Dr Chikezie E. Uzuegbunam holds a PhD in Media Studies from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and Master’s, Bachelor’s and diploma degrees from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nigeria. Over the last ten years, he has been teaching, consulting, and researching in both Nigeria and South Africa. He was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Institute for Humanities in Africa, working with the research collective on Artificial Intelligence and 4IR in Africa.
He is widely travelled and has attended numerous international, regional and local events in the media, technology, communication, and African studies fields. He has published consistently (over 25 academic outputs) in the areas of digital technology, young people and media, popular culture, political/health communication, and mis/disinformation studies. He has numerous op-eds and essays published in mainstream media and critical blogs. His work has been supported by international institutions like the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Ford Foundation, Coimbra Group of Universities Europe, Mellon Foundation, IAMCR, University of Bergen, and University of Cape Town. He is the Assistant Editor of African Journalism Studies and Annals of the International Communication Association, and a peer reviewer for countless high-profile journals.
He has spent time as a Visiting Fellow in universities such as Oxford University, University of Cape Town, University of Groningen, and Xiamen University. Dr Uzuegbunam is a Fellow of the Nigerian School of Internet Governance. He is appointed as a member of the Volunteer Expert Group for developing Nigeria’s National Artificial Intelligence Policy by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).