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Prof. Innocent Chiluwa | Applied Linguistics Award | Best Researcher Award

Prof. Innocent Chiluwa, Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom

Prof. Innocent Chiluwa is a distinguished academic in English and Communication Studies, with 18 years of teaching experience and 7 years as a professor at Covenant University. He has held esteemed positions, including Humboldt Scholar at the University of Freiburg and Research Fellow at the Centre for Advanced Internet Studies in Bochum. His research focuses on discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, and the impact of social media on political participation and activism in Africa. Prof. Chiluwa has led significant projects, such as the Nigeria post-election survey, and is recognized with multiple fellowships and awards for his contributions to the field. πŸŽ“πŸ“šπŸŒ


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Academic Qualifications

Prof. Chiluwa earned his PhD in English & Media/Communication Studies from the University of Ibadan in 2005 πŸŽ“. He holds an MA in English (Language) from the University of Lagos (1998) and a BA in English & Literary Studies from the University of Calabar (1996) πŸ“š. His qualifications underpin his extensive teaching and research experience, contributing significantly to his expertise in discourse analysis and sociolinguistics 🧠.


Prof. Chiluwa specializes in Discourse and Society and Linguistic/Discourse Pragmatics πŸ“˜. He teaches courses in Critical Discourse Analysis, Pragmatics, Sociolinguistics, and Applied Linguistics. His focus on language use in different sociocultural and political contexts informs his research and teaching approach 🌍. He also teaches Creative Writing, Academic Writing, Speech Writing and Delivery, and Writing for the Mass Media πŸ“œ.


Prof. Innocent Chiluwa served as a Professor of English and Communication Studies at Covenant University from 2015 to 2022 πŸ“˜. He was a Research Fellow at the Centre for Advanced Internet Studies (CAIS), Bochum, Germany, from 2022 to 2023 🌐. His roles include being a Humboldt Scholar and Visiting Professor at the University of Freiburg during various periods, including 2009-2011 and 2023 πŸ“š. He is currently a Visiting Professor at Loughborough University and in the Languages & Intercultural Studies department (February-July 2024) 🌍.


Prof. Chiluwa has received numerous fellowships and awards, including a fellowship at CAIS, Bochum, in 2022-2023, focusing on the political participation of African women through social media 🌐. His projects at the University of Freiburg have addressed critical issues such as the #EndSARS protests and herder-farmer conflicts in Nigeria πŸ“’. He has been honored with the Georg Forster Research Fellowship and multiple Humboldt fellowships for his research on online activism and political resistance in Africa πŸ†.

Research Focus

Prof. Innocent Chiluwa’s research focuses on sociolinguistics and discourse analysis, particularly examining the role of social media in shaping discourse and resistance in African contexts πŸ“š. His work delves into various topics such as the #BringBackOurGirls campaign, Biafra online discourses, and representations of conflicts in Nigeria’s media. Through extensive analysis of online platforms like Twitter and Facebook, he uncovers the linguistic and ideological dimensions of contemporary social issues 🌍. Prof. Chiluwa’s research contributes significantly to understanding the intersection of language, technology, and activism in Africa, shedding light on diverse perspectives and voices within digital spaces. 🧠


Publication Top Notes

β€˜War against our Children’: Stance and evaluation in #BringBackOurGirls campaign discourse on Twitter and Facebook πŸ“„ Cited by: 205 πŸ”„ Year: 2015
Social media networks and the discourse of resistance: A sociolinguistic CDA of Biafra online discourses πŸ“„ Cited by: 169 πŸ”„ Year: 2012
Religious vehicle stickers in Nigeria: A discourse of identity, faith and social vision πŸ“„ Cited by: 98 πŸ”„ Year: 2008
Twittering the Boko Haram uprising in Nigeria: Investigating pragmatic acts in the social media πŸ“„ Cited by: 87 πŸ”„ Year: 2013
Radicalist discourse: a study of the stances of Nigeria’s Boko Haram and Somalia’s Al Shabaab on Twitter πŸ“„ Cited by: 68 πŸ”„ Year: 2015
β€˜Deadlier than Boko Haram’: Representations of the Nigerian herder–farmer conflict in the local and foreign press πŸ“„ Cited by: 62 πŸ”„ Year: 2022
Handbook of research on deception, fake news, and misinformation online πŸ“„ Cited by: 62 πŸ”„ Year: 2019
Assessing the Nigerianness of SMS text-messages in English πŸ“„ Cited by: 62 πŸ”„ Year: 2008
Online religion in Nigeria: The internet church and cyber miracles πŸ“„ Cited by: 58 πŸ”„ Year: 2012
A nation divided against itself: Biafra and the conflicting online protest discourses πŸ“„ Cited by: 55 πŸ”„ Year: 2018
Media representation of Nigeria’s joint military task force in the Niger Delta crisis πŸ“„ Cited by: 53 πŸ”„ Year: 2011
The discourse of digital deceptions and β€˜419’ emails πŸ“„ Cited by: 53 πŸ”„ Year: 2009
Labeling and ideology in the press: A Corpus-based critical discourse study of the Niger delta crisis πŸ“„ Cited by: 50 πŸ”„ Year: 2011
News headlines as pragmatic strategy in Nigerian press discourse πŸ“„ Cited by: 46 πŸ”„ Year: 2007
Occupy Nigeria 2012’: A critical analysis of Facebook posts in the fuel subsidy removal protests πŸ“„ Cited by: 43 πŸ”„ Year: 2015
On terrorist attacks in Nigeria: Stance and engagement in conversations on Nairaland πŸ“„ Cited by: 37 πŸ”„ Year: 2016
Nigerian English in informal email messages πŸ“„ Cited by: 35 πŸ”„ Year: 2010
SMS text-messaging and the Nigerian Christian context: Constructing values and sentiments πŸ“„ Cited by: 35 πŸ”„ Year: 2008


Innocent Chiluwa | Applied Linguistics Award | Best Researcher Award

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