Leadership in digital activism: an example of techno-enthusiasts in Nigeria

Temple Uwalaka

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Abstract

This paper explores the importance of leadership in the organisation of social movements in Nigeria and examines how the leadership style adopted impacted the organisation of two social movements in Nigeria. Using response from 34 semi-structured interviews from university students in Nigeria that participated in the protests, the paper finds that Leadership remains crucial to the organisation of social movements in Nigeria. Results further indicate that the leadership style adopted impacts the organisation of social movements in Nigeria, more so, than the media platform. Results also show that Techno-Enthusiasts in 2012 unlike the Nigeria Labour Congress in 2016 used their technological skills to rouse a passive generation into action. This paper concludes with a proposed leadership typology for social movement organisation in Nigeria.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)229-244
Number of pages16
JournalCommunication Research and Practice
Volume6
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jul 2020

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