I am a media specialist with over 26 years of experience spanning newspaper reporting, editing, corporate communication, and media research. I am presently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of The Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, and Lead Strategist at The Chatter House, a New Media consultancy based in Lagos, Nigeria.
I completed an MA Social Media programme at the University of Westminster, London in 2014 and have a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Ibadan (1988).
In September 1998, I attended a Writing Business News course sponsored by the Reuters Foundation in London and between January and July 2000, was at the Oxford University, the United Kingdom for the Foundation’s University Fellowship. My project was ‘Corruption and Economic Development in Nigeria.’
I was also at the International Forum for Democratic Studies, National Endowment for Democracy, Washington D.C as a Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows fellow, where I produced a handbook independent media monitoring, ‘The Problem With The Nigerian media.’
My broad interest, as my research projects at both the Reuters Institute and the NED prove, is in the area of democracy and the media. My ongoing doctoral research project, ‘From Iwe Irohin To SaharaReporters.com: Hardcoding Citizen Journalism In Nigeria’ is designed to interrogate how, why new media is being used for citizen journalism; what impact user-generated content is having on the Nigerian political process. Of particular interest to me is how the useful features of new media can be ‘hardcoded’ into the entire media system to enhance discourse, the political process and ultimately good governance in the country.
This study hopes to build on the insight from my MA research project, ‘Social Media and Political Activism In Nigeria: A Marriage Made In Heaven Or Just A One-Night Stand?’ That study, using OccupyNigeria as a case study deconstructed social media activism to gain an understanding of the democratic credentials of new media.