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The impact of Covid-19 in Nigeria

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This research programme established at IFRA-Nigeria in 2020, aims at, first, gathering data on the consequences of the global pandemic in Nigeria and, then, analyzing the impact of the crisis at different levels.

 

 

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The emergence of Covid-19 late 2019, and its subsequent spread all over the globe, have challenged both stable and fragile States, have endangered even the strongest economies and transformed all societies. In Nigeria, the virus has, very early on, been considered as a serious threat and the governments, State administrations and civil society actors warned citizens and put in place measures to avoid its spreading.
This unprecedented situation demands a fine analysis based on human and social sciences. As early as May 2020, IFRA-Nigeria launched an interdisciplinary research programme in order to understand the impact of the pandemic in Nigeria at different levels.
The programme fosters research projects conducted by young Nigerian researchers addressing various consequences of the pandemic. In line with both IFRA’s research priorities as well as the proposals submitted, two main themes have been favored:

  • Religion and Covid-19 in Nigeria 
  • Economic impact of Covid-19 in Nigeria

Methodology 

Aiming first as collecting data, the programme has eventually supported five research projects. They are ongoing and will lead to a set of publications in 2021.

Data-collection grants to Nigerian young researchers on Covid-19 impact 

Research on the effects of Covid-19 has to be backed by first-hand data, collected during the crisis. In between May and September 2020, IFRA-Nigeria offered small grants to support researchers based in Nigerian institutions to implement data collection projects on Covid-19 impact.
Research on the effects of Covid-19 has to be backed by first-hand data, collected during the crisis. In between May and September 2020, IFRA-Nigeria offered small grants to support researchers based in Nigerian institutions to implement data collection projects on Covid-19 impact. Eight data-collection have thus been conducted:

  • Omomayowa Abati : “How everyday Twitter talk by governance actors (government, businesses, individual citizens and civil society) is shaping Nigeria’s management of the Covid-19 pandemic
  • Yusuff Sikiru Abiona : “Social stigmatization and Covid-19: the example of Ejigbo returnees in Osun state, South-West Nigeria
  • Semiu Adegbenle : “Fashioning new survival tactics: Nigerians response to Covid-19 lockdown. The case of facemasks producers and sellers
  • Junaidu Danladi : “The Impact of Covid-19 Pandemic on the Economy of Kano State: A Case Study of Trade and Markets
  • Destiny Idegbekwe : “Gathering Covid-19 Related Nigerian social media memes and comic video skits as indicators of fear, caution and humour
  • Fred John : “Indigenous imaginations, responses and strategies for managing the Covid-19 pandemic in rural communities in South-West Nigeria
  • Ezeugwu Lilien : “Archive of Covid-19 related skits, jingles, and performances with artists
  • Chimaobi Onwukwe : “Faith and science in the fight against Covid-19: Perceptions and interpretative analysis of the messages of religious leaders in Nigeria

The aim of this first phase was to collect first-hand data during the first outburst of the crisis, that can be used later on by researchers. These sets of data will soon be available on request for any researchers wanting to analyse them.

Ongoing research projects supported by IFRA-Nigeria 

After this first phase of data collection, IFRA-Nigeria chose to provide further support to five research projects, focusing on two main themes: 

The economic impact of Covid-19 in Nigeria :

As everywhere in the world, the economic impact of Covid-19 has been deeply felt in Nigeria The lockdown and curfew policies as well as the global economic recession and travel restrictions have deeply affected the Nigerian economy at different levels.
The research projects currently conducted have focused on the informal sector and small-scale traders, and were able to present very rich and original material collected on the field. Three researchers are currently involved in this analysis phase, that should lead to the publication of working papers and scientific articles on the following topics: 

  • Junaidu Danladi: “The Impact of Covid-19 Pandemic on the Economy of Kano State: A Case Study of Trade and Markets”.
  • Semiu Adegbenle: “Fashioning New Survival Tactics: Nigerian SMEs Response to Covid-19 Lockdown. The case of facemasks producers and sellers
  • Iretiayo Hope Adejumon: “The Economic Impact of Covid-19 in Lagos State. The case of female alcohol sellers”.

In order to make some of the outputs of the research projects widely accessible, IFRA-Nigeria will support the production of a short documentary on this topic. The objective is to give a voice to different people impacted by the pandemic as well as the strategies they have had to put in place to mitigate its effects. 

Religion and Covid-19 in Nigeria

The pandemic situation and the social distancing restrictions have forced religious organisations and followers to transform their practices. Meanwhile, religion has also had an impact on how the pandemic has been perceived and understood by many Nigerians. Both these aspects are addressed in two ongoing research projects : 

  • Abimbola Omopo: “Impact of Covid-19 on religious practices and religious conviviality in Ibadan
  • Dr Chimaobi Onwukwe: “Faith and science in the fight against Covid-19: Perceptions and interpretative analysis of the messages of religious leaders in Nigeria

 

Coordinator 

Dr Cyrielle Maingraud-Martinaud, Deputy Director at IFRA-Nigeria.

Researchers

Dr Omomayowa Abati, PhD, Department of Political Science,Obafemi Awolowo University / Assistant Lecturer, Kings University, Odeomu, Osun State.
Dr Destiny Idegbekwe, PhD, University of Port-Harcourt / Department of English Studies, University of Africa.
Dr Chimaobi Onwukwe, Department of linguistics and communication, Abia State University.

Yusuff Sikiru Abiona, M.A. Student, Department of history , Obafemi Awolowo University.
Semiu Adegbenle, M.A. Student, Department of history, University of Ibadan.
Iretiayo Hope Adejumon, M.A. Student, Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan.
Junaidu Danladi, PhD Student, Department of History, Ahmadu Bello University.
Fred John, PhD Student, Department of Linguistics, University of Ibadan.
Ezeugwu Lilien, M.A. Student, Department of Music, Obafemi Awolowo University.
Abimbola Omopo, M.A., Department of Anthropology, University of Ibadan.

Other team members

Babatunde Oluwatobiloba Akinde, documentarist and junior research associate at IFRA-Nigeria.
Luc-Yaovi Kouassi, PhD student (LAM/Sciences Po Bordeaux)
Juliette Reflé, research project manager at IFRA-Nigeria.

Partners 

The French Embassy in Nigeria funded the major part of the data collection and research grants. 

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