The Impact of Crises on Rebuilding the National Image: The Paradox of Nigeria’s Rebranding Project

By Stanislaus Iyorza.

Published by The International Journal of the Image

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This paper sets out to examine the ideals of rebranding in the national image rebuilding process, fetching examples from Nigeria’s experience. The discourse also examines the concepts of image and the impact of anti-social behaviour of citizens on the nation’s image within the international community. This includes indiscriminate imaging of violence or crime scenes through photographs and written reports by citizens of the country. The paradox of the development of indiscriminate imaging and reporting of violence through photographs is antagonistic to Nigeria’s image rebranding project. This paper acquires data through observational and analytical methods. This paper concludes that the rebranding of Nigeria and other African nations where violence, corruption, and anti-social behaviours strive is almost impossible until there is a change in the attitude of the citizens. The paper recommends that the war against corrupt practices, suicide bombings, and terrorist attacks on innocent citizens of Nigeria should be a collective effort of every Nigerian who wishes the country’s image well, otherwise the country will continually suffer the risk of perpetual alienation effects.

Keywords: Rebranding, Crises Imaging, National Image Rebranding

The International Journal of the Image, Volume 4, Issue 2, June 2014, pp.53-59. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: June 4, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 406.001KB)).

Dr. Stanislaus Iyorza

Lecturer, Department of Theatre and Media Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Calabar, Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria