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DETERMINANTS OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES USE AMONG RURAL NIGERIAN WOMEN

    Prof Nkiru Eze, Harvey G.O. Igben, Patrick Nkemdilim Ijeh, Ezeudu Benedict Ogochukwu

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Recently, there has been an increasing dependence on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in everyday life, both in professional and private lives. Researching the usage of ICTs by rural Nigerian women is of relevance, as unequal access and competencies related to ICTs remain a problem of social inclusion in a digitalized world. In the context of Diffusion of Innovation theory, a semi-structured interview was used to examine everyday usage and interpretation of ICTs by women in select rural communities in the South/south geo-political zone in Nigeria. Most of the rural women did not own but had access to ICTs through cellular phones. The approaches for ICTs’ adoption were family-centred and technically support approaches; while getting in touch, bandwagon and business transactions were their reasons for using ICTs.

Keyword : ICTs, Rural, Women, Determinant, Bandwagon

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