'This is an exceptionally rich and thought-provoking work. Nyamnjoh gives us a vivid, well researched picture of the new African media landscape, while asking probing questions about both journalistic practice and the meaning of democracy.'
James Ferguson, Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology, Stanford University
'Nyamnjoh's analysis innovatively develops a new conceptual framework in assessing studies on, and the state of, African media and how people use them. He speaks from Africa, about Africa, in an engagement with Western theory, assumptions and policies. This study is a breakthrough.'
Keyan G. Tomaselli, University of KwaZulu-Natal and President, South African Communication Association
'Creatively rendered in a descriptive and critical style that combines the anthropologist‘s eyes for patterned behaviour and the journalist's nose for social criticism. The result is a delicious rendition on the complex role of communication in democracy.'
Charles Okigbo, Department of Communication, North Dakota State University
'Raises the level of the debate on the media and the democratization agenda in Africa to a very high level with perceptive and insightful analysis of the problematic. The work is informed, detailed, useful, and meaningful.'
Cecil Blake, Chair, Africana Studies Department, University of Pittsburgh
'In a well-documented and balanced way Nyamnjoh advocates genuine communication and democracy in a broad and participatory sense. This book should be core reading for anyone with an interest in Africa.'
Jan Servaes, editor-in-chief, Communication for Development and Social Change: The Global Journal
'A welcome arrival in the global context where there are relatively few African contributions to media and communication studies literature.'
Lucky Madikiza, Development Bank of Southern Africa
'Thoroughly investigates the practice of journalism as a profession in Africa. Indeed, it articulates the divergent attitudes of acceptance of the profession by civil society in Africa and its contribution to democratization as a whole.'
Political Studies Review
'An informative and quite comprehensive overview of the media situation in Africa, especially as it relates to the ongoing process of democratization ... rich in facts and details.'
Political Science Quarterly
‘These studies provide valuable insights into the operation of the media in Africa, at least in some parts of it.'
African Studies Review