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Recording technology in contemporary Nigeria: connecting the Nigerian youth and the drive for development and sustainability

Kehinde Oluyemisi Faniyi, Oluwarotimi Olaosebikan, Omolara Olasunbo Loko, Olugbenga Olanrewaju Loko


Diverse studies and scholarly discourse on the influence of modern technology on Africa’s youth are abound. An important concern, here, is on the innovative and differing ways Africa’s youth, particularly Nigeria’s teeming youth population adopts new cutting edge technologies in their quest to cut a niche for themselves in the nation’s music recording industry and its performance arena. Using the theory of culture change proposed by Nelson (2005) as a premise, and drawing on ethnographic data collected from field work through interview, this paper is an attempt at appraising the new cutting edge technologies for music recording in connection with the Nigerian Youths’ drive for development and sustainability. There are indications that Nigerian youths find the new technologies to be innovative, more flexible and a subtle pedestal for discovering their innate creative potentials, and easily adoptive for meaningful economic and social empowerment. Addressed in this paper is Nigerian youths’ attempt at traversing the new technological milieu.

Keywords: Recording, Youth, Empowerment, Technologies, Innovation

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