Major Newspapers in Nigeria

Newspapers constitute a strong pillar in any society, disseminating messages that inform, entertain and educate online and offline readers. Reading newspapers is one of the major daily routines of many people in Nigeria. They are still considered among the most authentic sources of information on diverse issues in the society. But knowing which newspaper to read is also essential and Nigeria has many newspapers with interesting contents. Here is a list of major newspapers in Nigeria.

 

Blueprint Newspaper: Founded in 2011, Blueprint is a regional daily newspaper in Nigeria with Abuja as its headquarters. It is distributed in and around the federal capital territory.

Business Day: Business Day Newspaper is published by former Vanguard editor Frank Aigbogun. It is referred to as the first business only newspaper in Nigeria.

Business Hallmark: First published in March 2009, Business Hallmark is a Nigerian business newspaper owned by Prince Emeka Obasi.

Compass: The Compass is published by Gbenga Daniel, Governor of Ogun State. It is widely circulated in Nigeria, especially the western region where the owner comes from.

Daily Champion: Daily Champion is owned and published by a politician from Imo State Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu. The newspaper is based in Lagos and is popular among people of the eastern region of the Nigeria.

Daily Times: The Daily Times used to be the only Federal Government owned newspaper in Nigeria. But that with the taking over of the publication by its current owner, Folio Communications owned by Fidelis Anosike. The publication’ website is on DailyTimes.com.ng.

Daily Trust: Daily Trust is headed by Kabiru Abdullahi Yusuf, a former lecturer with The Usman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto and former columnist with the BBC Africa. The publication is popular among readers in Northern Nigeria where it controls 40% of the market sharing, placing them among the top 10 newspapers in Nigeria in terms of adverts revenue.

Daily Post: Daily Post is among the leading Nigerian online newspapers and keeps growing in popularity by the day. The publication has one of the best organized news websites in Nigeria.

Guardian NewspaperThe Guardian was founded in 1983 by Alex Ibru and Stanley Macebuh. The publication is one of the newspapers in Nigeria with the widest circulation across the country.

Daily Independent : This newspaper was first published as Diet Newspaper but re-launched in 1999 The Daily Independent. It is owned by former governor of Delta State James Ibori.

Leadership: The Leadership newspaper is among the national dailies popular among Norther readers. In December 2009, the Nigerian Union of Journalists named Leadership “Newspaper of the Year”.

The Nation: The Nation is among the most read newspapers in Nigeria. It is published by former governor of Lagos State, Ahmed Bola Tinubu (….CHECK….). The Nation has dynamic and captivating contents revolving themes such as business and economy, public policies, the democratic process and institutions of democracy, sports, arts and culture. It also has a widely visited online platform, thenationonlineng.net.

National Mirror: First published in 2006, the National Mirror was founded by Prince Emeka Obasi. In August 2008 Barrister Jimoh Ibrahim acquired 100% of the shares of the National Mirror. Editions include the Daily Mirror, Saturday Mirror and Sunday Mirror. On the 5th of May 2010 Global Media Mirror Limited, publishers of National Mirror, took over Newswatch Communications Limited, publishers of News Watch  weekly news magazine.

Next Newspaper: This Newspaper 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. Timbuktu Media publications is a giant conglomerate with some other publications in its stable – 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: The Nigerian Observer is published in Benin City by its owner, Edo State government

Nigerian Tribune: The Nigerian Tribune is published in Ibadan and founded by Obafemi AwolowoIn 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.

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.

P.M. News: P.M. News was first published in August 1994 as a breezy afternoon paper strongly oriented towards news but also covering fashions, sports and entertainment. It is a daily newspaper published in Lagos, Nigeria by the Independent Communications Network Limited (ICNL). Also on the stable of the company is the weekly The NEWS magazine and a popular tabloid – Tempo. 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.

Peoples DailyPeoples Daily was launched as a weekly in November 2008, and became a daily in November 2009. Chairman of the Board of Directors is Malam Wada Abdullahi Maida. The company was owned by over 40 media professionals.

Port Harcourt Telegraph: The Port Harcourt Telegraph was first published in 1999 and is owned by Prince Ogbonna Nwuke. It is a popular newspaper in Niger Delta Region where it has very wide circulation and readership. Its website address is PHCTelegraphNews.com. 

Virtually every serious national daily in Nigeria is online. In this internet era if a newspaper cannot be assessed online it puts a question mark on its seriousness with regards to audience expansion. Here is a list of Nigerian newspapers accessed online.

  1. Vanguard
  2. The Punch
  3. The Nation
  4. The Cable
  5. This Day
  6. The Guardian
  7. Premium Times
  8. The Sun(Lagos)
  9. Daily Trust(Abuja)
  10. Nigerian Tribune
  11. Daily Post(Lagos)
  12. PM News(Lagos)
  13. Leadership Nigeria(Abuja)
  14. Naij Newspaper(Lagos)
  15. Daily Independent(Abuja & Lagos)
  16. The Sun News Online(Ismahi)
  17. New Nigerian Newspaper
  18. Next(National)
  19. Nigeria World
  20. New Telegraph(Lagos State)
  21. Nigerian Pilot(Abuja)
  22. Business day News
  23. National Mirror Newspapers(National)
  24. The Authority Newspaper(Abuja, Lagos)
  25. The Nigerian Observer(Edo State, Benin City)
  26. Daily Times(Lagos & Abuja)
  27. Complete Sports(Oyo, Ibadan, Lagos Abuja)
  28. New Telegraph(Abuja, Lagos)
  29. Blueprint(Abuja & Northern Nigeria)
  30. The Breaking Times(Lagos, Portharcourt, South East Kano & Northern Nigerian States)
  31. Osun Defender (Osun)
  32. Business News
  33. National Daily Newspaper(Lagos)
  34. The Tide(River State)
  35. Daily Mirror Nigeria
  36. The Abuja Inquirer(Abuja, Port Harcourt, Lagos, Asaba, Kaduna)
  37. Daily Post Nigeria
  38. The People’s Daily(National)
  39. Daily Newswatch
  40. National Accord(Abuja)
  41. Champion News
  42. The Abuja Voice
  43. Nigeria 24 News
  44. 36Naija(Bayelsa)
  45. Puo Reports(Aba)
  46. The Summary(Abuja)
  47. The Union(Lagos)
  48. Business A.M.
  49. Information Nigeria

 

The Author

Chinenye Nwabueze

Nwabueze is a communication researcher with several years of lecturing experience in Nigerian universities.

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