Nigerian Newspapers – An Overview


Among nations in Africa, Nigeria ranks as the highest news consuming country in the continent and one of the highest in the world. Even with the proliferation of internet base news outlets in Nigeria, people there hanker for news from trustworthy newspapers; in fact, this thirst for reading could be the reason why newspapers in Nigeria have gained much momentum. These are the popular newspapers thriving in Nigeria.

It is in Abuja, Nigeria where the first publication of the Blueprint Newspaper was released, and, currently, its circulation is delivered in and around the federal capital territory. It used to be just a weekly publication, but switched later on to a daily publication.

The former editor of Vanguard newspaper, Frank Aigbogun founded Business Day and worked hard to make this publication as a prestigious news material, as well as the first daily business newspaper in Nigeria. With a spread out circulation throughout Nigeria, Business Day, which began its publication in 2011, has also its circulation, as the only Nigerian newspaper with a bureau in Accra, Ghana. Business Day has earned the prestige as the leading publication of up-to-date news and insightful analysis of business, policy and the economy of Nigeria.

Business Hallmark took off in March 2009 in Lagos, Nigeria and has been known as the watchdog and mouthpiece of the business community through its well-researched analysis and projections. This newspaper has a strong following, especially among Nigeria’s business communities, due to the varied information on business, policy and finance, which are also available in their website

Known for covering breaking updates and news in the following news areas, such as politics, business, sports, city news, insurance, education, agriculture and many more, Daily Trust has gained wide readership in Nigeria.

The Guardian was established by Alex Ibru, an entrepreneur, and Stanley Macebuh, a top journalist with the Daily Times newspaper in 1983 and earned the reputation as the most respected newspaper in Nigeria.

It used to be one of the most successful and locally-owned newspaper in Africa, the Daily Times, which has its headquarters in Lagos, Nigeria, was purchased by the Nigerian government in 1975 and since then experienced a decline of readership.

With a national circulation in Nigeria, the Nigerian Compass also has weekday and weekend editions which cover current news, business, politics, and sports. The newspaper is subsequently published as a free national newspaper in Nigeria by the newly registered Compass Free Paper Limited which is owned by Segun Oyebolu.

The Daily Champion is an English language newspaper in Nigeria, published in Lagos, and covers a wide variety of news from nigeria, sports, business and community events.

Owned by James Bamisaye, the Daily Post is a premium online newspaper which covers current events in Nigeria and the other African countries, with its first print which was launched in March 2015 in Lagos and Abuja.

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