The Digital Humanities and Digital Literacy: Understanding the Digital Culture in Nigeria

Titilola Lucy Babalola


As Daniel O'Donnell's review of global participation in digital humanities suggests, digital activity may be correlated with the economic situation of a country, such that countries with high income witness a high participation in digital activities while countries with average or low income have partial or low participation (2012). Therefore, in this paper, I investigate the digital culture of Nigeria as a developing country with the goal of teasing out explanations for the gaps between digital literacy and digital humanities activities. I focus on the reasons for a low participation in digital humanities activities in the country by looking into the problems that internet users face in the country and why, despite the amount of digital activities taking place in the country, there appears to be an absence of digital humanities in academia. I conclude by proposing ways through which digital humanities can be incorporated into the Nigerian digital culture, especially in the education sector.

Comme le suggère Daniel O’Donnell dans son examen sur la participation mondiale aux humanités numériques, il peut y avoir une corrélation entre les activités numériques et la situation économique d’un pays. Ainsi, dans les pays où le revenu est élevé, le niveau de participation à des activités numériques est vaste, alors que dans les pays dont le revenu est moyen ou faible, le niveau de participation est partiellement ou peu élevé (2012). Par conséquent, dans cet essai, j’examine la culture numérique du Nigeria comme pays en développement dans le but de rechercher des explications aux écarts entre les activités de la culture numérique et des humanités numériques. Je me concentre sur les raisons de la faible participation à des activités d’humanités numériques dans le pays en examinant les problèmes auxquels sont confrontés les utilisateurs d’Internet, et les raisons pour lesquelles les humanités numériques semblent être absentes dans les universités, malgré le nombre des activités numériques qui ont lieu dans le pays. Je conclus en proposant des moyens par lesquels les humanités numériques peuvent être intégrées dans la culture numérique du Nigeria, particulièrement dans le secteur de l’éducation.


Digital Humanities; Digital Literacy; Digital Culture


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