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Very many newspapers are published in Nigeria on a daily, weekly or monthly basis as print or online newspapers, or both. We will address the most popular newspapers in general i.e. online, offline or both. Below is our list of top 10 most popular Nigerian newspapers based on readership, scope and age among many other factors.

10. Leadership: The leadership newspaper is undoubtedly one of the most popular newspapers in Nigeria. This can be attributed to the fact that the newspaper is dedicated to defending the interest of Nigerians against powerful businessmen and politicians. The newspaper has won many awards the most notable being the Newspaper of the Year Award in 2009. The newspaper is owned by the leadership Newspaper Group based in Abuja. The media group was formed with an aim of promoting good governance as well as defending the interests of Nigerians. To date, the Newspaper Group still holds those very same values dearly.



Nigerian Tribune
Nigerian Punch
ThisDay Nigeria
Sun Newspaper
Nigerian World
The Guardian
Vanguard Newspaper
Daily Trust
Daily Independent
Triumph Newspaper
Sahara Reporters


9.National Mirror Newspaper: This is another popular newspaper in Nigeria. The National Mirror Newspaper is available online and offline. The newspaper is owned by Barrister Jimoh Ibrahim; a billionaire businessman and lawyer. Barrister acquired the newspaper in 2008 with the aim of transforming the paper into one of the best newspapers in Nigeria. Looking back, Barrister achieved just that. The National Mirror Newspaper is among the few Nigerian newspapers printed via a decentralized printing system. The newspaper is printed in 6 different geopolitical zones in Nigeria making the newspaper available to the people earlier than any other newspaper in Nigeria.

8.The Guardian Newspaper: The Guardian Newspaper is also among the most popular newspapers in Nigeria. The newspaper derives its popularity from many things the most notable being its scope i.e. reporting trustworthy/accurate up-to-date information on politics and business. The Guardian Newspaper is undoubtedly one of the most trusted newspapers in regards to conservative news reporting. The newspaper’s slogan is; conscience nurtured by truth.

7.Nigeria Tribune Newspaper: The Nigerian Tribune newspaper derives most of its popularity from age considering the newspaper dates back over six decades (established in 1949). The newspaper is the oldest private Nigerian newspaper. Chief Obafemi Awolowo started the newspaper with focus on the needs/interests of the common Nigerian. The newspaper is among the most credible newspapers from a Nigerian masses perspective.

6.THISDAY Newspaper: THISDAY newspaper dates back to 1995. The newspaper was first sold in Nigerian news stands on 22nd January 1995. The newspaper’s focus was on reporting business and politics. Over the years, the newspaper has won very many awards the most notable being the Newspaper of the Year Award. The newspaper is also credited for being the 1st Nigerian newspaper to use full colour paper printings. To date, THISDAY Newspaper is still one of the most popular business and politics newspaper in Nigeria.

5.Sun News: Sun News also makes it to this list for being widely read. The newspaper is published by Sun Publishing Limited. Sun News was introduced in January 2003 as a periodic tabloid. Six months latter (June 2003), the newspaper was officially converted into a daily publication. In 2005, Sun News was fused with the Soccer star; one of the most popular sports tabloids in Nigeria boosting the newspaper’s popularity immensely. The newspaper has an impeccable reputation both online and offline which is precisely why it is featured in this list.

4.Sahara Reporters: The Sahara Reporters makes it to this list for being highly rated and extremely unique. The newspaper’s content is prepared by international reporters as well as social advocates dedicated to reporting news from a Nigerian and African perspective. All stakeholders of the Sahara Reporters strongly believe in the freedom of opinion & expression which includes the freedom to express opinions without any interference. The stakeholders also believe in the right to receive and impart ideas and information through all media channels regardless of frontiers. From the above information, it’s obvious that the Sahara Reporters is among the most (if not the most) unique Nigerian newspaper. There are very few newspapers in Nigeria prepared with such commitment to seeking the truth. No wonder the newspaper is so popular.

3.The Nation Newspaper: The nation is another popular Nigerian newspaper dedicated to publishing high quality credible information which isn’t beholden to any private or public interest group. As the name suggests, the Nation Newspaper’s loyalty lies with Nigerians. The newspaper was established with the intention of providing Nigerians with information that is supposed to be free and self governing in any democratic society. The newspaper’s scope is therefore one of the main reasons why the newspaper is so popular.

2.The Punch Newspaper: The Punch Newspaper makes it to the top three spot in this list for being the most widely circulated paper in Nigeria. Although the newspaper has a strong online presence, over 80,000 copies of the Punch are published daily. The Punch was started by James Aboderin and Sam Amuka. The two were friends when they started the paper. Aboderin is an accountant while Amuka is a columnist & editor with Daily Time. The newspaper has become extremely popular because it covers a wide range of issues which interest most Nigerians. It is however worth noting that the newspaper’s popularity hasn’t come without a price. For instance, the newspaper has been targeted many times in the past by political interests during Nigeria’s authoritarian military rule. All in all, the paper has managed to become one of the oldest and most popular newspapers in Nigeria.

1.Vanguard Newspaper: The Vanguard Newspaper is undoubtedly the most popular Nigerian newspaper in regards to scope and readership. For instance, over 130,000 copies of the Vanguard are printed daily. The newspaper is also extremely popular online. The first copy of the Vanguard Newspaper was printed on 3rd June 1984. The newspaper’s intention was serving people through an unflinching commitment to good governance, free enterprise and the rule of law. Three decades later, the paper is the most popular in Nigeria statistically. Over 20,000 copies of the Vanguard are circulated daily in Lagos. The paper is also popular in many other cities in Nigeria i.e. Abuja where 12,000 copies are circulated daily. There is therefore no doubt that the Vanguard is the most popular newspaper when you look at the numbers.


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