Millions of Nigerians both home and abroad looks up to Nigerian Newspapers and Online News Portals everyday in search of the latest news about the state of the nation. Expecting these papers to deliver news that is factual and devoid of biased reporting. We expects high level of investigative journalism that expose public and private scandals.
While few are performing very well in their duty of providing responsible journalism, majority are simply not doing well enough. Most of these newspapers have been bough over by corrupt governments in power while some are outright establishments of corrupt officials in past and present governments in Nigeria.
It is so sad to note that many atrocities happens in Nigeria without being reported, not because the newspapers are not aware of it but because they have been bought over or are being intimidated not to say a thing.
Using terms such as “preserving our nascent democracy” “avoid heating up the polity” and other stupid expressions to suppress news is what Nigerian government is well known for, which has contributed to the inefficiency of the Nigerian newspapers and other media.
Do you know all the Nigerian Newspapers and their website? Here you have it – the comprehensive list of major Nigerian Newspapers and their Online news websites and how we rate them.
Blueprint Newspaper – Blueprint is a regional daily newspaper in Nigeria published in Abuja and distributed in and around the federal capital territory. There is no much to be said about this newspaper since they where just founded in 2011. But mimicking MSN website design shows high level of imitation and follow follow they may probably be.
Business Day – This newspaper is published by former Vanguard editor Frank Aigbogun. It is circulated throughout Nigeria and Ghana and is known by many as the first business only newspaper in Nigeria. Great news website, rich with business data and resources!
Business Hallmark – This is a Nigerian business newspaper that debuted in march 1009. It is published by Prince Emeka Obasi and has it’s website on BizHallmark.com. We currently have no positive nor negative comment about this newspaper but below is what I was the last time I tried to visit the site.
This is an error 509 message indicating that the website is on share host with very limited resources. And for a news website to be on a shared host is evidence of non readiness in business. Mediocre at it’s best!
Compass – The Compass is widely circulated in Nigeria, especially the western region where the owner comes from. It is owned by Gbenga Daniel, Governor of Ogun State from May 2003 to May 2011. In June 2009 the newspaper named Daniel the most outstanding governor in education in the country. The award to the paper’s owner publisher drew both criticism and ridicule.
I was hit with database misconfiguration when I attempted to open the site on September 15th 2013. When it finally opened, what I saw was a less than average newspaper website that summed everything up – poor!
Daily Champion – This Newspaper is owned and published by a politician from Imo State Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu. His company constructed the only major road that leads to my village. A road that destroys brand new vehicle tires within weeks. Unarguably the worst poorly constructed load the world has ever seen.
Champion newspaper is based in Lagos but has become the major newspaper for people of the eastern region of the country. It’s website is one of the poorest news website I’ve ever seen with what could pass as the worst SEO in history of the internet.
Daily Times – The Daily Times is one of the oldest newspaper in Nigeria and was once the most successful business in Africa of Africa origin. There was a time this paper reached over 400,000 daily circulation in Nigeria and probably the finest news media ever come out of Nigeria.
However, all that have since been lost due to Government taking over and mismanaging the company in the mid 1970s. The newspaper website is on DailyTimes.com.ng and is currenly owned by Fidelis Anosike‘s Folio Communications.
Daily Trust – This newspaper dominates in the north where it controls 40% of the market sharing, placing them among the top 10 newspapers in Nigeria in terms of adverts revenue. Daily Trust is headed by Kabiru Abdullahi Yusuf, a former senor lecturer with The Usman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto and former columnist with the BBC Africa.
Daily Times is probably the only Nigerian Newspaper that is leveraging it’s brand equity on the internet by having it’s exact name on a top level domain name – DailyTrust.com. Unlike others that goes with names such as brabrabraOnlineNew.com, brabrabraNG.com, etc. However, they still get it wrong by having the .com redirect to .info instead of the other way round.
Daily Post – This is one Nigerian online newspaper that is making waving, clearly proving that the future of Nigerian Journalism is on the internet. Have one of the best organized news website in Nigeria and is really going strong.
Guardian Newspaper – Guardian was founded in 1983 by Alex Ibru and Stanley Macebuh. It is one of the most respected newspaper in Nigeria and has one of the widest circulation across the country. The Internet version is on NGRGuardianNews.com – a terrible domain name and badly put together news website.
Independent – The Daily Independence is owned by former governor of Delta State James Ibori who is now in UK prison for convicted fraud and money laundry. It was formerly known as Diet Newspaper before it was relaunched in 1999 but has failed to live up to anything. Last time I visited the site, it was showing a mobile theme that looked funny.
Leadership – In December 2009, the Nigerian Union of Journalists named Leadership “Newspaper of the Year”. On July 17, 2013, the Leadership reprinted the writer Shai Afsai’s photographs and first-person article “Igbo Jews of Nigeria Strive to Study and Practice” under the title “Igbo-Jews Of Nigeria Study And Practise Judaism,” citing the Leadership’s Igho Oyoyo as its author.
After being threatened with legal action by the New English Review’s editor, the Leadership issued an apology for the plagiarism and a corrected byline, ten days later.
Keeping close to the happenings in and outside our environment is very important and one of the means by which we achieve that is through the Newspapers. Like any other country, Nigeria has a good number of Newspapers that covers issues such as politics, entertainment, fashion, business, technology, etc.
We are continuing the short analysis of these newspapers. If you have missed the previous list of Nigerian Newspapers, you can find it here. To continue from where we stopped, below are the remaining list of Newspapers in Nigeria and where to locate them online,
The Nation – This is a daily newspaper that also base in Lagos. According to a 2009 survey it was the second most read newspaper in Nigeria. The paper’s website says it stands for Freedom, Justice and the Market Economy. Its target audience is the business and political elite, the affluent, the educated and the upwardly mobile.
The Nation has printing plants in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt. The newspaper covers business and economy, public policies, the democratic process and institutions of democracy, sports, arts and culture.
In April 2010 Edo Ugbagwu, a reporter who covered court cases for The Nation, was killed by gunmen. The reason was not known but not hard to imagine. Good website but terrible domain name – thenationonlineng.net
National Mirror – The National Mirror was founded by Prince Emeka Obasi in 2006. Editions include the Daily Mirror, Saturday Mirror and Sunday Mirror. In August 2008 Barrister Jimoh Ibrahim acquired 100% of the shares of the National Mirror.
On 5 May 2010 Global Media Mirror Limited, publishers of National Mirror, took over Newswatch Communications Limited, publishers of Newswatch weekly news magazine.
Next Newspaper – This Newspaper seems to be be in problem right now. They have stopped printing and when I checked the website 234Next.com it was unavailable. I went further to check the domain name and it is currently pending delete! Massive problem if you ask me.
Next is published by Timbuktu Media group, which was founded by Pulitzer Prize winning writer Dele Olojede in 2004. The group is based in Lagos, Nigeria and South Africa and is involved in publishing, printing and broadcasting.
Other Timbuktu Media publications are NEXT on Sunday, Elan (a fashion glossy), X2 and the website 234NEXT.com. Olojede is a former staffer on New York’s Newsday who won a Pulitzer prize for a report on the Rwandan genocide. He was a co-founder of the Nigerian Newswatch magazine in the mid-1980s.
Nigerian Observer – This is one o the few newspapers that is based outside Lagos. Nigerian Observer is published in Benin City, Edo State. In 1973, a correspondent for the Nigerian Observer wrote an article about an impending teacher’s strike in Rivers State, which was published on the Governor Alfred Diete-Spiff’s birthday.
Taking this as a deliberate insult, Diete-Spiff’s aide Ralph Iwowari had the reporter’s head publicly shaved and had him beaten with 24 lashes of a cane. At that time the Nigerian Observer was owned by Bendel State, the predecessor of Edo State. The Rivers State newspaper the Nigerian Tide did not mention the conflict with the teachers.
Nigerian Tribune – Published in Ibadan and founded by Obafemi Awolowo. In the colonial era, the newspaper served as the mouthpiece for Awolowo’s populist welfare programs. It also played an important role in defending the interests of the Yoruba people in a period when different ethnic groups were struggling for ascendancy.
From independence in 1960 until the 1990s most publications were government-owned, but private papers such as the Nigerian Tribune, The Punch, Vanguard and the Guardian continued to expose public and private scandals despite government attempts at suppression.
General Ibrahim Babangida once said that of all the Nigerian newspapers he would only read and take seriously the Nigerian Tribune’s editorial column
Osun Defender – The Osun Defender is a privately owned tabloid newspaper that publishes news about Osun State, Nigeria, as well as national and other news. It is published by Moremi Publishing House Ltd, of Osogbo, Osun State. Kola Olabisi is the managing editor. The Osun Defender claims to have the sixth most visited newspaper website in Nigeria. The newspaper has traditionally been the voice of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) political party.
During the April 2007 elections, an attempt was made to assassinate Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola, the ACN candidate for governor. Kola Olabisi, editor of the Osun Defender, almost died when a bullet passed through his dress without harming him. On 14 May 2007 the newspaper published a story with title “Osun Police Arrest 764 Over Election Protest”, discussing a news conference by activist Amitolu Shittu where he discussed the trial of demonstrators protesting what they said was rigging of the 14 April presidential election.
Shittu accused the Judge of releasing demonstrators in return for bribes. The judge promptly issued arrest warrants for Shittu, the reporter who wrote the article and managing editor Kola Olabisi, all of whom went into hiding
P.M. News – P.M. News is a daily newspaper published in Lagos, Nigeria by the Independent Communications Network Limited (ICNL). The company also publishes the weekly TheNEWS magazine and Tempo, a tabloid.
The News was founded in 1993 by Bayo Onanuga, Babafemi Ojudu and other former staff from the African Concord who had resigned in protest over a request by M.K.O. Abiola, the publisher, to apologise to President Ibrahim Babangida over a critical story about the military regime. Ojudu was the first Managing Editor.
After harassment by the Ibrahim Babangida regime, there was a brief period of press freedom under General Sani Abacha during which P.M. News was launched in August 1994 as a breezy afternoon paper strongly oriented towards news but also covering fashions, sports and entertainment
Peoples Daily – This Nigerian newspaper has a conflicting name with another newspaper in China. Peoples Daily is a newspaper in Nigeria. It was launched as a weekly in November 2008, and became a daily in November 2009. The Peoples Daily was formally presented at a ceremony in Abuja in March 2010. Chairman of the Board of Directors is Malam Wada Abdullahi Maida. At the ceremony, Malam Ismaila Isa made it clear that, despite rumour, Peoples Daily was not owned by former Vice President Atiku Abubakar. The company was owned by over 40 media professionals.
In December 2009 agents of the State Security Service arrested the paper’s editor, Malam Ahmed Shekarau, apparently due to a report on the health of ailing President Umaru Yar’Adua
Port Harcourt Telegraph – This paper is published by Prince Ogbonna Nwuke. It was established in 1999 and circulate throughout Niger Delta Region. The website address PHCTelegraphNews.com is currently a parked domain name.