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Deploying a Local Frontier Against Boko Haram

Posted by Jacob Jacob on December 29, 2015 at 5:45 AM Comments comments (0)

I recently met with a group of local vigilantes in Adamawa State in North-East Nigeria. They are potentially a key part of the local frontier against Boko Haram. I truly admire the commitment of these brave young men and the pride they take in what they do.
There is enormous need for a stronger integration of vigilantes in local policing and in Nigeria's overall national security strategy.  Nigeri...
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AUN Don advocates Peace Journalism at EU Media Roundtable

Posted by Jacob Jacob on October 15, 2015 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)



Professor Jacob Udo-Udo Jacob of the School of Arts & Science has advocated a more communitarian role for journalists in Nigeria to help counter violent extremism in the country.


Professor Jacob was speaking recently in Abuja, on ‘New Perspectives in War and Peace Reporting’ at a Media Roundtable on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) organised by the Office of t...

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Empowering Local Women for Peace and sustainability in Northeast Nigeria

Posted by Jacob Jacob on June 21, 2014 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Few heartwarming stories come from Nigeria’s northeast region. In the last two years, the Boko Haram insurgency, poverty, Islamist fundamentalism and youth disenfranchisement have dominated news from the three states that make up the region. I was therefore overwhelmed last week when I ran into an inspiring story of women empowerment at the sidelines of the

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American University of Nigeria Holds Peace and Development Conference

Posted by Jacob Jacob on June 8, 2014 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)

The American University of Nigeria (AUN) will host a peace and development conference on Wednesday June 11, 2014.   The conference aims to chart new paths to increased access to education, better security, and youth employment.


The 1st AUN-API International Peace & Development Conference is being promoted by the Adamawa Peacemakers Initiative (API). This is an organization of community, religious, ...

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News in the 21st Century: Lessons from Paper.li

Posted by Jacob Jacob on May 29, 2014 at 5:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Just as the development of the Telegraph revolutionized news reporting in the 19th century, new ICTs have fundamentally transformed the way news is gathered, reported and received. The news audience in contemporary society is more informed than ever before, more technologically savvy and increasingly, aware of breaking news even before it breaks on mainstream media.  

Rachel Bartlett has written eloquentl...

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Rise and Rise of Social Media in Africa

Posted by Jacob Jacob on March 8, 2014 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)


I recently asked my first year media students at the American University of Nigeria to stay off social  media (including Whatsapp, Facebook, Tw...

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Disarming Boko Haram: Lessons from the DRC

Posted by Jacob Jacob on February 24, 2014 at 2:55 AM Comments comments (2)

Recently, the Governor of Borno State in Nigeria’s northeast region, Kashim Shettima said the Islamist sect Boko Haram is better armed and better motivated than the Nigerian military. The Nigerian federal government quickly dispelled the Governor’s claim and asserted that the military was on top of the situation. The following day the sect killed many more people in Borno State.



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Boko Haram and the Clash of Narratives

Posted by Jacob Jacob on January 13, 2014 at 7:45 PM Comments comments (0)


Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau

The Englishman, Thomas Edward Lawrence (1888-1935) later renowned as ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ in David Lean’s classic was one of the most bizarre guerrilla entrepreneurs during the First World War. Lawrence joined Arab Sheiks rebelling against Turkey, then an ally of Germany. With support from the British, Lawrence organised Sheiks and their followe...

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Chinese Media Expansion in Africa

Posted by Jacob Jacob on July 6, 2011 at 8:39 PM Comments comments (0)



China Central Television (CCTV) is making some bold in-roads into Africa. It has recently announced several technical vacancies in its east African operations. It is interesting that while the UK government is cutting back spending on BBC World Service, China is expand...

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Battling Radical Islamist Propaganda in Somalia: The Information Intervention Option

Posted by Jacob Jacob on June 12, 2011 at 9:58 PM Comments comments (0)

While the international community continues to dither over Somalia, Islamic fundamentalists have taken over control of the country’s information space and other key strategic assets. This article discusses the precarious media environment in Somalia and revisits discourses on Information Intervention, conceptualised by Jamie Metzl in 1997. It examines the nature of UN’s ‘Information Intervention’ in Somalia and argues that the international community can do more by dra...

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