Newspaper is one of oldest and most popular media of mass communication. In Nigeria, newspaper publishing is still much alive despite increase and surge of online publishing.
There is no doubt that the new media (internet) has robbed many newspapers readership. In this age, most audience prefer to read over the screen.
The above fact has led to introduction and establishment of electronic / online platforms by most top Nigerian newspapers.
Nigerian newspapers are one of the most vibrant in Africa. The sector has meticulously and courageously performed its watchdog function since the days of colonial and military rule.
Notwithstanding, many critics has accused the Nigerian newspapers and press of cowardice for consciously giving the administration of President Buhari soft landing and friendly watchdog.
There are many newspapers in Nigeria. These numerous newspapers come in different categories and genre.
Some newspapers are regarded as national newspapers. These are those newspapers that cover the entire country. Its circulation, readership and coverage cuts across all part of Nigeria.
We also have regional newspapers. These are the ones that sets out to cover a region in Nigeria.
There are community newspapers. As the name implies, they rely heavily on coverage of a community which could be town, institution or religion community.
In this article, we will be looking at the leading newspapers in Nigeria. Here we are talking about newspapers that have a national outlook in terms of circulation, readership and coverage.
These three factors shall be our parameters for selecting the top 10 newspapers in Nigeria.
Top Newspapers In Nigeria
The first copy of vanguard newspaper came on newsstand in June 3rd,1984. It became a daily newspaper on July 15,1984.
The newspaper is out to serve the people through unflinching commitment to free enterprise, the rule of law and good governance.
Vanguard is one of most popular and widely read newspapers in Nigeria. 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. In keeping with technological advancements, vanguard also has its online platform which can be accessed at https://www.vanguardngr.com.
Publisher: Sam Amuka Pemu, a native of Delta State.
Punch Newspaper is a leading national daily newspaper in Nigeria. The newspaper made its debut in 1971.
The newspaper is set to maintain its leadership position in the media Industry. It also has an online edition.
It circulates over 80,000 copies daily. The online version can be accessed at www.punchng.com.
Publisher: Wale Aboderin.
Leadership Newspaper is one of the leading newspapers in Nigeria. It is a daily newspaper and one of the subsidiaries of leadership group.
In 2009, the newspaper won the newspaper of the year award. The headquarters of the national daily is located at Abuja.
The online version of the newspaper can be accessed at www.leadership.ng.
Publisher: Sam Nda Isaiah. A graduate of pharmacy from Obafemi Awolowo University.
Daily Sun Newspaper
The Daily Sun is a top Nigerian daily newspaper. The newspaper is published at kirikiri industrial layout Lagos.
In 2011, the newspaper was the highest selling newspaper with an average of 80% sales. The Sun became a daily newspaper on June 16, 2003.
The online version of the newspaper can be accessed at http://www.sunnewsonline.com.
Publisher: The Sun Publishing Ltd. Headed by Dr.Orji Uzor Kalu.
The Nation Newspaper
The Nation is a daily newspaper published in Lagos, Nigeria. The newspaper was adjudged second most widely read newspaper between 2009 and 2011.
The newspaper stands for freedom, justice and market Economy. The national daily was founded on July 31,2006.
The online platform of the Nation can be accessed at www.thenationonlineng.net.
Publisher: Vintage Press Limited.
The Guardian Newspaper is Nigerian most respected newspaper. The newspaper was founded in 1983 and published in Lagos Nigeria.
It is an independent daily newspaper. The online platform of the national daily can be accessed at www.guardian.ng.
Publisher: Guardian Newspapers Limited.
Thisday Newspaper is committed to defending democracy, promoting free enterprise and advancing the cause of social justice.
The Nigerian national daily newspaper began publishing on 22 January 1995 at Apapa Lagos, Nigeria.
The electronic version of the newspaper can be accessed at www.thisdaylive.com.
Publisher: Thisday Newspapers Ltd, owned by Nduka Obaigbena.
Nigeria Tribune Newspaper
Nigeria Tribune is one of the oldest surviving private newspapers, established by Obafemi Awolowo in 1949 and published at Ibadan, Oyo State.
It is a national daily newspaper. The electronic version of the newspaper can be accessed at http://www.tribuneonlineng.com.
Publisher: African Newspapers of Nigeria Ltd.
National Mirror Newspaper
National Mirror Newspaper is a daily Nigerian newspaper established by Obasi Emeka in 2006.
The newspaper was acquired by Barrister Jimoh Ibrahim in 2008. The electronic version of the newspaper can be accessed at http://www.nationalmirroronline.net/
Publisher: Global Media Mirror Limited.
Independent Nigeria Newspaper
Independent Nigeria is a Nigerian daily newspaper founded in 2001. It is regarded as the most read newspaper among business and political elites.
The electronic version of independent Nigeria can be accessed at www.independent.ng.
Publisher: Independent Newspapers Limited.