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Women's Political Communication in Africa

Issues and Perspectives

  • Sharon Adetutu Omotoso

Part of the Contributions to Political Science book series (CPS)

About this book


This book examines women’s political communication in Africa, capturing previously unheard women’s voices, and presenting detailed information on overlooked communication strategies and forms of power relations employed by African women and women of African descent.

By examining the disputes, accomplishments and/or setbacks experienced by women in political spaces, it underscores feminist intersections of political communication in Africa. It also explores the glamor, humor, harmony and tact that women as state and non-state actors have contributed to Africa’s political landscape through the realities of female soft power.

The book addresses issues concerning how and why women do and should participate in politics; at what level they have employed political communication strategies; and which types. It also questions ideas and ideals that have guided or continue to guide feminist political communication in Africa’s growing democracy. Lastly, it highlights African women’s conscious approach and rejuvenated interest in developing their communication skills and strategies given their vital role in state-building.


Women in African politics African feminism Political participation of women African politics Democracy in Africa Female soft power in politics Political communication strategies

Editors and affiliations

  • Sharon Adetutu Omotoso
    • 1
  1. 1.Women’s Research and Documentation Center, Institute of African StudiesUniversity of IbadanIbadanNigeria

About the editors

Sharon Adetutu Omotoso currently heads the Women’s Research and Documentation Centre (WORDOC)at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan (Nigeria). She is also Director of the Center for Applied Ethics and Political Communication in Africa (CAEPOCOM AFRICA); an alumnus of the COADY Institute, St. Francis Xavier University Canada; a Chartered Mediator & Conciliator; and a winner of the prestigious CODESRIA Meaning-Making Research Competition 2018-2019. Previously Sharon worked as Acting Head of Department, Politics & International Relations, Lead City University, Ibadan. She is a facilitator and public speaker in programs for women, youth, teenagers and children, and a regular speaker at local and international academic conferences, seminars and workshops. Her research interests include applied ethics, media & gender studies, political communications, philosophy of education, socio-political philosophy, and African philosophy, and she has published widely in these fields. She co-edited the 2017 book Political Communication in Africa, published by Springer.

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