Like any other democratic society, Nigeria recognizes free speech as a fundamental right of every citizen. This includes the right to express personal opinion about any subject whatsoever. This right is provided for and guaranteed under the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. However, the question begging for answer whether free speech is absolute? Is hate speech free speech? This and many others will constitute the subject of our discussion with our guest for the week, Chioma Agwuegbo.
Here’s a recap of the chat in case you missed it:
Chioma Agwuegbo is a social media strategist and a journalist with experience spanning radio and radio drama production for the BBC Media Action in Nigeria, and Aso Radio and Television Services.
With a Master’s Degree in social media, Chioma has consulted and provided social media strategies for MTV Staying Alive Foundation on Shuga, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), National Broadcasting Commission, Centre for Communication Programmes, Nigeria, USAID funded Chemonics International, dRPC, amongst others.
She is Founding Editor at YNaija2015, a site dedicated to political news and analysis, and channels her passion for communication, citizen engagement and how it influences governance into all her projects.
As a speaker, Chioma has graced podiums from The Hague to The House of Lords, Social Media Week (London and Hamburg) and contributes to local and international media including Foresight for Development, Leadership Newspapers, Future Challenges, Bertelsmann Transformation Index, Deutsche Welle, etc.
An aspiring poet, Chioma is on Twitter as @ChiomaChuka, blogs at www.fairygodsister.wordpress.com, and enjoys cooking, travelling, and playing with her adorable nephew.
She is a GlobalShaper, and a member of the British Red Cross.