New Media & Governance: Tools & Trends will hold on May 14-15, 2012 in Abuja, Register here
New media played an unprecedented role in the April 2011 Nigerian General Elections. Following a roundtable in early March 2011, INEC officials welcomed the assistance of civil society volunteers with its Facebook and Twitter accounts as well as a new media situation room which received feedback from the public and later began to provide real time information and answer constituent questions.
Nigerian politicians actively utilized social media in their campaigns and sent bulk text and voice messages in unprecedented numbers. President Jonathan declared his intention to run on Facebook and subsequently became the second most “liked” head of state in the world after US President Barack Obama (fanpagelist.com).
Organizations like Enough is Enough Nigeria, ReclaimNaija, WangoNet and IamLagos established platforms enabling citizens to report election-related incidences with pictures, videos, text messages and voicemail. At the same time, traditional media houses such as Channels Television, 234Next and Punch newspaper used new media to disseminate information and gather feedback from viewers.
Venue – Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre
One Memorial Drive, Central Business District, Opposite Sheraton Hotel and Towers,Abuja, Nigeria. www.yaraduacentre.org
Date: May 14 – 15, 2012
To Register for this conference, Click on this LINK
For more information – www.eienigeria.org