020

Women in Nigeria face a caustic landmine of political advocacy online

Advox

“I’ve grown a really thick skin,” said Fakhriyyah Hashim, co-founder of the #ArewaMeToo movement in northern Nigeria. 

15 May 2020

Nigerian pastor spreads COVID-19 conspiracies and disinformation

COVID-19

Som Nigerian evangelical pastors act as purveyors of disinformation, half-truths and total falsehood about the coronavirus — with divine conviction.

1 May 2020

Nigerian atheist faces death threats for blasphemy against Islam

Advox

"Nigeria is a secular state and freedom of speech is one of the fundamental characteristics of a modern democratic state. Criticizing a religion is not a criminal offence."

23 April 2020

A high-profile funeral highlights a double standard in Nigeria under lockdown

COVID-19

In Nigeria, a high-profile burial amid COVID-19 lockdown orders highlights a double standard when it comes to state guidelines on best practices to mitigate the spread of the deadly disease.

22 April 2020

Malaria vaccine may offer respite from Africa’s greatest health scourge

After three decades of research, the RTS,S malaria vaccine backed by the WHO is getting piloted at a health centre in Kenya for the first time.  

13 April 2020

#IdentityMatrix: a Twitter conversation on identity and digital rights in Africa

Rising Voices

Activists from Burkina Faso, Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya, will lead a social media conversation in their mother tongue on the intersection of languages, ethnicity and digital rights in Africa.

2 April 2020

Nigeria’s elite ‘above the law’ as the poor struggle with COVID-19 measures

COVID-19

The majority of Nigeria's poor live by the day in overcrowded and squalid shanties, without running water and modern toilet facilities. They cannot and will not survive a lockdown. 

25 March 2020

Across Africa, COVID-19 heightens tension between faith and science

COVID-19

While many African governments have taken stringent measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, not all leaders agree with banning faith-based gatherings. 

19 March 2020

Local power play ends the reign of northern Nigeria's emir of Kano

Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II used his privileged voice to confront 'the evil forces of feudalism' that have kept Northern Nigeria 'in bondage for so long'. But this cost him his throne.

Nigeria enforces travel bans amid sloppy management of COVID-19 cases

Nigerian netizens are calling for a travel ban for travelers from high COVID-19 transmission areas. This will strengthen the national response to the pandemic.

14 March 2020

COVID-19 in Africa: ‘Unprecedented levels of mobilization’ as nations brace for pandemic

With at least 19 African countries facing COVID-19, several African governments have taken critical steps toward managing the outbreak, including travel restrictions, health screenings, rapid testing and social distancing measures.

4 March 2020

France24 headline about COVID-19 in Africa irks netizens as racist

COVID-19

Having just a few COVID-19 cases in Africa has puzzled some experts, according to France24. Many netizens felt this news framing relied on stereotypical images of Africa as disease-prone.

2 March 2020

Nigerians wear black to mourn latest victims of terrorist attacks

"We grieve for those who left in haste, with stifled cries and mangled limbs. We mourn Nigerians killed in the fiery furnace called Nigeria."

28 February 2020

An Italian national is the index case patient of COVID-19 disease in Nigeria

COVID-19

Lagos is a commercial hub in Nigeria and the likelihood of a rapid spread of COVID-19 to other parts of the country is a looming possibility.

19 February 2020

Inflation and corruption rattle Nigeria's economy

"Nigeria is a powerful country! Our corrupt government is the reason we are on our knees!"

6 February 2020

Nigeria on defensive after US travel ban casts accusations of security noncompliance

The travel ban came as a surprise to Nigeria, which has been a long-time partner with the US in the global fight against terrorism. 

24 January 2020

A regional security intervention in Nigeria sparks ethnic, political tensions

Amotekun may be the litmus test that defines the restructuring of Nigeria's federalism.

22 January 2020

Another #SexForGrades scandal — and the birth of a movement against sexual harassment in Nigeria

In the last few years, Nigerian women have become ferociously vocal against sexual assault of female students. This is growing into a movement with extraordinary on- and offline impact.

21 January 2020

Nigeria: A failed state — reality or perception?

In addition to threats from Boko Haram, abductions and kidnapping in Nigeria have also become the norm.

11 January 2020

Why is Donald Trump so popular in Nigeria?

Ratings for US President Donald Trump’s handling of world affairs are largely negative around the world. But not in Nigeria.

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