Dr. Chinekwu Obidoa
The Impact of Globalization on Youth Sexual Risk in Nigeria
Globalization as a multidimensional phenomenon has led to the intensification of economic, social, cultural, and technological interconnectedness across the globe. There is preponderant evidence showing that while this powerful force holds great promise for economic growth and advancement, it is reorganizing social, cultural and economic dynamics of societies, hence fostering deep inequalities across and within nations. Such transformations have numerous implications for livelihood across the globe. This presentation will discuss the various social, cultural and economic changes initiated by globalization in Nigeria. It will focus on highlighting how cultural and economic globalization impact youth sexual and HIV/AIDS risk in Nigeria. Using a mixed methods approach and anchored on theoretical approaches in anthropology, sociology, social psychology and public health, the study on which this presentation is based, examined the role of exposure to global media and global popular youth culture in the Nigerian economic context in shaping youth sexual socialization. The implications of these dynamics for HIV/AIDS risk, prevention/intervention for Nigerian youth will be discussed.
Dr. Obidoa is a researcher and scholar whose research interests cut across several disciplines and topics, including health disparities, HIV/AIDS, impact of globalization on health, spatial epidemiology and African immigrant health. Her research on HIV/AIDS has focused on the geographical analysis of HIV/AIDS, contextual factors of HIV/AIDS risk and the impact of global popular youth culture on youth sexual behavior.