n AFFRIKA Journal of Politics, Economics and Society - The role of the media in nation-building in Nigeria

Volume 6, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1998-4936
  • E-ISSN: 2075-6534


In any democracy, the media often plays a critical role in creating, moulding, shaping and reflecting public opinion, which is why it is often called the Fourth Estate of the Realm. But what role do the media play in the nation-building process in a 'low-trust' and 'fragile' state like Nigeria?

The article discusses the various ways in which Nigeria's societal structure influences the way the media operates in the country and how this in turn impacts on the nation-building process. It argues that though the media seems to undermine the nation-building process through such practices as the promotion of group think and hate-speech, other variables such as the existence of media watchdogs, the party loyalty of the media owners as well as the commercial and competition imperatives that influence the way the media function in Nigeria often constrain the media's ability be tools for undermining the nation-building process.

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