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Newspapers: Top 10 National Dailies in Nigeria

Newspapers constitute a major pillar in the media landscape of any nation. In Nigeria, newspapers play crucial roles in ensuring good governance and sanity in the society. The advent of the internet has facilitated the expansion of audience base and reach of daily newspapers in Nigeria. Most newspapers today have hard copies and online versions making them powerful communication tools. Here is a list of most widely read daily newspapers in Nigeria (published in


Top 10 Daily Newspapers in Nigeria

  1. Leadership

Leadership Newspaper is a national daily newspaper published by the leadership group. The newspaper is published in Abuja; their reports are usually verified pieces of gathered information. They were awarded newspaper of the year in 2009.

  1. National Mirror

Billionaire lawyer and businessman, barrister Jimoh Ibrahim (OFR) is the owner of the National Mirror. It has a decentralized system of printing, and they have three different publishing offices in Nigeria, printing newspapers simultaneously.

  1. The Guardian

Guardian is one of the major and most popular Nigerian Dailies. Their motto is: Conscience, nurtured by truth. They give up-to-date and very accurate information on happening in and out of Nigeria. The guardian is said to be the most “respected” Nigerian newspaper and is read by a lot notable personalities in the country.

  1. Sun News (Online)

The Sun news began publication in January 2003 as a weekly tabloid before commencing full operation as one of Nigeria’s dailies in June of the same year. Soccerstar, one of Nigeria’s most read sports newspaper merged with the Sun News in 2005, expanding its reader base.

  1. Nigeria Tribune

The Nigerian Tribune newspaper is one of the oldest newspapers in the country. It was established in 1949 by Chief Obafemi Awolowo and it is one of the newspapers that do not promote propaganda and point evasion. Nigerian Tribune says it as it is, and it aims to be the number go-to newspaper for the most credible news.

  1. Sahara News (Online)

Sahara reporters is one of the most widely read newspapers in Nigeria. It is a coming together of the bluntest and no-nonsense journalists, reporters, and writers. Sahara reporters cover news from both in and out of the country and they are known for their say-it-as-it-is mode of news reporting.

  1. This Day Live

“THISDAY” was established in 1995 and they made a name for themselves via political and business reporting. In the same 1995, it won the Newspaper of the Year Award. This Day set a record in 1997 by becoming the first Nigerian newspaper to print in full colour paper. It is still a preferred newspaper choice amongst the big figures in the society.

  1. The Nation (Online)

The Nation is known for its verified and dependable information dissemination. It is one of the most read newspapers both online and offline. The Nations’ head office is in Lagos and they are known to publish ‘news that cannot be bought’.

  1. The Punch

The Punch newspaper was founded by James Aboderin and Sam Amuka (a columnist on Daily Time). They have a wide range of topics covering categories like Politics, Sports, International News, Auto News, Business reports and so on. The Punch is the second most read newspaper in Nigeria, with over 80,000 copies circulated nationwide on a daily basis.

  1. Vanguard

Vanguard started as a weekly tabloid on June 3rd, 1984 and on July 15, 1984, it became a national daily. Vanguard is arguably the most circulated newspaper today, with over 120,000 copies published on a daily basis, with over 20,000 copies purchased in Lagos state alone. Their reports are also some of the most dependable ones in Nigeria.

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The Author

Chinenye Nwabueze

He is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mass Communication, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, COOU, (formerly Anambra State University), Igbariam Campus.

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