This Day

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This Day 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.[1] Founded by Nduka Obaigbena, the Chairman & Editor-in-Chief of the This Day Media Group and ARISE News Channel.

TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Nduka Obaigbena
PublisherLeaders & Company
Circulation100,000 Daily

As of 2005, it has a circulation of 100,000 copies and an annual turnover of some $35 million (US).[citation needed] It has two printing plants, in Lagos and Abuja. The publishers of the newspaper are the This Day Newspapers Ltd., a company that was noted for its early investment in colour printing, giving the paper a distinctive edge among the few durable national newspapers that exist in Nigeria.

This Day publisher Nduka Obaigbena has previously been criticised for late and non-payment of the paper's staff and suppliers.[2]


The headquarters of THIS DAY 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 aspirational millennials.[citation needed]

THIS DAY, named Newspaper of The Year[by whom?], 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.[1]

THIS DAY 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,[3] town hall meetings[4] 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, among others.[5]

Attacks and challengesEdit

In 2001, several THIS DAY editors survived a plane crash at the Maiduguri airport in North East Nigeria.[6][7]

In 2012, THIS DAY’s offices in the nation’s capital Abuja, and in Kaduna were attacked in suicide car bombings thought to have been carried out by terrorist group Boko Haram.[8][9]

Founder Nduka Obaigbena spent time in exile in London in 1998, before returning to Nigeria.[10]

This Day awardsEdit

The THIS DAY Awards, in which the newspaper honors leading lights of the society for sectoral performances and lifetime achievements, has become a much sought after event.[by whom?][11] The Awards have been received by statesmen including former presidents, captains of industry and exceptional individuals in various fields and all walks of life.


THIS DAY 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.[citation needed]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "About Us - thisdaylive". This Day. Retrieved 2018-04-26.
  2. ^ Jon Gambrell (10 May 2013). "Newspaper Staffers Strike Against Publisher Nduka Obaigbena In Nigeria". The Huffington Post. AP. Archived from the original on 2 March 2015. Retrieved 1 March 2015.
  3. ^ "Nigeria: Bill Clinton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tuface, At Thisday Awards 2011". Retrieved 21 November 2021.
  4. ^ "Nigeria: Thisday Townhall Meeting - Aero Contractors Now to Convey Attendees to Abuja". Retrieved 21 November 2021.
  5. ^ "Beyonce Set to Headline Nigeria's First Annual THISDAY Music Festival on October 7". Retrieved 21 November 2021.
  6. ^ "Nigeria: This Day Editors In Plane Crash". P.M. News. 24 January 2001. Retrieved 6 July 2020.[dead link]
  7. ^ Odusile, Waheed; Umar-Omale, Peter (26 January 2001). "Nigeria: Maiduguri Plane Crash: IBB, Ibori, Afenifere, Others Greet THISDAY". THISDAY. Retrieved 6 July 2020.[dead link]
  8. ^ "Nigeria's ThisDay newspaper hit by Abuja and Kaduna blasts". BBC News. 26 April 2012. Archived from the original on 26 September 2016. Retrieved 6 July 2020.
  9. ^ Eboh, Camillus; Mohammed, Garba (26 April 2012). "Suicide car bombs hit Nigerian newspaper offices". Reuters. Archived from the original on 6 July 2020. Retrieved 6 July 2020.
  10. ^ "Tributes to Olusegun Osoba and Nduka Obaigbena". THISDAY. 13 July 2019. Archived from the original on 23 August 2019. Retrieved 6 July 2020.
  11. ^ "THISDAY Awards 2020…Now Loading". THISDAYLIVE. December 1, 2020. Retrieved August 25, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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