“Facebook, Photography and the Virtualisation of Resistance in Nigeria” focuses on how Facebook, through its photographic practices, constitutes an alternative space for social movement in Nigeria. The images deployed in the civil relations are examined as placards held up in virtual spaces along with the concerns of the activists inscribed on them. The underlying technological relations of the civil movement are evaluated by scrutinising the dynamics of production and circulation of the images. The technological mediations are explained in terms of how they enable images to produce meanings and to create desired visual representations. The dynamics of display and circulation on Facebook is also analysed to understand the effects created by the virtuality and interconnectivities of the internet. Ultimately, cyber activism in the Nigerian context is appraised in terms of the potential for socio-political and economic transformation. I make a case for a “Nigerian revolution” as experienced not in an explosive sense but in a variety of interesting ways that among other things trouble the structures of power in the country. Also explored is the sense in which the image gets implicated in the virtual practice. Photographs are caught in a “precarious” situation: to create calamity and at the same time fight it.

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