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 [Hashtags] offers insights into the workings of the Nigerian social media landscape  

- Adigun Agbaje, Professor of Political Communication, University of Ibadan
HASHTAGS
SOCIAL MEDIA, POLITICS AND ETHNICITY IN NIGERIA
NWACHUKWU EGBUNIKE
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Hashtags: Social Media, Politics and Ethnicity in Nigeria provide a glimpse into the nature of the socio-political atmosphere of Africa's most vibrant online politico-social ecosystem. Through this collection of essays, a product of the ethnographic immersion of the author in Nigeria's social media milieu - the aspirations, hopes, angst, frustrations and intentions of Nigerian tweeps about politics, ethnicity, free speech, hate speech and political participation can be better understood.... See More
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"Social media offers a unique lens into what tens of millions of Nigerians are thinking and feeling about their lives, their futures and their government. Egbunike drinks deeply from the well of social media, and draws forth ethnographic narratives that outline the aspirations and fears of contemporary Nigerians, from ethnic tensions, concerns about the vitality of leadership and hopes for a more open society. #Hashtags offers a glimpse into the world of social media at its liveliest and most energetic, the passions of Nigerians playing out online, 280 characters at a time."

- Ethan Zuckerman ,
Director, Center for Civic Media, MIT
Associate Professor of the Practice, MIT Media Lab
"Nwachukwu Egbunike shows a keen eye for the promise and threat of the internet in Nigeria, tracing the rise of the blogosphere and social media. Through it all, he maintains an insightful view of how technology is shaping the country today, and what could be done better. "

- Deji Bryce Olukotun
Author of Nigerians in Space
"Egbunike takes his ethnographic lenses to in this insightful collection of essays: with topics worth pondering deeply before investing, or wasting, one more character or hashtag in an online civic conversation or activism. He offers balanced and robust discussions on the socio-political and cultural undercurrents of the Nigerian social media space and goes further to question if or how the movement could impact real world processes, institutions, and outcomes. I strongly recommend #Hashtags to anyone who desires a deeper appreciation of the seeming inexorable social media movement, beyond being a mere participant or observer."

- Yemi Adesanya
Author, Musings of a Tangled Tongue
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  NWACHUKWU EGBUNIKE  

Nwachukwu Egbunike lives in Ibadan, Nigeria. His scholarly and professional writing interests revolve around social media, politics, political participation, online free speech and ethnicity.

Egbunike is the author of a collection of socio-political critical essays entitled Dyed Thoughts: a Conversation in and from my Country (2012). His book, Blazing Moon was the 2nd place winner of the Association of Nigerian Authors 2015 Prize in Poetry. Hashtags: Social Media, Politics and Ethnicity in Nigeria, is his third book.
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