Nicholas Anakwue

Thesis Title: The Hashtag Revolution: Examining the Role of Cultural Netizenship in Promoting Political Change in Sub-Saharan Africa

Abstract: In recent years, the proliferation of social media platforms and the widespread adoption of smartphones have provided a new avenue for political activism in sub-Saharan Africa. The hashtag has emerged as a particularly powerful tool, allowing marginalized voices to be amplified and mobilizing collective action. However, the relationship between cultural netizenship and political change in this context is complex and not well understood. This proposal seeks to address this gap in the literature by examining the role of cultural netizenship in promoting political change in sub-Saharan Africa.

To address this research question, the proposed study will employ a mixed-methods approach, including both qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis, with a case study analysis of three specific hashtags that have been associated with political change in sub-Saharan Africa: #EndSARS in Nigeria, #SilentProtest in South Africa, and #FreeZakzaky in Nigeria.

Overall, this proposal seeks to contribute to a better understanding of the role of cultural netizenship in promoting political change in sub-Saharan Africa, and to provide valuable insights for those working in the fields of communication, sociology, and political science.

First Supervisor: Dr. Peter Brett

Publications: Anakwue, N. (2017). Nietzschean will to power and the politics of personalities in public diplomacy. SocialScientia Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, 2(3): 1-15.

Anakwue, N. (2018). The African origins of Greek philosophy: Ancient Egypt in retrospect. Phronimon: Journal of the South African Society for Greek Philosophy and the Humanities, 18: 167-180.

Ogbechie, R. & Anakwue, N. (2018). Ethical principles and practices in Africa. In U. Uzo & A. Kinoti (Eds.). Indigenous management practices in Africa: A guide for educators and practitioners – Advanced Series in Management, Vol. 19. Bingley, UK: Emerald Publishers.

Anakwue, N. (2023). Re-centering Africa in the study of ancient philosophy: The legacy of ancient Egyptian philosophy. In M. Ward. & M. Umachandran (Ed.). Critical Ancient World Studies: The Case for Forgetting Classics. London: Routledge Publishers.

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Pathway: Pathway 13: PPPG

Cohort: Pathway 13: PPPG