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The impacts of social media on the #EndSARs# youth protests in Nigeria

Author(s): Ajisaffe Dickson, Tinuade Adekunbi Ojo, Margaret Monyani

International Conference of Information Communication Technologies enhanced Social Sciences and Humanities 20212021

The increasing impact of digitalization, especially in Africa, has transformed political, social, economic and business activity. There is therefore a need for rigorous academic debate about the effectiveness of social media platforms for citizen activism. This study focusses on the #EndSARS movement in Nigeria to explore strategies and mechanisms used to try to influence government. The authors conclude that the movement may inspire youth-led movements elsewhere, but also examine how the nature of the Nigerian state resulted in an abrupt end to the protests.