Innocent Chiluwa

Innocent Chiluwa is a Professor in Language (discourse analysis) and Media/Digital Communications and Head, Department of Languages & General Studies, Covenant University, OTA, (Nigeria). He is a Research Fellow and Digital Expert of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH) (Bonn) and a visiting Professor in the Department of English, University of Freiburg, Freiburg Germany. He obtained a PhD in English and Communication/Media Studies from the University of Ibadan (Nigeria) in 2005 and was a post-doctoral research scholar of the AvH at the University of Freiburg, Germany (2009/10). His research interests are (critical) discourse analysis and linguistic pragmatics focusing on the study of conflict discourse in the media and computer-mediated communications, especially discourses produced by minority groups, terrorist organizations, and militant/secessionist groups in the form of resistance, protest or activism. Digital communications that show evidence of threats, linguistic violence or hate speech are of particular interest. He is also interested in the investigation of ideology, stance, identity, and deception in political, religious and cultural discourses. He has published scholarly articles in reputable international journals such as Discourse & Society (Sage), Discourse Studies (Sage), Discourse & Communication (Sage), Journal of Multicultural Discourses (Routledge), Journal of Language and Politics (John Benjamins), Pragmatics and Society (John Benjamins), Africa Today (Indiana), Journal of Asian and African Studies (Sage), Studies in Conflict and Terrorism (Taylor & Francis) etc. He is the author of Labeling and Ideology in the Press (Peter Lang), and Language in the News: mediating sociopolitical crises in Nigeria (Peter Lang). He is co-editor, Computer-Mediated Discourse in Africa (Nova) and lead editor, Pragmatics of Nigerian English in Digital Discourse (Lincom). He is the editor of Covenant Journal of Language Studies (CJLS), an international open access journal.


SMS and Civil Unrest
Innocent Chiluwa. © 2019. 12 pages.
This chapter examines the roles of text messaging in organizing and mobilizing protests and social unrest. It gives a general overview of the various forms of protest behaviors...
Handbook of Research on Deception, Fake News, and Misinformation Online
Innocent E. Chiluwa, Sergei A. Samoilenko. © 2019. 651 pages.
The growing amount of false and misleading information on the internet has generated new concerns and quests for research regarding the study of deception and deception...
“Attention Beneficiary…!”: Assessing Types and Features of Scam Emails
Innocent E. Chiluwa, Ebikaboere Ovia, Emmanuel Uba. © 2019. 18 pages.
This chapter identifies the various types and features of scam emails as a genre of computer-mediated communication. The types identified include money transfer, investment scam...
Deception in Online Terrorist Propaganda: A Study of ISIS and Boko Haram
Innocent E. Chiluwa. © 2019. 18 pages.
This chapter examines the meaning, types, and practice of propaganda by two prominent terrorist groups, namely ISIS and Boko Haram, and how deception and deceptive communication...
SMS & Civil Unrest
Innocent Chiluwa. © 2018. 11 pages.
This entry examines the roles of text messaging in organizing and mobilizing protests and social unrest. It gives a general overview of the various forms of protest behaviors...
Texting and Christian Practice
Innocent Chiluwa, Emmanuel Uba. © 2015. 7 pages.
This chapter examines the practice of texting in various Christian contexts and why this practice has become so important. It shows that the adoption of mobile technology to...
Text Messaging in Social Protests
Innocent Chiluwa. © 2015. 8 pages.
This article gives a general overview of the roles of mobile phone in initiating and mobilizing social protests. It is argued that text messaging had been used to mobilize civil...