Prof. Innocent Chiluwa, Linguistic analysis, Best Researcher Award

Professor at Covenant Universit, Nigeria

Prof. Innocent Chiluwa is a distinguished scholar in the field of communication studies, renowned for his expertise in digital media, political communication, and socio-political discourse analysis, particularly within African contexts. With a Ph.D. in English and Media/Communication Studies from the University of Ibadan, Prof. Chiluwa has dedicated his career to researching the transformative impact of digital technologies and online communication platforms on society, culture, and politics in Africa. He has held various academic positions, including Professor of English and Communication Studies at Covenant University, where he received accolades such as the Best Publication Award in Humanities and the Best Lecturer Award.

Prof. Chiluwa’s research interests encompass a wide array of topics, including digital media and society, political communication, online activism, media representations of conflict, gender and communication, and language and discourse analysis. Through his extensive body of work, he has contributed significantly to advancing knowledge in these areas and has been recognized with prestigious fellowships and research grants, including from institutions like the Humboldt Foundation. Prof. Chiluwa’s commitment to scholarship, teaching excellence, and intellectual leadership continues to make a profound impact on the field of communication studies, both nationally and internationally.



Ph.D. in English & Media/Communication Studies – University of Ibadan, 2005

MA in English (Language) – University of Lagos, 1998

BA in English & Literary Studies – University of Calabar, 1996

Professional Experience

Prof. Innocent Chiluwa has a diverse and extensive professional experience in academia, research, and leadership roles. He served as a Professor of English and Communication Studies at Covenant University from 2015 to 2022, where he made significant contributions to teaching, research, and institutional development. Additionally, he worked as a Research Fellow at the Centre for Advanced Internet Studies (CAIS) in Bochum from 2022 to 2023, exploring the intersection of information technology, social media, and political participation, particularly focusing on African women. Prof. Chiluwa also held prestigious fellowships, including the Humboldt Fellowship at the University of Freiburg, where he conducted research on various topics such as the #EndSARS protests in Nigeria and representations of conflicts in the media. Throughout his career, he has received recognition for his scholarly contributions, including awards for publications and teaching excellence, reflecting his dedication to advancing knowledge and fostering academic excellence.

Research Interests

  1. Digital Media and Society: Investigating the impact of digital technologies, social media platforms, and online communication on society, culture, and political participation, with a specific emphasis on African contexts.
  2. Political Communication: Exploring the role of communication channels, including traditional media and social networking platforms, in shaping political discourse, public opinion formation, and democratic processes in Africa.
  3. Online Activism and Social Movements: Studying the dynamics of online activism, grassroots mobilization, and digital advocacy campaigns, with a focus on their effectiveness in driving social and political change in African societies.
  4. Media Representations and Conflict: Analyzing media portrayals of conflicts, crises, and social issues in Africa, with an emphasis on understanding how these representations influence public perceptions, policy responses, and conflict resolution efforts.
  5. Gender and Communication: Examining gender dynamics in communication processes, media representations, and online spaces, with a focus on issues of gender equality, empowerment, and representation in African contexts.
  6. Language and Discourse Analysis: Investigating language use, discursive practices, and rhetorical strategies in political communication, online interactions, and public discourse, with an emphasis on linguistic and discourse analytical approaches.


“Occupy Nigeria 2012’: A critical analysis of Facebook posts in the fuel subsidy removal protests”

  • Author: I Chiluwa
  • Published in: Revista Clina
  • Volume: 1
  • Pages: 47-69
  • Year: 2015
  • Citation count: 42

“News headlines as pragmatic strategy in Nigerian press discourse”

  • Author: I Chiluwa
  • Published in: The International Journal of Language, Society and Culture
  • Volume: 27
  • Pages: 63-71
  • Year: 2007
  • Citation count: 41

“Nigerian English in informal email messages”

  • Author: I Chiluwa
  • Published in: English World-Wide
  • Volume: 31
  • Issue: 1
  • Pages: 40-61
  • Year: 2010
  • Citation count: 35

“SMS text-messaging and the Nigerian Christian context: Constructing values and sentiments”

  • Author: I Chiluwa
  • Published in: The International Journal of Language, Society and Culture
  • Volume: 24
  • Pages: 11-20
  • Year: 2008
  • Citation count: 35

“The discourse of terror threats: Assessing online written threats by Nigerian terrorist groups”

  • Author: I Chiluwa
  • Published in: Studies in Conflict & Terrorism
  • Volume: 40
  • Issue: 4
  • Pages: 318-338
  • Year: 2017
  • Citation count: 33
Innocent Chiluwa | Linguistic analysis | Best Researcher Award

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