STREAM: Media and Politics in Africa

STREAM: Media and Politics in Africa

The liberalisation of the media sector in Africa in the 1990s, the subsequent proliferation of news media outlets and the emergence of new media forms in the continent have had a profound impact on the continent’s political processes. In light of these changes, we invite proposals broadly interested in the relationship between media and politics in Africa.

Confirmed Panels


Media and political accountability

  • Media capture: The place and role of the media in Kenya’s political and democratic processes, George, Morara, (University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya)
  • Ballot without blood: Unmasking the roles of the electoral commission and the media in the 2015 general elections in Nigeria, Fagunwa, Temitope, Christopher, (Osun State University, Osogbo, Nigeria)
  • For Whom Does the Media Speak Anymore: Revisiting the Ideal of the Media as the People’s Watchman in Kenya Today, Odhiambo, Tom, (Senior Lecturer, Department of Literature, University of Nairobi, NAIROBI, Kenya)
  • Reversals? Kenya’s “Digital” State, the Media and Democracy, Ugangu, Wilson, , (Multimedia University, nairobi, Kenya)
  • The end of an ‘error’ and the birth of a new era: Zimbabwean media and the mediation of a new regime., Lungile, Augustine, (National University of Science and Technology, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe)


Media and the politics of legitimacy

  • Mediatization of politics in West Africa: benefits and concerns for female politicians.,  Osei-Appiah, Sally, (University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom)
  • Whose language, whose radio and whose nation?” Radio broadcasting in Kalanga language in post-colonial Zimbabwe, 1980-2017., Dube, Thembani, (Stellenbosch University, South Africa, Stellenbosch, South Africa)
  • Beyond Humour: Social Media, Playful Engagements and Operation Restore Legacy, Marowa, Carlington, Clint Simbarashe, (University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe)
  • Eight days in November : New media and legitimising the illegitimate fall of Robert Mugabe, Lungile, Augustine, (National University of Science and Technology, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe)


Media and the politics of representation

  • Fostering Visual Self-Governance in Zambia, Hacker, Kerstin,], (Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, United Kingdom)
  • Anti-Muslim Sentiments in South African Media Discourses, de Rooij, Laurens, (University of Chester, Chester, United Kingdom)
  •  The Representation of the Mozambican Media in the Lusophone Media Cyberspace, Joanguete, Celestino, Vaz, (Eduardo Mondlane University Mozambique, Maputo, Mozambique)
  • Contested discourses of ‘Africa Rising’: The struggle for control of the image of the foreign ‘partner’, Paterson, Chris, (University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom) and Nothias, Toussaint, (Stanford University, Stanford, United States)”
  • South African media in Africa, Wekesa, Bob, (University of the Witwatersrand, Witwatersrand, South Africa


Mediating Nigeria

  • A critical analysis of how social media images and memes portrayed dominant political discourses during Nigeria’s 2015 General Elections, Uzuegbunam, Chikezie, E,  (University of Cape Town, South Africa, Cape Town, South Africa)
  • Negotiating ‘openness’: Contradictions in the appropriation of ‘alternative’ media content in Nigerian newspapers.,  Motilola, (University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana)
  • The 2015 Nigerian Presidential Elections and the Media through a Gender Lens, Nwaogu, Mauify, (National Open University of Nigeria, Abuja, Nigeria)
  • Playing Politics: Regionalism and Ethnicity in Discourses on Boko Haram in the Nigerian Print Media, Ogungbemi, Olarotimi, Daniel, (Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Nigeria)


Mediatization and reform trends

  • Silent Radio: Crisis, Regulation and the Management of City Talk in Post-Conflict Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire   Mediatization and reform trends, Cante, Fabien,(LSE Media & Communications, London, United Kingdom)
  • Human Security and Political reform through Social Media Activism in Africa: Nigeria and Kenya in perspective, Adedipe, Adesoji, Babatunde, (University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban South Africa, Durban, South Africa)
  • Contestations and Media Reforms in Nigeria and South Africa, Akpojivi, Ufuoma, , (Media Studies Department, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa)
  • Digital Media Strategies in Political Party and Aspirant Campaigns in Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria, “Mudhai, Fred, (School of Media and Performing Arts, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Coventry University, Coventry, United Kingdom) and Wright, Bianca, (School of Media and Performing Arts, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Coventry University, Coventry, United Kingdom)”

Mediatization of political practice in Kenya: Challenges and prospects

  • Partial election observer missions, ‘Githeri’ Media and the 2017 general elections in Kenya, Maweu, Jacinta, , (University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya) and Maweu, Jacinta, Mwende, (University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya)”
  • ‘Kill them before these cameras?’ Strategic uses of global media in Wizard of the Crow , Cartwright, Penelope, Claire Bicol, (University of Bristol, Bristol, United Kingdom)
  • ‘Appointment with God’; Facebook, State-Surveillance and Extra Judicial Killings of Criminal Gangs in Eastlands Nairobi, Omanga, Duncan, (Moi University/University of Cambridge, Eldoret, Kenya)


If you have any queries or suggestions please contact George Ogola (; Tom Odhiambo ( and Fred Mudhai ( For panel and paper submissions please follow the instructions on the website 

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