History of print media in Nigeria

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  • Caleb, untill recent, the massmedia has been subjective not now that they are biased in the dissemination of information to Nigerians. Power has been a problem and fear which has never been in existence is creeping in into the media houses. Dino Melaye, a former Rep member suffers attack alot because he tries no be honest..... the fight that the media houses had in the past is a grim the shadows are gone and the real them in suffering is now seen
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  • Iysobi, U're right, the mass media along with eminnent Nigerians suffered the attack of the military but it is worth it now when we read and think back
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  • Nigerian independence was fought for and won on the pages of newspapers,this very powerful statement shows that the print media played a vital role in nigerian independence.The print media in Nigeria has grown from strength to strength,it even survived the onslaught by the military government during the military regime,since the establishment of the very 1st paper by Rev Henry Townsend,now there are various established daily publishing Nigerian newspapers.
    Okereke Emmanuel Obinna,Mass Communication Dept,Caleb University lagos,Nigeria
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  • The Nigerian Mass Media also know as the Nigerian Press has indeed come a long way, all the way from 1859 with the establishment of Iwe Irohin by Rev. Henry Townsend till date. The Nigerian Press started from the print media i.e with the establishment of Iwe irohin by the missionaries in abeokuta around 1859, along the way other forms of Media has also been added such as radio,television,new media etc which are the most popular forms of media in Nigeria today. The Print Media is referred to as the father of all because it beget all others and was the pioneer of The Nigerian Mass Media. It was also the print media through Dr. Nnamdi Azikwe the publisher of The 'West African Pilot ' Newspaper in 1937 that contributed to the independence of Nigeria in 1960. Right from 1859 till date, the Nigerian Mass Media as done a good job with the form of Newspapers. As at Today ,Nigeria has various Newspapers ranging from The Punch, Vanguard, Tribune, Compass, The Sun etc. Not only that, many indigenous Nigerian Languages like Yoruba,Igbo,Hausa.Efik,Ibibio and so on are all been published in the Nigerian Press. This is Aroloye Oluwaseyi Paul from Caleb University, Imota, Lagos State.
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History of print media in Nigeria

  1. 1. OYELAMI TEMITOPE OLAOLUWAQUESTION: - History of the Print Media in NigeriaThe history of print media in Nigeria goes as far back as the 1840s when theEuropean missionaries established community newspapers to propagate Christianity. This initiative latergave rise to the establishment of newspaper outfits likes of Dr. Nnamdi Azikwe in 1937; title “WestAfrican Pilot”, Azikwe’s paper pioneered a general protest against attainment of independence in 1960.The New Nigeria Newspaper Limited, with its head office along Ahmadu Bello way Kaduna, wasestablished by the then government of the northern region on 23 rd October 1964. The first copy of thepaper was issued on 1st January 1966. Its initial name was Northern Nigerian Newspapers Limited, butwhen states were created it was changed to New Nigeria Newspaper Limited up till today.Before the establishment of NNN, The Northern Nigeria Government had established a HausaNewspaper in Zaria called Gaskiya Ta Fi Kwabo in 1965. In March 1973, the company set up the southernplant alongside the one in kaduna. They simultaneously printed newspapers which enhanced the widespread of newspaper in Kaduna and Lagos.As at today, Nigeria has various newspapers ranging from the Nigerian Tribune – established 16 thNovember, 1949. The Punch, The Vanguard, The Pilot, The Sun, The Weed Kay, This Day, etc. at present,Nigeria have a number of language papers ranging from Yoruba, Hausa, Igbo, Itsekiri and so on.

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