The emergence of digital technology gave birth to different digital platforms including the social media. Since its emergence, social media has been used positively to propagate causes such as fights against societal ills like corruption, violence against women and children, and so on, even as it is used negatively by individuals and groups. In politics, it has become an indispensable tool in democratic processes. In most countries, the media has been successfully employed by citizens to enthrone and detrone governments. Most political gladiators attribute their political success to social media as 'the blessing in disguise'. In the viability of social media, how then have women in Nigeria used the medium to improve their political status and participation? or is the media rather a death trap in their bid to engage their malefolk in the political arena? This paper investigates this issue employing both quantitative and qualitative research methods. Objectives of the research include an investigation of women's presence in social media, their level of participation in politics, the role of social media in their political participation, and the challenges and achievements in their political engagement, enabled by social media. Recommendations are proffered based on findings.
Social media, Women, Nigeria, Politics, Political participation
Paper Presentation in a Themed Session
Grace Iember Anweh
Lecturer , Mass Communication, Benue State University, Makurdi, Nigeria
Grace Anweh is a lecturer with the Department of Mass Communication, Benue State University, Makurdi, Nigeria. I acquired a First degree, Masters and PhD in Nigeria. I have been in academics for five years. my area of research interest includes advertising, media and gender issues and public relations. As a coming up scholar, I have written and published research papers in my area of interest across several journals local and few international. I have also attended and participated in several conferences in Nigeria with my first international conference being the International Communication Association African bianual conference held in Ghana in 2018. Beside my academic activities, my other hobbies include reading, watching movies and engaging in sports activities