«This book is a refreshing mix of technical scholarship, journalism, and cosmopolitanism with a pan-African anchorage. It makes exciting reading especially for those of us who have been involved right from the beginning of the ICT revolution in Nigeria. In a way, we are witnesses to history and it is a delight to see it chronicled in this manner. It reminds us of where we were not too long ago, where we are today, and the trajectory going forward.» (Emmanuel Efiong Ekuwem, National President, Association of Telecommunication Companies of Nigeria; Group MD/CEO, Teledom Group)
«The role of information and communication technologies in national economic development excites many of us. Patience Akpan-Obong shows by her excellent in-depth case study of ICTs in Nigeria that this relationship is mediated by political, economic, and cultural realities that are unique to the country. Though this book is focused on Nigeria, it is a must read for anyone trying to understand ICTs in Africa.» (William A. Foster, Co-Author, ‘The Diffusion of the Internet in China’)
About the Author
The Author: Patience Idaraesit Akpan-Obong is Assistant Professor at Arizona State University where she teaches political science and women’s studies. She holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Alberta, Canada, and a master’s in journalism from Carleton University, Canada. Akpan-Obong’s research focuses on the role of information and communication technologies in socioeconomic development and in regional integration. She is a regular columnist for Saturday Punch
, a national newspaper in Nigeria.