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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

Digital rights in Africa is still far from the internet freedom we desire

Despite the prevailing circumstance, but hopeful about the future, eight Global Voices contributors from six African countries discuss Internet freedom and how digital rights can be promoted in the continent.

Nigerians demand names of politicians slammed with US visa ban

The US visa ban extends to politicians who promoted violence during the 2019 national elections and undermined Nigeria’s democratic process. 

School children and their teacher kidnapped in Nigeria's Kaduna, as armed bandits run amok

The armed bandits who abducted four students and their teacher from Damba-Kasaya, Kaduna State, Nigeria are demanding a ransom to release their captives.  

Nigeria's Abubakar Idris Dadiyata still missing, one year after abduction

“How can Dadiyata disappear without trace for a year in Nigeria and the government be just so nonchalant about it, seeking exculpation rather than taking full responsibility for finding him?”

Abused and infected with COVID-19, Nigerian domestic workers are stranded in Beirut

African governments must press on their Lebanese counterpart to grant amnesty to all migrant domestic workers to be repatriated to their home countries and abolish the slave-like Kafala labour laws. 

Nigerians counteract COVID-19 denialism with social media campaigns

Nigerians directly confront coronavirus denial headlong with counter-narratives that use ordinary language in campaigns devoid of the usual mistrust between citizens and governments. 

A never-ending cycle of doctors’ strikes and funding debacles leaves Nigerians at the mercy of the pandemic

Events such as doctors’ strikes and funding debacles are bound to recur until the root cause of the problem is exorcised from Nigeria's public health system.

Harrowing tales from African domestic workers in Lebanon 

African domestic workers are essentially slaves in the Gulf and Arab countries, under the Kafala sponsorship system that allows this exploitation and abuse to continue. 

The Kano COVID-19 deaths: Forced relocations and disinformation creates widespread confusion (Part II)

Forced relocations of children contributed to the possible spread of COVID-19 and online disinformation along ethnoreligious lines added to the general confusion surrounding mass deaths in Kano State, Nigeria.

The Kano COVID-19 deaths: Stories untold (Part I)

Our research reconstructed the failure of authorities to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Kano, which resulted in hundreds of deaths despite persistent mass media and social media documentation.

Women in Nigeria face a caustic landmine of political advocacy online

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

Nigerian pastor spreads COVID-19 conspiracies and disinformation

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

Nigerian atheist faces death threats for blasphemy against Islam

"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."

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

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.

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.  

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

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.

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

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. 

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. 

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.

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