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]

Some 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] 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.[4] Although earnings have declined since the late 1980s the number of publications has steadily grown.[citation needed]

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. Due to improved mobile penetration 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, National Post and Premium Times.[5]

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.[6]

Newspaper Location First issued Publisher
Daily Times of Nigeria Lagos 9 June 1925 Folio Communications
Sky News Nigeria Lagos December 2018 Gbenga Odunsi
Tribune Ibadan 1949 African Newspapers of Nigeria Ltd
Global Times Nigeria Lagos February 2020 Gbenga Odunsi
Observer Benin City 1968 Bendel Newspapers Company Limited
Punch Lagos 1971 Ajibola Ogunsola
The Tide Port Harcourt 1971 Rivers State Newspaper Corporation
The Standard Jos 1972 Benue-Plateau Printing Publication Cooperation
Triumph Kano 1980 Triumph Publishing
Guardian Lagos 1983 Felix Ibru
National Post Abuja April 2021 Akeem Adebayo
Newswatch Lagos 28 January 1985 Global Media Mirror Limited
Tell Magazine Lagos 1991 TELL Communications Limited
TheNEWS magazine Lagos 1992 Independent Communication Limited
P.M. News Lagos 1994 Independent Communications Network Limited
Thisday Lagos 1995 Leaders & Company
Complete Sports Lagos 1995 Sunny Obazu-Ojeagbase
Daily Trust Abuja 1998 Media Trust Ltd
Sun Lagos 2001 The Sun Publishing Ltd
Independent Nigeria (Lagos newspaper) Lagos 2001 Independent Newspaper Limited
Independent Lagos 2001 Independent Newspapers Limited
National Network Port Harcourt 2004 Network Printing and Publishing Company
Next Lagos 2004 Timbuktu Media group
Leadership Abuja 1 October 2004 Leadership Group Ltd
Business Day Lagos 2005 Frank Aigbogun
Mirror 2006 Global Media Mirror Limited
Nation Lagos 2006 Vintage Press Limited
Uhuru Times Ogun 2007 Journal Communication Limited
Peoples Daily Abuja 30 November 2008 Peoples Media Ltd
Newsdiary online Abuja 2009 NewsDiary Communicatin Limited
Nigerian Entertainment Today Lagos 23 November 2009 Adekunle Ayeni
TheCable Lagos 2011 Cable Newspaper Ltd.
Premium Times Abuja 2011 Premium Times Services Limited
Blueprint Newspaper Abuja May 2011
Entertainment Express July 2011
Daylight Nigeria Lagos January 2014
New Telegraph Lagos 3 February 2014 The Telegraph Publishing Company
The Authority (newspaper) Abuja 2015 The Authority Media & Publications Limited
Ripples Nigeria Lagos 2015 Richmond Hill Media Limited
Stears Business Lagos 2015 Stears News Limited
Politics Nigeria Lagos 2016 Dumebi Emmanuel
Daily Nigerian Abuja 6 June 2016 Penlight Media Limited
The Periscope News Port Harcourt 6 March 2019 Mazi Obi Okoli
Sahara Reporters Lagos Omoyele Sowore
Business Hallmark Lagos Prince Emeka Obasi
Daily Champion Lagos Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu
Daily Post Lagos 2011 Daily Post Media Ltd.
Osun Defender Osun Moremi Publishing House Ltd.
Nigeria CommunicationsWeek Lagos 2007 Ken Nwogbo
National Network (newspaper) Rivers State 2004 Network Printing and Publishing Company
New Nigerian
Nigerian Compass Ogun State 2008 Gbenga Daniel
Urhobo Vanguard Delta State 2012 Urhobo Vanguard Publishing Ltd
Thinkers Newspaper Abuja 2015 Thinkers Communications Limited
National Mirror 2006 Jimoh Ibrahim
The News Journal (Nigeria) Ibadan 2013 Layipo Concept Lagos 2016 Polance Media Ltd.
TheWill Newspaper[7] Lagos 2009 Austyn Ogannah O.

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  1. ^ a b c Sriramesh & Verčič 2009, pp. 324.
  2. ^ Mwalimu 2005, pp. 656.
  3. ^ Okurounmu 2010, pp. 107.
  4. ^ Poindexter & Meraz 2008, pp. 220ff.
  5. ^ "Nigeria: Smartphone Penetration Hits 30 Percent in Nigeria". 8 July 2016. Archived from the original on 9 July 2016. Retrieved 21 March 2020.
  6. ^ "Countries:Nigeria:News". Stanford University. Archived from the original on 4 November 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2011.
  7. ^ "Nigeria News, Nigeria Politics, Breaking News - THEWILL". 2 December 2020. Retrieved 26 May 2021.


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