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ARTICLE Issue 003

Media Coverage of the Practice of Witchcraft in Nigeria

Research by Uchenna Onuzulik

Uchenna Onuzulike, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Communication, Culture and Media Studies at Howard University

Children of Witchcraft
Photo by Robin Hammond - Abused child accused of witchcraft in Eket, Akwa Ibom, Nigeria

Uchenna Onuzulike, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Communication, Culture and Media Studies, has published research on how the online news media characterized the practice of witchcraft, the gatekeepers, and the children accused of practicing witchcraft in the Eket, Akwa Ibom state, Nigeria.

The research informs policymakers and other individuals, yielding three observations: (1) the Akwa Ibom state governor is in denial and is defensive; (2) misfortunes in life trigger witchcraft accusations; and (3) the accused children are abused and sometimes even killed. The future plan for this research is to seek grants to travel to Nigeria to do further research.

Uchenna Onuzulike
Uchenna Onuzulike

The complete article 'Children accused of practicing witchcraft in Akwa Ibom, Nigeria: A Qualitative analysis of online news media' can be found online here.

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Links to Related Research:
Secker, E. Witchcraft stigmatization in Nigeria: Challenges and successes in the implementation of child rights http://www.whrin.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Witchcraft-stigmatization-in-Nigeria.pdf

Osonwa, O. K.; Oyama, F.A; Iyam, M.A; Osuchukwu, N. C.; Osonwa, R.H. Socio-Cultural factors affecting child witchcraft labelling among the people of Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria http://iosrjournals.org/iosr-jhss/papers/Vol5-issue2/G0523339.pdf

Essia, U. The Social economy of child witch labeling in Nigeria: The Case of Akwa Ibom State http://www.sjpub.org/sjpsych/sjpsych-289.pdf

Battarbee, L; Battarbee, G.; Secker, E. Witchcraft stigmatisation and children’s rights in Nigeria http://www.makeapact.org/documents/Shadow%20Report%20Low%20Res.pdf

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