Jacob's Opinion


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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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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Rethinking Narratives of Bin Laden's Death

Posted by Jacob Jacob on May 14, 2011 at 7:02 AM Comments comments (1)

It is interesting listening to students’ views about the death of Osama bin Laden. It is amazing the number of people that believe there is something sinister about the commando raid on the Abbottabad lair of the Al Qaeda kingpin. I do not blame them. I place the whole blame on the doorsteps of President Obama’s Communication handlers. The problem, I believe is not with the raid itself but with the narratives of the raid.


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Is the West Losing the Information War in Libya

Posted by Jacob Jacob on March 28, 2011 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)

I recently presented a paper on the new outsourcing of UN strategic communications at a forum organised by Political Communications Research Group at the ICS, University of Leeds. Somehow, discussions shifted from Somalia and the DRC where my lecture was largely drawn to the ongoing international intervention in Libya. One of my guests Professor Gary Rawnsley made a very interesting comment. He spoke about the need for the allies to deploy a strong Information component in Libya. He sa...

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Philip M. Taylor: Musings of the Mind

Posted by Jacob Jacob on December 7, 2010 at 12:44 PM Comments comments (0)


Phil, the finest, the best


I first read ‘Munitions of the Mind’ in 1997. I was in the final year of my undergrad in Nigeria. The book was in the Special section of the library and could not be borrowed. So I had to keep a date with it every morning 7.30am to 8.30am before attending the day’s lecture. It was like attending an interesting talk every morning. Every new chapter was intriguing. I was fascinated not just with the contents b...

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