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Music, Political Messaging, and Nigeria’s 2015 Presidential Election

Aririguzoh, Stella (2019) Music, Political Messaging, and Nigeria’s 2015 Presidential Election. In: Music and Messaging in the African Political Arena. IGI Global, Hershey, Pennsylvania, pp. 261-282.

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Music and songs command public attention and generally appeal to a large number of people. During the 2015 Nigerian presidential election, some politicians and their parties virtually took over the musical space to woo voters. The message creators for incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan and his challenger, Muhammadu Buhari, crafted music-laden television commercials to convey their manifestos. This chapter used a content analytical method to investigate how various pieces of musical compositions were used as communication tools in the television adverts used in the elections. Specifically, it examined the musical genre, words, context, message, and discourse. Overall, most of the political advertisements used in the election were built around music and songs in praise of the candidates or used to tarnish their image.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2019 12:22
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2019 12:22

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