Mufutau Kolawole Muyiwa, M.A.

Thema: "Deconstructing and Reconceptualizing Nigeria's Public Diplomacy with Germany- Actors, Institutions and Complexities"

Curriculum vitae

  • Born in 1987, Lagos, Nigeria
  • 2006 - 2011 Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication at Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ogun state, Nigeria
  • 2015 - 2016 Academic Preparation Course at the TU Ilmenau, Germany
  • 2016 - 2018 Master of Arts in Media and Communication Science, Ilmenau University of Technology, Germany
  • 2019 - 2019 Certificate in Global Environmental Governance, Department of Political Science, Lund University, Sweden
  • 2018 - 2020 Master of Arts in Global Communication: Politics and Society, University of Erfurt, Germany (with mobility funding from DAAD Promos Program)

Professional Experience

  • 01/2009 - 11/2011 Features Writer/ News Reporter
  • 01/2013 - 03/2015 Communication Specialist, Port-Harcourt, Nigeria
  • 06/2018 - 09/2018 Content Marketing (Intern)- Erfurt, Germany
  • 10/2018 - 03/2019 Technical Writer, Berlin, Germany
  • 06/2019 - 12/2019 Content Specialist (Intern)- Düsseldorf, Germany
  • 01/2020 - Current Digital Marketing and Content Specialist- Düsseldorf, Germany
  • 04/2020 - Current Chief Editor, Global Community Student Magazine, MA GlobCo Program, University of Erfurt

Description

We live in a world characterized by national self-interest, which culminates in diplomatic tensions and politically motivated conflicts. Nations make calculated efforts to create strategic alliances, convey government policies both at home and abroad and stimulate a favourable perception from foreign governments and foreign publics. The socio-economic disparity between the Global North and its Global South counterpart suggest that the politics of interests becomes a parallel line, despite the presence of universal realities and interests. African countries are divided across ethnical and linguistic lines, with a varied political and socio-economic landscape, which may enhance or sabotage public diplomacy efforts. The implication is that while countries from the Global North can rely on what (Nye, 2009) described as “smart power” (the combination of hard and soft power), countries from the Global South are deficient in hard power and reliant on soft power (cultural asset, political values, policies and other attractive national properties).

Nigeria’s Public Diplomacy is reactive, but often misconstrued as static and homogeneous in character, shape and form. Consequently, this study will apply theoretical approaches to examine and understand the principle, scope, integration, mechanisms, nature and challenges of Nigeria’s public diplomacy in Germany. Furthermore, this study will identify and analyze the critical individual actors/stakeholders (1st level); social/group/transnational/subnational actors (2nd level); government/state actors (3rd level); and supranational entities (4th level) within the context of Nigeria’s public diplomacy with Germany. The scope of my research will later expand to accommodate the intricacies of African Public Diplomacy.

Research Interest

African public diplomacy, Media and Democracy, Media and politics, Media and Public Diplomacy, Media and Terrorism, Climate Change Diplomacy.