A panel discussion organised by MSc student Boluwatife Ajibola with the support of the Department of International Development
Friday 11 June 2021, 4-5.30pm BST | Free online event
Panellists: Samson Itodo, Executive Director of Yiaga Africa; Oluwaseun Ayodeji Osowobi, Executive Director of Stand to End Rape (STER); Dele Farotimi, lawyer, political activist and founder of DF Legal
Chair: Professor Alcinda Honwana, Professor of Anthropology and International Development, Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa, LSE
The digital revolution that exploded in the 21st century has had profound effects on politics, economies, social interaction and communication, among many other structures and dynamics. Further to the potential for organisation and communication are the transformative effects of new technologies, which are in recent times being mobilised in supporting social justice movements and their demands for socio-economic dividends of governance. The #ENDSARS, #RapeNationalEmergency and #AmINext movements, among others that occurred in Africa in 2020 are illustrative examples through which the digital innovation remodelling contemporary protest dynamics can be examined. This said, what would we say is the future of social movements given the new privileges of digital technologies? What are the implications of these on the quest for development outcomes in Africa?
The panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A session where attendees will have the chance to ask questions via the Zoom chat function. This is a free online event, but you must register here to attend. The Zoom link will be shared with registrees the day before the event.