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Top 5 Newspapers In Nigeria

Printing profession in Nigeria can be traced as far back as the 19th Century when the Christian Missionaries led by Mr. Hope Waddel and Mr. Samuel Eagerly at Calabar, Nigeria established the Hope Waddel Press in 1846 for mass reproduction of religious tra

By Samuel

Today I'll be listing the top five widely read newspapers in Nigeria and some little details about them. Please note that the list is subjective, and are in no particular order.

Top 5 Newspapers in Nigeria
1. Punch
The Punch is the most widely read newspaper in Nigeria. The Punch newspaper was founded by two friends, James Aboderin, an accountant and Sam Amuka, a columnist and editor at the Daily Times. Sam Amuka became the first editor of the Sunday Punch. In November 1976, a few years after the first print of its Sunday edition, the duo started printing their trademark daily newspaper. Both editions were designed to favor a friendlier apolitical approach to news reporting, combining footages of social events with everyday political news. The paper sustains itself by delving into broad issues that interest myriad people

2. The Sun (Nigeria)
The Daily Sun is a Nigerian daily print newspaper founded and published in Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria. As of 2011 The Sun had a daily print run of 130,000 copies, and 135,000 for weekend titles, with an average of 80% sales. This made The Sun the highest selling newspaper in Nigeria.

The Daily Sun was incorporated on 29 March 2001. It started production as a weekly on 18 January 2003, and as a daily on 16 June 2003. The target audience is young adults in the 18 –45 years age bracket and in the B and C social economic class. The paper is similar in format to the popular Sun newspaper of the United Kingdom.

3. The Guardian
The Guardian is an independent daily newspaper published in Lagos, Nigeria, by Guardian Newspapers Limited. The Guardian has been described as "Nigeria's most respected newspaper".

The Guardian was established in 1983 by Alex Ibru, an entrepreneur, and Stanley Macebuh, a top journalist with the Daily Times newspapers. The Guardian was a pioneer in introducing high-quality journalism to Nigeria with thoughtful editorial content. The paper was first published on 22 February 1983 as a weekly, appearing on Sundays. It started daily publication on 4 July 1983. Two reporters of the paper, Tunde Thompson and Nduka Irabor were both victims of the popular Decree No. 4 of 1984.

4. Daily Times Newspaper
This list won't be complete without mentioning Daily Times Newspaper.

The Dailytimes Nigeria was incorporated on 6 June 1925 by Richard Barrow, Adeyemo Alakija and others. At its peak, in the 1970s, it was one of the most successful locally owned businesses in Africa. The paper went into decline after it was purchased by the government in 1975. What was left was sold to a private investor in 2004. Operations were suspended in 2007. As of April 2011 the fate of the paper was uncertain, being the subject of various lawsuits.

5. The Vanguard
The Vanguard is a daily newspaper published by Vanguard Media, based in Lagos, Nigeria. Vanguard Media was established in 1983 by veteran journalist Sam Amuka-Pemu with three friends. The paper has an online edition. The newspaper is one of the few in Nigeria that is considered independent of political control, the others being Thisday, The Punch, and The Guardian. In June 1990, the paper was briefly suspended by Col. Raji Rasaki, Military Governor of Lagos State. In December 2008 the US-based Pointblanknews.com 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. In December 2009, a Niger Delta peace activist commended Vanguard Newspapers for its reporting on the government's intentions, which he said helped persuade the militants to accept amnesty.


Reference: Wikipedia.com
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