Clicktivism and Political Engagement in Nigeria

Temple Uwalaka

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Abstract

This study evaluates the importance of clicktivism and connective action
in political participation and engagement in Nigeria by interrogating how
Nigerian youths and civil society groups that supported them used social
media to enhance their #nottooyoungtorun bill campaign in Nigeria. The
'Not Too Young to Run' bill was a constitutional amendment movement
led by young Nigerians to reduce the age limit to run for elected office in
Nigeria. This paper analysed 12,763 sample contents from Facebook and
Twitter regarding #nottooyoungtorun. Data reveal that clicktivism played
a potent role in the success of the campaign. Data further reveal that social
media was used to educate supporters of the bill, contact and shame
lawmakers into supporting the bill. Findings show that clicktivism is a
germane political participation and engagement act. Using the logic of
connective action theory broadly, this paper argues the fusion of
collective and connective actions in the campaign, and through this,
extend the theorisation of the logic of connective action.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-22
Number of pages22
JournalThe Nigerian Journal of Communication
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2020

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