Nigeria is always on the news: if not for kidnapping, then it is bribery and corruption but recently Nigeria was on the news for wining the African Cup of nations once again and it was a moment of jubilation for one of the most diverse countries with quite a large pool of talents. How do you stay updated on Nigerian news since the era of waking up in the morning to see a printed copy of Nigerian newspaper right in front of your house has passed? Internet! The internet has provided a very easy to reach platform where you will get all the latest news in Nigeria from Nigerian newspapers. Just like Nigerian Nollywood movies are available online, most Nigerian newspapers have established their presence on the internet where you can access the exact newspaper that is sold on the streets for free and not just that, you are first to get the news if you are a frequent visitor. Answers Africa brings you the best 10 most visited newspaper websites in Nigeria.
10 Most Popular Nigerian Newspapers Online
10. Leadership Newspapers
Leadership newspaper is one of the many Nigerian newspapers that are published daily. It is a national newspaper published by Leadership Newspaper Group, based in Abuja, Nigeria whose purpose is to stand up for good governance, defend the interests of the Nigerian state even against its leaders for a good cause. Leadership newspaper was awarded the “Newspaper of the Year” in 2009 and has continued to uphold the values on which it was formed.
9. National Mirror Newspaper National Mirror was acquired in 2008 by the billionaire lawyer and business man, Barrister Jimoh Ibrahim (OFR). It is one of the very few newspapers in Nigeria with a decentralized printing system. National mirror is printed simultaneous in three of the plants located at 3 of the 6 geopolitical zones in Nigeria. Click on this link to access the National Mirror newspaper online
8. The Guardian Newspaper
Guardian Newspaper is one of the major Nigerian dailies. Going with the slogan: Conscience, nurtured by truth, Guardian Nigeria newspaper reports up to date information in many Nigerian news categories including business and politics, Saturday and Sunday magazines.
The Nigeria Guardian Newspaper is trusted when it comes to conservative news reporting. The news medium launched an online portal to reach a wider audience with frequent update of digital news in newsworthy events across the country. It has been said that the Guardian is the most “respected” Nigerian Newspaper and is read by mostly the elites.
7. Nigeria Tribune Newspaper
The Nigerian Tribune newspaper was established in 1949 and is the oldest surviving private newspaper in Nigeria. it was started by Chief Obafemi Awolowo with the interest of catering for the interest of the common people. nigerian Tribune is one of the most credible mouth-piece of the teeming Nigerian masses. The Nigerian Tribune aims to remain the best newspaper with unassailable quality of value-added service in news gathering and information dissemination to every Nigerian.
6. This Day Live Newspaper
THISDAY newspaper as it is popularly called was established in 1995. On hitting the news stand on the 22nd January of that year, It carved out its market share especially in business and political reporting. This is acknowledged by the fact that within the first years of its publication, THISDAY won the Newspaper of the Year Award and for three consecutive years. THISDAY became a pace setter in 1997 when it became the first Nigerian newspaper to introduce full colour paper printing. THISDAY newspaper still remains one of the preferred newspaper among the business, political and diplomatic elite in Nigeria with one of the widest coverage in Nigeria.
5. Sun News Online
Sun News is owned and published by the Sun Publishing Limited which commenced its activities in January, 2003 as a weekly tabloid. In June, 2003, the newspaper became a daily publication. The Soccer star which is currently one of the readily available and affordable sports tabloid in Nigeria joined the Sun News in 2005. With more than 42 branches across the country, Sun News is one of the most widely read newspapers in Nigeria. This good reputation is also translated online where is comes in as one of the top 10 most popular Newspapers in Nigeria. Sun News Online is available on the internet at this link
4. Sahara Reporters
Sahara Reporters is one of the most unique online newspapers in Nigeria. It is a community of international reporters and social advocates who are dedicated to bringing you commentaries, features, news reports from a Nigerian-African perspective. Sahara Reporters believe that “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers”. It is a unique organization, founded in the spirit of Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, comprising of ordinary people with an overriding commitment to seeking the truth and publishing it without fear or favor. It is known for its fearless anad uncompromising news reporting and this has made it one of the most popular Nigerian Newspapers.
3. The Nation Online Newspaper
The Nation is one of Nigeria’s favourite newspapers. The online version of the news media is available as The Nation Online. With head office at Nigeria’s commercial capital, The Nation is a quality, national, newspaper with credible and dependable information that is not beholden to any interest group and whose loyalty is to the nation. It aims to provide the general public with information they need to be free and self-governing in a democratic society.
2. The Punch Newspaper
The Punch is a Nigerian daily newspaper. It is the second largest newspaper in the country in terms of circulation, with more than 80,000 copies published daily.
The Punch newspaper was founded by two friends, James Aboderin, an accountant and Sam Amuka, a columnist and editor at the Daily Time. The paper sustains itself by delving into broad issues that interests a myriad of people. The Punch later faced challenges ignited by political interested. During the authoritarian military rule in Nigeria, the Editor in Chief was detained for 54 days and the publishing house was closed down however, they have waxed stronger and today is one of the most Favorited of Nigerian Newspapers and is available on the internet as The Punch.
1. Vanguard Newspaper
The maiden copy of Vanguard was introduced to the news stands as a weekly on Sunday June 3rd, 1984 and on July 15, 1984, it became a daily newspaper that aims to serve the people through unflinching commitment to free enterprise, the rule of law and good governance. Vanguard is one of the leading Newspapers in Nigeria today. Statistically, Vanguard Newspaper circulates 20,000 copies (daily) in Lagos, the nation’s business heartbeat. Others include Abuja-12,000 copies, South-West 15,000, South-South 25,000, South-East 15,000, North Central 18,000, North-East 7,500 and North-west 7,500. These total 120,000 copies with a Print Run of 130,000 copies daily. The online version of the print is available on the internet as Vanguard News