The Social Media as Means for Self-Expression Against Social Injustice and Agigitation in Nigeria


  • John Ayodele Oyewole Department of Mass Communication, Faculty of the Social Sciences, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria



Social Media, Social Responsibility, Agitation, Freedom of Expression


This work strives to know the place of social media in social assertiveness. The research method is survey. The study uses convenience sampling to select 50 undergraduate students from Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko. The findings of the study indicate that the majority of the respondents adopt Facebook and WhatsApp as major social media platforms for expressing their disgust and grievances against social ills and unfavorable government policies. It is also discovered from the study that the majority of the respondents do not expect agents of the government to care about their voices but still find a bit of relief from expressing their grievances through social media. The study concludes that, in spite of this position, the social media remain an escape avenue and means of social assertiveness for the governed.


Download data is not yet available.


Ademoroti, N. (October 2020). What It Means When the Police Say they are Dissolving SARS. BellaNaija.

Baym, N. K. (2006). Interpersonal Life Online. In L. A. Lievrouw & S. Livingstone (Eds.), Handbook of New Media. London: Sage. BBC. (2020, October 23).

Daramola, I. (2012). Introduction to Mass Communication. Lagos: Rotham Press Ltd.

Dearing, J. W., & Rogers, E. (1996). Agenda-Setting. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Amnesty International. (2020, February 8). #EndSARS Movement: From Twitter to Nigerian streets.

Al Jazeera. (2020). #EndSARS Nigeria Says Special Anti-Robbery Squad Dissolved.

Nairametrics. (2021, March 13). Feminist Coalition provides details on how they spent ₦87,452,553.28 #EndSARS donations.

Jenkins, H. (2006). Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide. New York: NYU Press.

Littlejohn, S. (2002). Theories of Communication (7th ed.). Albuquerque, NM: Wardsworth.

McQuail, D. (1987). Mass Communication Theory: An Introduction (2nd ed.). New York: Routledge & Kegan Paul.

McQuail, D. (2005). McQuail’s Mass Communication Theory. New Delhi: Vistaar Publications.

Onyeji, E. (12 October 2020). #EndSARS: Davido joins Abuja protest. Premium Times. Nigeria.

Oyewole, J. A. (2021). A Discourse of Selected Cases of Media Escapes. European Modern Studies Journal, 05(06), Kyiv, Ukraine.

Picard, R. G. (2016). What Society Needs from Media in the Age of Digital. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Sen, A. (1999). Development as Freedom. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

UNESCO. (2013). Media and Information Literacy: Policy and Strategy Guidelines. Paris: UNESCO.

Van Dijk, J. (2012). The Network Society. London, UK: Sage Publications.

Wimmer, R. D., & Dominick, J. R. (1997). Mass Media Research. Belmont, CA: Wardsworth Publishing Company.

Winston, B., & Borgesson, B. (1998). Media Technology and Society: A History from the Telegraph to the Internet. London: Routledge.




How to Cite

Oyewole, J. A. (2024). The Social Media as Means for Self-Expression Against Social Injustice and Agigitation in Nigeria. American Journal of Arts and Human Science, 3(3), 94–100.