Vanguard (Nigeria)

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TypeDaily newspaper
PublisherVanguard Media
Founded1983; 40 years ago (1983)

Vanguard is a daily newspaper published by Vanguard Media, based in Lagos, Nigeria. Vanguard Media was established in 1984 by veteran journalist Sam Amuka-Pemu with three friends.[1] The paper has an online edition.[2] It is one of the few newspapers in Nigeria considered independent from political control, the others being This Day, The Punch, The Sun and The Guardian.[3]

In June 1990, the paper was briefly suspended by Col. Raji Rasaki, Military Governor of Lagos State.[4]

In December 2008, the US-based published a story that alleged the wife of the publisher of Vanguard Newspapers was involved in a ritual killing. The Vanguard took the reporter to court, claiming he was attempting extortion.[5] In December 2009, a Niger Delta peace activist commended Vanguard Newspaper for its reporting on the government's intentions, which he said helped persuade the militants to accept amnesty.[6]


  1. ^ "About Us". Vanguard News. 5 February 2020. Retrieved 29 April 2022.
  2. ^ "E-editions". Vanguard News. 17 November 2015. Retrieved 29 April 2022.
  3. ^ "Is Your Web Site a Marketing Hub?". Inbound Marketing: 11–19. 5 October 2009. doi:10.1002/9781118257838.ch2.
  4. ^ "Shutting down the Press: The Practice of Newspaper Closure & Proscription in Nigeria" (PDF). Media Rights Agenda. 11 June 1995. Retrieved 18 December 2009.
  5. ^ "Moral, Legal and Press War between Nigerian Vanguard Newspaper and US-based Goliath vs. David". Africans In America News Watch. 30 March 2009. Archived from the original on 15 June 2009.
  6. ^ Amaize, Emma (9 December 2009). "Amnesty - Activist Lauds Vanguard, Uduaghan, Sylva". Vanguard. AllAfrica. Retrieved 18 December 2009.