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Mass Media and Ethnic Politics in Nigeria: An Overview


  • Emmanuel O. Ojo

    1. University of Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria
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    • Emmanuel O. Ojo, Ph.D., received all of his degrees in political science from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He is currently a Senior Lecturer and former head of the Department of Political Science at the University of Ilorin, Nigeria. Dr. Ojo has published widely on federalism, democratization, civil-military relations, and political communication.


The mass media are no doubt a political resource. In a plural and deeply divided society like Nigeria, its role is even more imperative in achieving national cohesion, integration, and stability. The snag however in Nigeria is that the mass media – both publicly and privately owned – are more or less ethnic jingoist. This research note takes a cursory look at the mass media and ethnicity in Nigerian politics, and infers that in the interest of the polity, media practitioners need to imbibe the ethics of their profession.