Dr Emeka Umejei

Postdoc Research Fellow

Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research
Schifferstraße 44
47059 Duisburg

Phone: +49 (0)203 379-5230
Fax: +49 (0)203 379-5276
E-Mail: umejei@gcr21.uni-due.de


Since 12/2020

University of Ghana

Communication Studies


09/2018 – 11/2020

American University of Nigeria

Communications and Multimedia Design

Visiting Assistant Professor

08/2017 – 08/2018

University of Witwatersrand

Media Studies

Research Associate

Research Interests

  • Chinese Media in Africa
  • Chinese Digital Infrastructure in Africa
  • Journalism Studies
  • Media and Democracy in Africa
  • Great Power Competition in Africa
  • Critical Disinformation Studies
  • Digital Journalism


Dr Emeka Umejei joined the research group 'Global cooperation and diverse conceptions of world order' in September 2021 and will be a Postdoc Research Fellow at the Centre until August 2022.


Research Project at the Centre

US-China Decoupling: Clash of two 'Internets' in Africa

The tension between the US and China over technology is one of the top geopolitical risks of 2020. The prediction of the Internet splitting into the US versus Chinese versions have implications for countries on either side of the divide. This study argues that the rivalry between the US and China in the technology space has implications for freedom of information and digital innovation in Africa.



  • Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC)
  • South African Communications Association (SACOMM)


Dani Morales, Herman Wasserman, Gregory Gondwe, Melissa Tully, Emeka Umejei, Chikezie Uzuegbunam, and Este Sikanku (2021). Motivations for Sharing Misinformation: A Comparative Study in Six sub-Saharan African Countries, International Journal of Communication, 15(2021): 20.

Umejei, Emeka and Suleiman A. S. (2021). Investigative Journalism in Nigeria (1999-2019): A Shift to Online Media? In Investigative Journalism, Edited by Professor Hugo De Burgh and Dr Paul Lashmar (Third Edition). London: Routledge.

Umejei, Emeka (2020). Chinese Media in Africa: Perception, Performance, and Paradox, Lanham MD, Lexington.

Umejei, Emeka (2020). ‘U.S.-China Technology "Cold War": Exploring Africa's Options,’ The China Africa Project (CAP), 23 October.

Umejei, Emeka (2019). We Still Have Lots to Learn About How the Media Covered State Capture. In State of the Newsroom 2018: Structured Unstructured, edited by Alan Finlay. Wits Journalism, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Umejei, Emeka (2018). ‘Chinese Media in Africa: Between Promise and Reality’. Equid Novi: African Journalism Studies.

Umejei, Emeka (2018). ‘Hybridising Journalism: Clash of two ‘Journalisms’ in Africa’. Chinese Journal of Communication.

Umejei, Emeka (2018). ‘The Imitation Game: Will China’s Investment Reshape Africa’s Internet?’