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Iwe-Irohin, Nigeria Premier Newspaper, Back On Stand After 140 years

You may not have heard of it but whenever ‘Iwe Irohin’ is mentioned, only student of history and those in the media that fully understand its relevance.
The publication was Nigeria’s first Newspaper, founded in 1859 by a missionary
named Henry Townsend in Abeokuta, Ogun State and ran for about 8 years. Iwe Irohin was published
bi-weekly in Yoruba and English language.

It went into demise in 1867 due to colonial pressure and incessant crackdowns,
However, owing to its legacy and what it stands for, it has been resuscitated by the Nigerian Union
of Journalists (NUJ), which launched its new improved edition just last week.
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Adebayo Folorunsho-Francis is a communicator, Journalist, blogger, business coach and, of course, a prolific writer. He has Dip (Journalism) and B.A. (History & International Relations) from the Lagos State University (LASU). The self-effacing young man has worked for national, regional and local newspapers. He had worked with THISDAY covered community news for ISLAND NEWS and corresponded with P.M. NEWS (evening tabloid). Presently, he is the editor of CITYPULSE MEDIA and senior correspondent of PHARMANEWS, West Africa foremost health and pharmaceutical journal.


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