Newspapers published in Nigeria

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Newspapers published in Nigeria have a strong tradition of the principle of "publish and be damned" that dates back to the colonial era when founding fathers of the Nigerian press such as Nnamdi Azikiwe, Ernest Ikoli, Obafemi Awolowo and Lateef Jakande used their papers to fight for independence.[1]

Until the 1990s most publications were government-owned, but private papers such as the Daily Trust, Nigerian Tribune, The Punch, Vanguard, and the Guardian continued to expose public and private scandals despite government attempts at suppression.[1] Laws related to the media, including newspapers, are scattered across various pieces of legislation. There are few good sources of discussion and analysis of these laws.[2]

Newspaper reporters are often poorly paid[according to whom?] and newspapers depend heavily on advertisements that may be placed by companies owned by powerful people. In some cases, this makes the papers cautious in reporting details of crimes or suspected crimes, and sometimes they carry articles that paint clearly corrupt individuals in a favourable light.[3][4] An analysis of newspapers shows a strong bias towards coverage of males, reflecting prevalent cultural biases. Few articles discuss women and there are few photographs of women outside the fashion sections.[5] Although earnings have declined since the late 1980s the number of publications has steadily grown. As of 2008 there were over 100 national, regional or local newspapers.[1]

Online newspapers have become popular since the rise of Internet accessibility in Nigeria; more than ten percent of the top fifty websites in the country are devoted to online newspapers.[6] Due to improved mobile penetration[7] and the growth of smartphones, Nigerians have begun to rely on the internet for news. Online newspapers have also been able to bypass government restrictions because content can be shared without the need for any physical infrastructure. The result has been a disruption of the traditional sources of news which have dominated the media industry. Recent online newspapers include Sahara Reporters, Ripples Nigeria, Morejara, Studydriller and Premium Times.

Most modern online newspapers have focused on political news reporting, with very few focused on other topics including business news. The entertainment industry has been dominated by blogs and gossip websites which do not usually identify as newspapers.

List of newspapers[edit]

This is a list of newspapers in Nigeria. The list includes print and online newspapers currently published in Nigeria that have national circulation or that are major local newspapers.[8]

Newspaper Location First issued Publisher
Blueprint Newspaper Abuja May 2011
Business Day Lagos 2005 Frank Aigbogun
Business Hallmark Ikeja, Lagos Prince Emeka Obasi
Complete Sports Lagos State 1995 Sunny Obazu-Ojeagbase
Daily Champion Lagos Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu
Daily Post Lagos, Nigeria James Bamisaye
Daily Times of Nigeria Lagos 9 June 1925 Folio Communications
Daily Trust Abuja 1998 Media Trust Ltd
Daylight Nigeria Lagos January 2014
Entertainment Express July 2011
Compass Abeokuta 2008 Gbenga Daniel
Guardian Lagos 1983 Felix Ibru
Independent Lagos 2001 Independent Newspapers Limited
Leadership Abuja 1 October 2004 Leadership Group Ltd
Mirror 2006 Global Media Mirror Limited
Nation Lagos 2006 Vintage Press Limited
National Network Port Harcourt 2004 Network Printing and Publishing Company
Nigerian Entertainment Today Lagos State 23 November 2009 Adekunle Ayeni
New Telegraph Lagos 3 February 2014 The Telegraph Publishing Company
Newswatch Lagos 28 January 1985 Global Media Mirror Limited
Next Lagos 2004 Timbuktu Media group
Observer Benin City 1968 Bendel Newspapers Company Limited
Osun Defender Osogbo Moremi Publishing House Ltd.
P.M. News Lagos 1994 Independent Communications Network Limited
Peoples Daily Abuja 30 November 2008 Peoples Media Ltd
Politics Nigeria Lagos 2016 Dumebi Emmanuel
Premium Times Abuja 2011 Premium Times Services Limited
Punch Lagos 1971 Ajibola Ogunsola
SaharaReporters Lagos Omoyele Sowore
Stears Business Lagos 2015 Stears News Limited
Sun Lagos 2001 The Sun Publishing Ltd
The Tide Port Harcourt 1971 Rivers State Newspaper Corporation
Tell Magazine Yaba, Lagos 1991 TELL Communications Limited
Thisday Lagos 1975 Leaders & Company
Tribune Ibadan 1949 African Newspapers of Nigeria Ltd
Triumph Kano 1980 Triumph Publishing
Vanguard Lagos 1983 Vanguard Media
Nigerian NewsDirect Ogun state 2010 NewsDirect global Concept ltd
Nigeria News Live Kwara State 2017 Hamfaiz Media concepts

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  1. ^ a b c Sriramesh, & Verčič 2009, pp. 324.
  2. ^ Mwalimu 2005, pp. 656.
  3. ^ Okurounmu 2010, pp. 107.
  4. ^ "Princess Mako Akishino of Japan's emperor, set to marry ex-classmate Kei Komuro". 17 May 2017. Retrieved 15 April 2019.
  5. ^ Poindexter & Meraz 2008, pp. 220ff.
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  8. ^ "Countries:Nigeria:News". Stanford University. Archived from the original on 4 November 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2011.


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