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Information and Communication Technologies in Nigeria: Prospects and Challenges for Development (Society and Politics in Africa) Paperback – February 6, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1433103100 ISBN-10: 1433103109 Edition: First printing

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Product Details

  • Series: Society and Politics in Africa (Book 19)
  • Paperback: 203 pages
  • Publisher: Peter Lang International Academic Publishers; First printing edition (February 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433103109
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433103100
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,050,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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«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.

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Not just for `geeks'

Information and Communication Technologies in Nigeria: Prospects and challenges for development is not just an authoritative text but also a refreshing narrative of Nigeria's attempt to harness ICTs for socioeconomic development. Patience Akpan-Obong plots Nigeria's development of ICTs at various levels in the context of theoretical assumptions about their potential to drive economic development. The result is what the author describes as `a compendium of the development of ICTs in Nigeria both as means to socioeconomic development and as ends by themselves' But this book offers more than that. It is also an engaging examination of theories of development and their interconnection with information and communication technologies.

The author premises her argument on the interconnection of ICT and development but is quick to acknowledge that development must be contextualised against the backdrop of a socio-political environment. She traces the emergence of development theory and provides a brief historical trail before taking on board new perspectives on the subject that have been posited by scholars over the years.

Drawing on a broad typology of theories on development, the book becomes more focused on specific issues, for example, communication, by exploring key arguments that illustrate a link between communication and development. Working from the premise that media of mass communication can facilitate modernization, the author questions arguments that find correlation between low level of communication and low level of development and argues that the causality between communication technology and economic development is not conclusive.

Information and Communication Technologies in Nigeria is a book for `geeks,' policy makers, scholars of development and ICTs and non-specialist readers.
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