n Communicare : Journal for Communication Sciences in Southern Africa - Nigerian blogosphere and identity change of women : analysis of top five female bloggers in Nigeria

Volume 38 Number 2
  • ISSN : 0259-0069


Nigerian women face patriarchal subjugation and intimidation both politically, economically and socially, just like most women in all parts of Africa. But this scenario seems to be different in the social media landscape, where young Nigerian women are not only making waves but are calling the shots as well. This study is aimed at critically assessing the Nigerian blogosphere in order to ascertain how five female bloggers, namely Linda Ikeji, Uche Pedro, Stella Dimoko Korkus, Tosin Ajibade and Judith Emike Audu-Foght, have impacted positively on the lives of women. The study reviewed relevant literature and also analysed what women-related contents each of the five bloggers post in their various blogs. Apart from the study of the contents of the blogs, interviews were employed in collecting relevant data from the bloggers. These two approaches helped in answering the research questions which guided the study. The paper concludes that through blogging, the identities of Nigerian women have been positively impacted on in various ways like in the building of portfolios, sharing of knowledge, self-expression and building of professional networks. The study recommends that since the mainstream media have failed to give voices to African women, it is high time women take it upon themselves and better their identities through the opportunities offered by the internet.

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