Who owns the media in Africa? Does the old adage “He who pays the piper calls the tune” apply in Africa today when describing ownership and control of media, ICTs and communication tools? Can we really talk about a clear power structure that can be reduced to those who own, and thus have power over the media, and those who do not own, and thus have no or less control over the flow/usage of information and communication? This is a call for book chapter proposals which is responsive to ongoing global and technological changes that are having an impact on mass media ownerships, economics, regulations, operations, structures, performance and thus creating shifts in the whole political structure of the continent. The call invites analysis of existing and emerging patterns of media ownerships in Africa. It seeks to investigate global, national and local media and communication operations across the continent; south and north alike.

Our questions/themes of interest:

  • Media and state capture in Africa
  • Local, national and glocal ownership of media in Africa
  • Regulation, policies and laws for media ownership in Africa
  • Controls, censorship and media ownership in Africa
  • Shifts in media ownership & implications for democratisation
  • The role of economic and political ruling classes in media ownership and power
  • The agency of individuals, marginalized groups in challenging media conglomerates
  • Case studies of media ownership countries or media platforms focusing on shifts in ownership or/and usage and analysing implications locally and/or globally
  • The role of the state, the market and civil society in media ownership.
  • Alternative media ownership.
  • Comparative analysis of media ownerships: locally and regionally
  • Transnational ownership in Africa
  • Diasporic media ownership and their influence
  • Emerging trends and patterns of cross media ownership and concentration
  • Media performance, content and ownerships
  • Media ownership in the age of right-wing politics, authoritarianism and right-wing politics.
  • Media pluralism and diversity projects in Africa
  • Foreign aid and Media development in Africa



We invite submissions of 250-300 words chapter proposals. Deadline: 30 May 2018. Submissions should also include:

  1. Title of chapter
  2. Author name/s, institutional details
  3. Corresponding author’s email address
  4. Keywords (no more than 5)
  5. A short bio (Maximum 100 words)

Commissioned chapters will be around 5,000 words. Accepting an abstract does not guarantee the publication of the final manuscript. Once the book proposal is approved, all chapters will be subject to a double-blind reviewing process

The deadline for submitting your abstracts is 30 May 2018.

Full chapters due: 31-08-2018

Abstracts and questions should be addressed to Dr. Loubna El Mkaouar:


Book Edited by: Winston Mano and Loubna El Mkaouar (The Africa Media Centre, The Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI), University of Westminster and the Ghana Institute of Journalism, to be published by Routledge.

We look forward to your submissions.