My research broadly explores the intersection between communication in a global
context and the singularities of the communicative practices of marginal groups within
this context. I have a keen interest, for instance, in how linguistic minorities in
peripheral, transnational societies deploy their indigenous languages for mass
communication. 

I am also interested in the transnational, mass-mediated, online discourses of
marginalized diasporas in the West. I study this by looking at the alternative and
citizen online journalistic practices of previously disempowered Third World ethnoscapes
whose voluntary geographic displacement to the Western core imbues them with the cultural
and social capital to be vanguards for potentially transformative cross-border exchanges
with their homelands. This was the broad focus of my doctoral dissertation, which
investigated the robust growth and flowering of U.S.-based Nigerian citizen media sites
that have been radically transforming homeland journalistic practices and state policies. 

I hope to extend this research in future by engaging in comparative studies of the online
media practices of various transnational diasporic communities in the West. This is
related to my interest in citizen journalism in general, including corporate-run citizen
journalistic projects that attract and therefore hegemonically co-opt an army of
potentially oppositional bloggers from all over the world to one site, a subject about
which I have written a journal article in the New Media & Society journal. 

I also research and write on international Englishes, especially the deviations of the
non-native varieties of the English language from American and British English, the
world’s two most dominant native varieties. 

Very broadly, my scholarly and pedagogical interests revolve around Online Journalism,
Globalization and New Media, Communication/Media Theory, Media Management, Alternative
and Citizen/Community Media, Diaspora Media, Online Communities, Online Sociability,
Political Economy of Mass Communication, Media English, Grammar, Mass Media and Society,
and International Mass Media 

I received my bachelor's degree in mass communication from Bayero University, Kano,
Nigeria, where I won the Nigerian Television Authority Prize for the Best Graduating
Student in Mass Communication. 

I got my M.S. in Communication (with a minor in English) from the University of Louisiana
at Lafayette and won the Outstanding Master's Student in Communication award. 

I earned my Ph.D. in Communication at Georgia State University's Department of
Communication where I won the top Ph.D. student prize called the "Outstanding
Academic Achievement in Graduate Studies Award." 

While at Georgia State, I was Managing Editor of the Atlanta Review of Journalism
History, a refereed academic journal. I now teach journalism and citizen media at
Kennesaw State University, GA. 

I have previously worked as a reporter, news editor, presidential speech
writer/researcher, and journalism instructor at two colleges in Nigeria. I currently
write weekly columns on politics and English grammar for two Nigerian newspapers: the
Weekly Trust, an influential Nigerian newspaper based in Abuja, the federal capital, and
the People's Daily, an up-and-coming newspaper also based in Abuja. 

Articles

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Clash of Civilization or Clash of Newspaper Ideologies? An Analysis of the Ideological Split in British Newspaper Commentaries on the 2002 Miss World Riots in Nigeria, Asia Pacific Media Educator (2013)

Riots that erupted in the northern Nigerian city of Kaduna over a newspaper article that...

 

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News with Views: Postobjectivism and Emergent Alternative Journalistic Practices in America’s Corporate News Media, Review of Communication (2013)

One of the inchoate yet defining features of journalism in the twenty-first century has been...

 

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Webs of Resistance: The Citizen Online Journalism of the Nigerian Digital Diaspora, Communication Dissertations (2011)

The enhanced discursive opportunity structures that the Internet enables has inspired a momentous revolution in...

 

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Cooperation with the corporation? CNN and the hegemonic cooptation of citizen journalism through iReport.com, New Media & Society (2011)

The literature on online citizen journalism tends to construe user-generated citizen media as inherently counter-hegemonic,...

 

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Guerillas in Cyberia: The Transnational Alternative Online Journalism of the Nigerian Diasporic Public Sphere, Journal of Global Mass Communication (2008)

The last two decades witnessed the phenomenal migratory flows of Africans, especially Nigerians, to the...

 

Contributions to Books

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―The Evolution and Challenges of Online Journalism in Nigeria.‖, The Handbook of Global Online Journalism (2012)

The last seven years have seen the phenomenal growth and expansion of not only traditional...

 

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Divided by a Common Language: A Comparison of Nigerian, American and British English, Multiculturalism in the Age of the Mosaic (2010)

We all know that there is such a thing as British English; it is the...

 

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Kparo: A Study of the Emergence and Death of a Minority Language Newspaper in Nigeria, Indigenous Language Media in Africa (2006)

This paper is concerned with exploring the history, evolution, content, language and death of the...