Defining your scholarly purpose helps you think through why you want to use social media platforms like Twitter. But, as with everything else, you also need to ask the other elemental questions – who, what, where, when, and how. Twitter, like any other piece of technology, is a tool that can be used strategically. Thinking through these questions helps frame your engagement in an intentional way, ensuring that your actions reflect your purpose.
I am a historian of Africa and the British Empire, teaching African History, World History, and Comparative Colonial History at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. I am also the author of "Ghana on the Go: African Mobility in the Age of Motor Transportation", published in 2016 by Indiana University Press and a finalist for the 2017 Herskovits Prize from the African Studies Association. I'm interested in global cultures of automobility and technology, urban planning, popular culture, and the history of development. A historian by trade, my work is also influenced by and engages in the fields of Anthropology, Sociology, Geography, Economics, Philosophy, Political Science, and Digital Humanities and draws on evidence collected through ethnographic fieldwork, oral histories, and archives. You can follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @detroittoaccra. You can also follow my digital humanities project, Accra Wala on Instagram @accramobile and on Twitter and Facebook @accrawala.