This might not mean much to most people. But for those who studied Mass Communication or any media-related course in Nigeria, I’m sure this would make sense. I remember the first time we delved into the ‘History of the Nigerian Mass Media,’ we were told that the first newspaper in Nigeria was ‘Iwe Irohin fun ara Egba ati Yoruba.’ The newspaper was founded in 1859 by Henry Townsend in Abeokuta, Ogun state. It was published bi-weekly in Yoruba and English language and ran for about 8 years before its demise in 1867.
The Nigerian Union of Journalists have decided to bring back ‘Iwe Irohin’ and launched the first edition last week after over 140 years since the last edition of the newspaper was published. As much as I welcome the idea of bringing the newspaper back (maybe in honor of the origins of Nigerian newspapers), I am led to ask what the future holds and if it is indeed ‘marketable’ in a world where everyone’s moving fast from prints to online media.
What are your thoughts?