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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

16 April 2018

Liberian journalists detained, slapped with US 1.8 million lawsuit amid political feud

Advox

Only weeks after FrontPage Africa reported on the LEITI scandal, the newspaper was slammed with a crippling libel civil lawsuit. Press freedom activists believe FrontPage Africa has been targeted.

12 April 2018

Will Tanzanian Bloggers Pay Up or Push Back Against ‘Blogger Tax'?

Advox

In Tanzania, where media historically holds strong ties to government interests, blogging opened up possibilities for individuals to establish private news outlets that proved immensely powerful.

9 April 2018

On World Health Day, African Nations from East to West Struggle to Improve Basic Health Care

Whether it's psychiatric illness and stigmatization in Somalia, the rising drug abuse epidemic of Nigerian youth or the exodus of Nigerian doctors, the state of health across Africa remains precarious. 

20 March 2018

“Africa and the Poetry of News”: Global Voices Hosts a Twitter Chat for World Poetry Day

To honor World Poetry Day on March 21, 2018, Global Voices sub-Saharan Africa team will host a Twitter chat on "Africa and the Poetry of News." Join us! #GVSSA #Poetrynews

21 February 2018

As Leaders Step Down, a Cautious Hope Rises on the African Continent

The Bridge

After the resignation of Zuma and Desalegn, "the mood on the continent is one of hope, on the one hand, and of palpable restraint and scepticism on the other."

14 February 2018

Several Months After Their Abduction by Boko Haram, Thirteen Nigerian Citizens Regain Freedom

"We are so pleased that these 13 people are free and will be able to see their families again..."

15 January 2018

Nigerian Police Arrest a Journalist and His Brother Over a News Article They Didn't Write

Advox

"Police have no business raiding a journalist's home and locking him up just because an officer does not like something written in the press."

12 January 2018

Africans ‘School’ US President on Good Governance After ‘Shithole’ Comment Sparks Global Outrage

"Yes, Africa [has] problems. We don't dispute it. But name calling & outright disrespect by the very nation that has stripped off its resources for years is totally crossing it."

29 August 2017

Nigeria's President Surprises With a Speech Not About His Health, but About Ethnic Tensions

President Muhammadu Buhari finally returned after three months in the UK on medical vacation, and his first public address flagged online comments that "question[ed] our collective existence as a nation."

4 August 2017

Even the Best Dancer Leaves the Dance Floor: African Strongmen and Political Transition

The Bridge

"The fear of challenging leaders who cling to power is, for some Africans, rooted in anxiety about alternatives—alternatives which remain unknown because they are never allowed to emerge and develop."

12 July 2017

As Ethnic Hate Speech Rises, Nigerian Writers Push Back

Advox

The confusion has been exacerbated by the absence of President Muhammadu Buhari who has been on medical leave in London since May, leaving behind a divided nation.

22 June 2017

Nigerians Celebrate the Election of Seven British-Nigerians to the UK Parliament

While the federal government of Nigerians is congratulating the new MPs, some Nigerians say the government should not appropriate the electoral victory of the British-Nigerians.

7 May 2017

Nigerians Celebrate the Release of 82 Chibok Girls from Boko Haram's Captivity

The girls were set free following negotiations between the government and Boko Haram militants.

4 May 2017

Nigeria’s President Has Disappeared Again, and Nigerians Demand to Know Why

Buhari recently returned from Britain after weeks of medical leave, but questions about his health resurfaced when he skipped a federal executive meeting on April 12. And he's still missing.

30 April 2017

A Royal Misdemeanour Makes for a Heated Discussion in Nigeria

"I even love the Ooni of Ife more after the snub meted out to him by the uppity head of a tiny chiefdom. Oba Akiolu of Lagos played himself."

CNN Reignites the Great West African Jollof Rice War During Visit to Nigeria

Cries of indignation rang out all over Nigeria after a CNN journalist put the country's information minister in a tight spot with a provocative question about a popular dish.

28 January 2017

Goodbye to Buchi Emecheta, Celebrated Nigerian Novelist Who Broke Gender Barriers

"Perhaps Emecheta’s grandest legacy was making us realise that feminism isn’t alien to Africa. She clearly defined African feminism as one that is different from that of the West."

16 October 2016

Nigerian President Says First Lady ‘Belongs to My Kitchen’ and ‘The Other Room’

"I don't know which party my wife belongs to, but she belongs to my kitchen and my living room and the other room," the president said.

23 September 2016

A Specially Designed Keyboard Allows Yorùbá and Igbo Speakers to Type Their Languages

Rising Voices

"With this keyboard, we are addressing technical barriers to the use of Yorùbá and Igbo online."

29 August 2016

Nigeria: Curbing the Tide of Ethnic Hate — Online and Off

The Bridge

Nigeria is the most active African country for political conversations on Twitter. That vibrant digital sphere, however, is fraught with hate speech.

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