It’s Independence Day in Nigeria, fifty two years since the British handed over.
I’ll be blogging regularly from now on.
This blog is delighted to be a member of the newly-launched Guardian Africa Network.
Below are links to some of the work I’ve been doing lately:
ONGOING CONCERNS, my weekly column for YNaija
For Wings Magazine, on the filming of Chimamanda Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun in Calabar, Nigeria
For Wings Magazine, on an Africa-inspired Olympics
For CNN, on how mobile phones are changing lives in Africa
For NSFW Corp, on the Nigerian obsession with American presidential elections (and octogenarian godfathers) (subscription required)
Inaugural blog (first of 12) for the Caine Prize
Er, How Many Nigerians Does It Take To Change A Light Bulb
My article, An ‘Evening of kingmakers’ – PDP Presidential Primaries 2011, has just appeared in Y! online, here
There must have been millions of Nigerians watching through the traditional media – the live TV and radio broadcasts.
Unlike four years ago, however, there was another community observing – those tuned in through social networking media. What that group may have lacked in size (the truth is that there are far fewer people within than outside it) they more than made up for in the aggressive energy with which they pushed out their opinions – on Twitter, 140 unruly characters at a time.
This community didn’t exist when the PDP selected the late Umar Yar’Adua as its Presidential candidate in December 2006. Its members did exist of course, but the ‘wiring’ and ‘platform’ that made it possible for them to ‘network’ and aggregate their voices into one raucous, witty, irreverent conversation didn’t exist back then.
Read the full piece here