A Comparative Discourse on Media Practice in Colonial and Post-Colonial Nigeria


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Popoola, I., Adesile, T., & Odenike, I. (2020). A Comparative Discourse on Media Practice in Colonial and Post-Colonial Nigeria. Galactica Media: Journal of Media Studies, 2(2), 22-38. https://doi.org/10.46539/gmd.v2i2.104


This is a comparative study on media practice in colonial and post-colonial Nigeria. It covers journalism practice from 1920-2020. The study focuses on journalism practice during the days of nationalism-cum-political journalism era, led by Herbert Macaulay, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Chief Anthony Enahoro, Mr Ernest SeseiIkoli, amongst others. The study adopts journalism during the colonial days, up to the time of independence in 1960, as foundation, and compares it to the modern day journalism practice at the moment. The thesis in the study is anchored on the probing question of establishing changes that have taken place in the profession over a period of 160 years. While providing fresh discussions on the current journalism practice as well as the daunting challenges facing media professionals in Nigeria today, the study provides groundbreaking recommendations to rescue journalism that is almost comatose in Nigeria today. The study uses free press theory as theoretical underpinning, and the key informants interview method.



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