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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

25 March 2020

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

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

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

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.

24 December 2019

Nigerian government orders release of Omoyele Sowore, journalist and human rights activist

Advox

Omoyele Sowore was arrested in August on charges of treason, money laundry and harassing President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria. He has been in jail despite court pronouncements ordering his release.

8 West African countries rename currency in historic break from France — but colonial-era debts persist

Changing the CFA franc to "Eco" does not change the fact that many West African countries are still locked in a legacy of debt to France in its colonial-era deposit system. 

18 December 2019

2019: A year of flipping scripts and changing narratives in Africa

2019, a year of changing narratives in Africa: Revolutions. Internet shutdowns. Tree-planting. Migration. Feminist songs. Media crackdowns. Cyclones and climate change. Opposition rising. Cultural icons dying. Illness, cures, and healing.

4 December 2019

Join Global Voices’ #WritingTowardFreedom Twitter chat on December 11, 2019

Advox

How has ethnic hate speech, mis- and disinformation and internet shutdowns become insidious threats to online freedom of expression in Africa? Join us for this discussion in a Twitter chat.

28 November 2019

Nigeria's social media bill will obliterate online freedom of expression

Advox

The proposed social media bill will annihilate online freedom of expression, criminalize criticism of the government and legalize internet shutdowns in Nigeria.

8 November 2019

Was this Nigerian English language film too English for an Oscar nomination?

Lionheart, Nigeria's first-ever Oscar submission for best international feature film was disqualified by award organizers because it has too much dialogue in English.

Twitter was a minefield of false information during the 2019 Nigerian elections

Advox

Twitter became a battle ground of ethnocentric disinformation and political propaganda before, during and in the immediate aftermath of the 2019 elections in Nigeria.