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Vincent Manzie will present “Applying the Rhetoric of Renewal Model in a Contemporary African Context: Lessons learned from the Royal Dutch Shell Oil Crisis in Nigeria”. This paper applies the crisis renewal model on a multinational organizational crisis in Nigeria in order not only to analyze the crisis points of conflicts in the multinational’s corporate rhetoric but also to examine how global relations, situated exigencies and cultural, social, and economic tensions contextualize corporate communication strategies during crises.
Tolulope Odebunmi will present “Whatsapp: A Safe Haven for Gender Transgression?” The study of how people use common language in any context must recognize the underlying cultural tone because cultural practices and beliefs are necessarily implicated, such as in the nexus between new media and certain linguistic practices among Nigerians. This paper specifically considers the use of emojis by Nigerians on "Whatsapp" in light of the homophobic atmosphere that seems to characterize sexual relationships in Nigerian society, an atmosphere that unfortunately turned harsher with the passage of the 2014 anti-same-sex union bill.
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