Making social media-driven activism work

Making social media-driven activism workBut while social media has proved to be an effective galvanizing tool, there has been little policy change as a result. The #OpenNASS campaign has led to increased awareness on the importance of transparency in the National Assembly but not to increased transparency in the National Assembly. The then-Governor of Abia State denied the girl was ever raped on his campus and the case was never pursued. #OccupyNigeria got a dubious victory if ever there was one, as prevailing wisdom now is that the fuel subsidy should have actually been removed. While great for getting politicians to walk back dodgy comments and making politicians who would rather Nigerians remain ignorant nervous, there remains a conversation as to how to use social media to drive change in a rentier state where elections often belong to the highest bidder.

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