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PhD candidate at Leiden University Inge Ligtvoet conducts fieldwork in Nigeria on youth navigating their lives under sociopolitical duress through means of (social) media.
Counter Voices in Africa
Mirjam de Bruijn
Senior ASC researcher and Voice4thought manager prof. dr. Mirjam de Bruijn travels through Middle Africa – ‘complicated’ countries like Mali, Chad, Cameroon, DR Congo and Central African Republic. The Arab spring hasn’t arrived there yet, but the effects of the presence of the (often very poor) internet connections, mobile telephony and mobile internet do show in everyday life experiences and socio-political dynamics.
What is this new dynamic and how does it make a difference for people who want to steer social change? Mirjam is looking for counter voices: young powerful people who try to change these countries in their own special way: by engaging in politics, photography, music, writing, human rights advocacy, etc. Their stories show how difficult the struggle for freedom is.
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