Communication, Culture and Media MA
Godswill Ezeonyeka is a creative enthusiast that has picked great interest in media and cultural research. He enjoys the flexibility in creating content that is academically relevant and artistically sound. He is passionate about Nigeria and its emerging needs within the wider global context. During his masters, he created 2 documentaries, several poetry videos, led the brand design for Coventry’s Nigeria60 project, and more. He was also awarded the Course Tutor Prize for academic excellence.
The impact of social media in scaling social justice movements has taken different forms over the years. With the widespread #EndSARS protests that took place in Nigeria from 07/10/2020 till 20/10/2020, we are able to explore the role social media played in a Nigerian context. Through semi-structured interviews and thematic analysis, we are able to explore how social media serves the proliferation of activism especially for Nigerians in the diaspora. It seeks to understand how social media can serve not just as an informational source but a participatory tool through platformization and online mobilization towards the cause. Findings from the interview indicate that social media is a key component of the protests as it aided in organization, global support, participation, validation and amplification.