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THISDAY is a Nigerian national newspaper. It is the flagship newspaper of Leaders & Company Ltd and was first published on 22 January 1995. It has its headquarters in Apapa, Lagos, Lagos State. Founded by Nduka Obaigbena, the Chairman & Editor-in-Chief of the THISDAY Media Group and ARISE News Channel.
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As of 2005, it has a circulation of 100,000 copies and an annual turnover of some $35 million (US). It has two printing plants, in Lagos and Abuja. The publishers of the newspaper are the THISDAY Newspapers Ltd., a company that was noted for his early investment in colour printing, giving the paper a distinctive edge among the few durable national newspapers that exist in Nigeria.
In pursuit of Truth and Reason, the newspaper, published across all platforms - print, electronic and telephony, is committed to defending democracy, promoting free enterprise and advancing the cause of social justice; it is available on ThisDay Website
The headquarters of THISDAY is in Lagos. It also has offices and correspondents in the 36 states of Nigeria and other parts of the World, THISDAY provides a rich content in demand by the business, economic, political and diplomatic elite; middle class professionals as well as the aspirational millennials.
THISDAY’s forte has been consistently economic and political journalism; it is also strong in providing informed news and analysis in culture, the arts, sports, technology, fashion and lifestyle. Every week, the bumper edition of THISDAY on Sunday embodies a magazine, THISDAY Style, which sets the tone and tenor for the aficionados in Fashion and Style for a generation.
A trail-blazer in journalistic innovations, THISDAY, named Newspaper of The Year severally, was the first Nigerian newspaper to print in colour at a time when most newspapers and the industry were in black and white around the world. It was also one of the first to go digital in Africa.
THISDAY also creatively pioneered the idea of devoting the back page of the newspaper to informed commentaries from nationally acclaimed columnists as well as guest writers occasionally drawn from among the leading lights of public service and seasoned technocrats in the private sector.
The Newspaper Company has hosted conferences, town hall meetings and global dialogues which have seen global leaders like Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, Gerhard Schroder, John Howard , Collin Powell, Condoleezza Rice and Dominique de Villepin amongst others, attending. It has also promoted cultural events with the likes of Beyonce, Jay Z, Rihanna, Lionel Richie, Seal, Diana Ross, John Legend, Mary J Blige, Missy Elliott, Snoop Dogg, Naomi Campbell, Liya Kedebe and Alec Wek, amongst several others featuring.
Attacks and ChallengesEdit
In 2001, a THISDAY team survived a plane crash in North East Nigeria while travelling round the country to engage leading citizens and readers in dialogue.
In 2006, strategic parts of its head office was engulfed by a mysterious fire and the source of the fire has not been determined till today.
In 2011, terrorists bombed THISDAY’s office in the nation’s capital Abuja, and Kaduna, as many of its editors had been arrested in the course of the newspaper’s campaign for democracy and free speech in Nigeria.
Obaigbena had to go on exile for about a year during the military era of jackboot rule.
The company has weathered through and varied challenges in a harsh socio-economic environment, and is emerging stronger while looking towards its silver jubilee in January 2020.
The THISDAY Awards for Excellence, in which the newspaper honors leading lights of the society for sectoral performances and lifetime achievements, has become a much sought after event. The Awards have been received by statesmen including former presidents, captains of industry and exceptional individuals in various fields and all walks of life.
THISDAY has had in its employment over a thousand staffers in the editorial and non-editorial departments. Alumni are to be found among those holding leadership positions in the public and private sectors as well as the media.