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The Use of Social Intelligence as a Tool for Improving the Relevance of Libraries in the Society Relevance of Libraries in the Society

The roles libraries play in contributing to the progress of the society cannot be overemphasized because libraries are one of the institutions needed for the over-all attainment of 21st-century goals. This paper argues that the use of Social Intelligence in the library services would aid the creation of new experience for library users and other stakeholders, which will result in increasing the credibility and recognition of libraries across various societies. Its main objective is to cr...

Miscommunication and EnGENDERed Spaces in Nigerian Digital Performances.

AbstractThe Nigerian theatre now transcends the physical space to the virtual sphere manifesting as digital performances. Within this virtual space is an over lapping layer of mediatized performances which are reinforced in a number of ways. Interestingly, the performances accommodate overwhelming references to the female gender and there exists mis/communication of perceived bias and prejudices against women. This essay critically analyses some of these digital performances through...

The New Normal and Gendered Violence in Nigerian Film Space.

Arguably, film is the most magical form of storytelling. It is that genre that is most similar to our dreams; a place where a lot of possibilities abound. In the case of Nigerian films, there is little or no holding back as creativity and imagination are often interlaced with biased and unbiased social constructs. This study considers ‘New Normal’ as the current thematic preoccupation of Nigerian films to trivialise women’s rights and promote abuses. This phenomeno...

The Trajectories of Bond-Servant and Slavery in Old Calabar: A Postcolonial reading of Jeta Amata’s Amazing Grace and Etubom Effiwatt’s Ofin Ekedi Eyen

AbstractThe notion of the bond-servant, which is often construed as domestic slavery, existed in Old Calabar before the arrival of the European slave merchants. Old Calabar was a prominent sea port city on the Atlantic coast during the slave trade period. With its rich hinterland, a virile population and good anchorage, it offered many attractions to traders of various ethnic-nationalities; one of which was the bond-servant. This situation allowed that a person becomes a...

Women and the Niger Delta Crises: Ahmed Yerima's Social Vision in Little Drops

The crises facing the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria have been represented by Nigerian dramatist in various works. Educing from the focus of Ahmed Yerima in Little Drops, this paper conceptualises the tragedy faced mostly by women of the Niger Delta region due to objectification, gender socialization and societal inequality. The play reechoes the pains of neglect, underdevelopment and the painful results of agitation; highlighting also the pains of displacement, involuntary disappearanc...

The Media and Migration Narratives: The Case of Superstory's Itohan

Migration is one of the most challenging issues currently facing Nigeria. It refers to change of residence within or over national boundaries; it can be internal or international. However, the focus of this paper is on international migration with particular interest on the use of illegal routes. The media, in varied forms have represented the menace of illegal migration as a way to curb further growth and control existing processes. One of such measures is Superstory's Itohan...

Social Media: A Relevant Synergy for Research in the Humanities

The electronic, networked and interactive nature of social media has significant impact on research, opening up new possibilities for gathering and analysing data. This paper argues that the techniques by which users interact with data in social media, particularly categorisation and semantic tagging, can be applied to a broad range of humanities research methodologies using similar interfaces to those of social media platforms. This study combines a general review of possibilities ge...

Cultural Evolution and the Nkuho (Seclusion) Practice of the Efik

Culture is a group worldview, the way of organizing the world that a particular society has created over time. This framework or web of meaning allows the members of that society to make sense of themselves, their world and their experiences in that world. It is this sharing of a common reality that gives people within a particular culture a common fund of knowledge. The Nkuho practice of the Efiks is deeply rooted in the people‟s culture. It is an exercise that essentially represen...

Crossroads of Human Media and Theatre: Developmental Perspectives

The growth of pervasive media and digital technologies is offering theatre-makers and audiences unprecedented new challenges and opportunities. This study examines theatre as an art form in the age of new media technology. Theatre is one of the oldest art forms, and it has not only survived every technological change but has adopted and adapted along the way. Based on the Human Media theory of Isra Garcia, this study seeks to establish how theatre can be enriched by human media with the...

Evaluating the Accuracy of Social Media News Reports

The emergence of social media has led to the emergence of new generation of content creators and distributors. Some of these creators have also delved into the business of news production and distribution online. Online news reports come with a lot of imperfections because of the flexible or outright lack of professional gatekeeping. This has led to the emergence of fake news. Based on the Uses and Gratification theory, this study evaluates the accuracy of online news reports,...

Female Representation and Objectification in Zulu Sofola’s The Sweet Trap

The paper analyses the portrayal of the female gender in Sofola’s The Sweet Trap. Particular reference is made on women representation and objectification in the selected play. The overriding focal thrust of the play is the supremacy of tradition and the foregrounding of female agitation for a complementary relationship with their male counterparts. The play does little or nothing to break the patriarchal barrier imposed on the exercise of right by women even as Sofola weaves thro...

Sam Ukala’s Perspective of Cultural Collision and Tragic Vision in Iredi War

This paper draws on Sam Ukala treatment of tragic vision and cultural collision in Iredi War. It seeks to create an insight into the dynamic of tragic conflicts and conceptualize precisely the cultural entanglement in the play. In Ukala‘s Iredi War there is an obvious dominance of the tragic mode, considering that the play depicts the essence and existence of cross-cultural communication and differences in an unpredictably uncertain environ. It also depict the dynamism, complexity...

Social Media: Towards the Realisation of A Global Stance for the African Voice

Social media usage has presented another platform for the African voice to be heard all over the world; with social media African people have the medium to tell their own story to the world. Thus, this paper aims at examining how technologically framed social media articulations have contributed to the realization of a global stance for the African voice. Key Words: Africa, social media, Internet, African story, global influence.

Indigenization Paradigm: A Must Shift for Akwa Ibom Broadcasting Corporation (AKBC) Television Programme Content

Television is a conduit for cultural learning, through which the mass society are constantly reminded of their cultural heritage. This paper examined the programming content of Akwa Ibom Broadcasting Corporation (AKBC) television based on the indigenization paradigm with particular interest on the use of indigenous language. It was aimed at determining the percentage of local to foreign content as well as ascertaining the level to which the cultural objectives of the National Broadcas...

The Advertising Paradigm in Nigerian National Dailies: A Content Analysis Approach

The Nigerian print media have recorded tremendous growth through technological innovation and advancement that have resulted in increased number and content of national dailies. The print media as a powerful force of communication engineered by its competitive advantage of low cost and possibility of referral is largely patronised by advertisers. Using a combination of content analysis and unobtrusive observation, this study examined the composition of adverts placement in three Nig...


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