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Prof. Innocent Chiluwa

Covenant University, Ota., Nigeria

Innocent Chiluwa

Can information technology and social media enhance the voice of African women for political participation? Are there lessons to learn from Germany and Norway?

Studies (e.g., Loiseau and Nowacka 2015) have established that social media has proved to be a powerful communication platform for bringing women’s rights issue to the attention of the wider public and encouraging policy makers to step up commitments to gender equality. Women rights groups, especially in developed countries have utilized  the social media to advance the women’s course – especially mobilising attention and accountability to women’s rights, and challenging discrimination and stereotypes that hinder women’s participation in politics and representation in parliaments (Loader and Mercia, 2011).

This study will investigate online activities of women political advocacy groups in Nigeria and Ghana and compare them to those of their female counterparts in Europe – especially how technological factors such as access to information technology has contributed to empowerment efforts. Are there lessons for women’s political rights groups in Africa from the gains of their European counterparts in Germany and Norway towards achieving the participation of more women in politics and governance, especially with the use of information technology? The study will further probe the nature of historical, cultural and political factors in Nigeria and Ghana that have hindered women participation in political leadership, as well as investigate other cultural or constitutional factors that has aided women’s political progress in Europe, especially in Germany and Norway where women were heads of government.

Main Research Topics

  • Digitization and social movement
  • Women’s rights groups
  • Social media and activism
  • Political participation
  • Women in government and advocacy

Curriculum Vitae

  • Head of Department of Languages & General Studies (2020-2021)
  • Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s special award/renewed stay in Freiburg (2019-2020)
  • Dean, College of Leadership and Development Studies (2018-2019)
  • Visiting (AvH) Scholar at the University Freiburg (2014)
  • Head of Department of English, Covenant University (2012-2014)
  • Georg Forster/ Humboldt post-doctoral scholar, University of Freiburg (2009-2011)

Lectures and Publications


“Language in Conflict and Peace: Representations of Identities and Interests in the Media and the Internet.” Inaugural Lecture. Covenant University, March 20, 2021.

“Researching the Language of Conflict.” Plenary Lecture: 4TH PrAN International Conference & Workshop. Department of English and Literature, University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria. February 8, 2021.

“West African English in Digital Discourse.” Invited Lecture. University of Munster, Germany. December 10, 2019.

Books (Selected)

Chiluwa, I. (ed). (2022) Discourse, Media and Conflict: Examining war and resolution in the news. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Chiluwa, I. (ed). (2021) Discourse and Conflict: Analysing text and talk of conflict, hate and peace-building. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Chiluwa, I. & Samoilenko, S. (e.d.) (2019) Deception, Fake News and Misinformation Online. Hershey PA: IGI Global.

Chiluwa, I. & Bouvier G. (2019) Twitter: Global Perspectives, Uses and Research Techniques. (eds.) New York: Nova Science Publishers.

Chiluwa, I. & Bouvier G. (2019) Activism, campaigning and political discourse on Twitter: New York: Nova Science Publishers.

Journal Articles (Selected)

Chiluwa, I. & Chiluwa, I. M. (2022) ‘Deadlier than Boko Haram’: Representations of the herder-farmer conflict in the local and foreign press Media, War & Conflict 15(1), 3-24 (SAGE). (First published online in 2020)

Chiluwa, I. (2022) Women’s online advocacy campaigns for political participation in Nigeria and Ghana. Critical Discourse Studies, 19(5), 465-484. (Taylor & Francis). DOI: 10.1080/17405904.2021.1999287

Chiluwa, I. (2021) Resisting corruption in the Nigerian legislature: A critical discourse analysis of news and opinion articles on legislators’ salaries. Discourse & Communication 15(5), 519-541 (SAGE).

Chiluwa, I., Taiwo, R. & Ajiboye, E. (2020) Hate speech and political media discourse in Nigeria: The case of the Indigenous People of Biafra. International Journal of Media & Cultural Politics 16(2), 191-212.

Chiluwa, I. & Chiluwa, I. M. (2020) Separatists or Terrorists, Jews or Nigerians? Media and cyber discourses on the complex identity of the ‘Biafrans.’ Journal of Language and Politics 19(4), 583-603. (John Benjamins)

Chiluwa I. (2018) A nation divided against itself: Biafra and the conflicting online protest discourses. Discourse & Communication, 12(4), 357-381. (SAGE).

Chiluwa I. (2017) The discourse of terror threats: assessing online written threats by Nigerian terrorist groups. Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, 40(4), 318-338, (Taylor & Francis).

Chiluwa I. & Odebunmi, A. (2016) On terrorist attacks in Nigeria: Stance and engagement in conversations on Nairaland. Communication and the Public 1(1), 91-109, (SAGE).

Chiluwa I. (2015) Radicalist discourse: a study of the stances of Nigeria’s Boko Haram and Somalia’s Al Shabaab on Twitter. Journal of Multicultural Discourses: Special Issue on Social Media, Discourse and Culture, 10(2), 214-235 (Routledge)

Chiluwa I. & Ifukor, P. (2015) War against our children: stance and evaluation in #BringBackOurGirls campaign discourse on Twitter and Facebook. Discourse & Society, 26(3), 267-296, (SAGE).

Chiluwa I. (2012) Social media networks and the discourse of resistance: a sociolinguistic CDA of Biafra online discourse. Discourse & Society 23(3), 217-244. (SAGE)

Chiluwa I. (2012) Citizenship, participation and computer-mediated discourse: the case of Nigeria. Pragmatics and Society 3(1), 61-88. (John Benjamins)

Prof. Innocent Chiluwa

Covenant University, Ota., Nigeria

Fellow at CAIS from October 2022 to March 2023