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First Nigerian Newspaper, Iwe Irohin, Resuscitated 140 Years After It Died by babapupa: 3:36am On Dec 22, 2012
Iwe-Irohin Newspaper on the stand




Iwe Irohin, Nigeria’s first newspaper, was established by a missionary, Henry Townsend in 1859.
The first Nigerian Newspaper, known as Iwe Irohin, was on Friday resuscitated after 140 years of its demise in Abeokuta, the Ogun State Capital.

The re-launch took place at the Press Centre, with dignitaries in attendance expressing their joy over the resuscitation.

The 32-page tabloid, which is an initiative of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Ogun State Council, was reviewed by Adegoke Raufu, the Head of the Department of Mass Communication at the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta.

The newspaper is printed on pure white bond of 60 gram thickness. Eight pages of the paper are presented in full-processed colours, while the remaining 24 pages are in black and white. The news pages run in six columns, while interviews and features pages are run in four columns.

The reviewer noted that Iwe Irohin is a good attempt and a commendable effort at re-living the past, adding that it shows the dedication of journalists in Ogun State to upholding the past for the purpose of consolidating the present.

“What is now required of all of us is uniting for the future of journalism practice in Nigeria. For now, we are endangered species,” Mr. Raufu said.

In this remark, Yemisi Fadairo, the Special Assistant on Information to Ibikunle Amosun, the Ogun State Governor, called for a regular media summit, which should focus on the need for professionals to be alive to the responsibilities of taking over ownership of media establishment.

“There is need for a summit to think of how professionals can come up to set up and sustain newspapers, because politicians have hijacked newspapers,” Mr. Fadairo said. “It is not only detrimental to the journalism profession, but also to the nation and democracy.”

Mr. Fadairo noted that only few newspapers in the country are owned by journalists, lamenting that just recently, Newswatch and National Mirror, owned by journalists, were sold to a businessman.

Iwe Irohin was founded on December 3, 1859, by a missionary, Henry Townsend. It was published bi-weekly, in Yoruba and English language and ran for about eight years, specifically from 1859 to 1867.


A single edition had eight pages in total and while the Yoruba edition was sold for 120 cowries, the English edition cost a penny.

Its pages were usually divided into two columns and had no pictures.

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Re: First Nigerian Newspaper, Iwe Irohin, Resuscitated 140 Years After It Died by demmy(m): 3:39am On Dec 22, 2012
Great effort.

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Re: First Nigerian Newspaper, Iwe Irohin, Resuscitated 140 Years After It Died by donroxy(m): 4:37am On Dec 22, 2012
demmy: Great effort.

commendable!!!
Re: First Nigerian Newspaper, Iwe Irohin, Resuscitated 140 Years After It Died by seanet02: 4:46am On Dec 22, 2012
Iwe iroyin, nice one. Iwe iroyin house is at oke ilewo Abeokuta.

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Re: First Nigerian Newspaper, Iwe Irohin, Resuscitated 140 Years After It Died by Tolexander(m): 5:05am On Dec 22, 2012
a ku oriire o!
Cos the resurrection of the newspaper will have something concrete and standard to stand for its historical establishment.


Obásanjó pe gúdùlokì jònàtánì ní wèrè- Ojú ewé kìnní ìwé ìròhìn ló so béè!

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Re: First Nigerian Newspaper, Iwe Irohin, Resuscitated 140 Years After It Died by Bacteriocin(m): 5:38am On Dec 22, 2012
Bravo bravo !
Goke wa gbayi
Re: First Nigerian Newspaper, Iwe Irohin, Resuscitated 140 Years After It Died by geeez: 5:40am On Dec 22, 2012
Impressive!!!
Re: First Nigerian Newspaper, Iwe Irohin, Resuscitated 140 Years After It Died by OgbuefiNegro: 5:50am On Dec 22, 2012
Tolexander: a ku oriire o!
Cos the resurrection of the newspaper will have something concrete and standard to stand for its historical establishment.
Obásanjó pe gúdùlokì jònàtánì ní wèrè- Ojú ewé kìnní ìwé ìròhìn ló so béè!

grin cheesy grin. lol@guduloki. na wah for yoruba and enunciation. bbc hausa used to call gorbachev, "garba sheu". lol.

anyway, why is iwe irohin publishing news in english language?

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Re: First Nigerian Newspaper, Iwe Irohin, Resuscitated 140 Years After It Died by ProfCorruption: 5:55am On Dec 22, 2012
I believe the era of newspaper is gone.
Re: First Nigerian Newspaper, Iwe Irohin, Resuscitated 140 Years After It Died by Nobody: 6:07am On Dec 22, 2012
I used to pronounce irohin as iroyin.

Is it me or is it an Ekiti thi g?
Re: First Nigerian Newspaper, Iwe Irohin, Resuscitated 140 Years After It Died by Walexz02: 7:58am On Dec 22, 2012
Wao! Dir is a great news...
But, do people stil buy newspapers?
Re: First Nigerian Newspaper, Iwe Irohin, Resuscitated 140 Years After It Died by ceejayluv(m): 9:11am On Dec 22, 2012
Cool....
Re: First Nigerian Newspaper, Iwe Irohin, Resuscitated 140 Years After It Died by Nobody: 9:24am On Dec 22, 2012
I don't know what is so impressive about resurrecting a long dead newspaper from the museum.

When other offline newspapers are losing sales and everyone is going for news online. I want to see how they will thrive.

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Re: First Nigerian Newspaper, Iwe Irohin, Resuscitated 140 Years After It Died by Codedrock(m): 9:33am On Dec 22, 2012
D title's not makin just a litu sense, it has 2b changed
Re: First Nigerian Newspaper, Iwe Irohin, Resuscitated 140 Years After It Died by Afam4eva(m): 9:38am On Dec 22, 2012
I thought it was a Yoruba newspaper but i can see English content there.

Anyways, the fact that they were the first does not automatically mean that they will be patronized. They have to be up and doing to tickle people's fancy.
Re: First Nigerian Newspaper, Iwe Irohin, Resuscitated 140 Years After It Died by Aderostock: 9:50am On Dec 22, 2012
afam4eva: I thought it was a Yoruba newspaper but i can see English content there.

Anyways, the fact that they were the first does not automatically mean that they will be patronized. They have to be up and doing to tickle people's fancy.
It wasn't a yoruba newspaper but a nigerian newspaper which had a yoruba name just like everyother newspaper suchas punch which is English name. It was even named and way established by a whiteman. Please remove that gums in your eyes and see clearly, okay?
Re: First Nigerian Newspaper, Iwe Irohin, Resuscitated 140 Years After It Died by shadrach77: 9:50am On Dec 22, 2012
why would an english newspaper have a yoruba title *smh*
Re: First Nigerian Newspaper, Iwe Irohin, Resuscitated 140 Years After It Died by neversaynever(m): 9:58am On Dec 22, 2012
Aderostock:
It wasn't a yoruba newspaper but a nigerian newspaper which had a yoruba name just like everyother newspaper suchas punch which is English name. It was even named and way established by a whiteman. Please remove that gums in your eyes and see clearly, okay?

Sounds like you have a personal vendetta against the Yoruba tribe. Nigeria's official language is 'English', not 'Yoruba'. It has a Yoruba name and started in a Yoruba state, doesn't that say something?

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Re: First Nigerian Newspaper, Iwe Irohin, Resuscitated 140 Years After It Died by nollywood20: 10:01am On Dec 22, 2012
The Yorubas have always set the pace in mass literacy and preservation of their cultural heritage.
The Igbos have a lot to learn from the Yorubas.

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Re: First Nigerian Newspaper, Iwe Irohin, Resuscitated 140 Years After It Died by Afam4eva(m): 10:07am On Dec 22, 2012
nollywood20: The Yorubas have always set the pace in mass literacy and preservation of their cultural heritage.
The Igbos have a lot to learn from the Yorubas.
We have a lot to learn from each other but not in this case because the newspaper was founded by a foreigner.

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Re: First Nigerian Newspaper, Iwe Irohin, Resuscitated 140 Years After It Died by blazingtrain: 10:08am On Dec 22, 2012
Welcome back. Hope u stay this time.
Re: First Nigerian Newspaper, Iwe Irohin, Resuscitated 140 Years After It Died by omenziate(m): 10:28am On Dec 22, 2012
This one go b paper for old people and pensioners .
Re: First Nigerian Newspaper, Iwe Irohin, Resuscitated 140 Years After It Died by fineworker(m): 10:33am On Dec 22, 2012
nollywood20: The Yorubas have always set the pace in mass literacy and preservation of their cultural heritage.
The Igbos have a lot to learn from the Yorubas.
Tribal bigot. What does igbo has to do with this topic? Rise above tribalism and sentiments. You have just proved the igbos right with their belief that we are not one.

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Re: First Nigerian Newspaper, Iwe Irohin, Resuscitated 140 Years After It Died by Hailedin9ja: 10:34am On Dec 22, 2012
140 years old. Even older than the amalgamation of Nigeria.

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Re: First Nigerian Newspaper, Iwe Irohin, Resuscitated 140 Years After It Died by Aderostock: 10:36am On Dec 22, 2012
shadrach77: why would an english newspaper have a yoruba title *smh*
Ibeere! Why would an Oyinbo CD play Igbo song? If you can answer this, I will answer yours. Shikena!

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Re: First Nigerian Newspaper, Iwe Irohin, Resuscitated 140 Years After It Died by Mustay(m): 10:36am On Dec 22, 2012
Thought it was meant to be 'iroyin'?

Or was it a penkeleemesi kinda thing?
Re: First Nigerian Newspaper, Iwe Irohin, Resuscitated 140 Years After It Died by Pain: 11:02am On Dec 22, 2012
Any website to follow?
Re: First Nigerian Newspaper, Iwe Irohin, Resuscitated 140 Years After It Died by Ikwerefistson: 11:05am On Dec 22, 2012
babapupa: Iwe-Irohin Newspaper on the stand







d fist nigerian paper publishd by a british man.but d truly fist nigerian paper publishd by a nigerian is rt hon dr nnamdi azikiwes west afrikan pilot
Re: First Nigerian Newspaper, Iwe Irohin, Resuscitated 140 Years After It Died by Ikwerefistson: 11:15am On Dec 22, 2012
nollywood20: The Yorubas have always set the pace in mass literacy and preservation of their cultural heritage.
The Igbos have a lot to learn from the Yorubas.
u yorubas kan never match d historical educational records of d ibos.u pepl re jst empty barels dat make sily noisesd fist educationist in nija is an ibo man.d fist indegeous vc of uni ibadan nd unilag re ibos.d fist phd holdr in maths in d whole of west afrika is an ibo man,d fist phd holdr in physics in west afrika an ibo man.in terms of cultural heritage an ibo man told d whole world dat we hav culture nd norms b4 d white men came.4d fist tyme dy read nd watchd a film on afrikan culture all tnx 2 prof achebe an ibo man.so yarabas stop ur empty rantings

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Re: First Nigerian Newspaper, Iwe Irohin, Resuscitated 140 Years After It Died by PeterKbaba: 11:22am On Dec 22, 2012
Ikwere fist son: u yorubas kan never match d historical educational records of d ibos.u pepl re jst empty barels dat make sily noisesd fist educationist in nija is an ibo man.d fist indegeous vc of uni ibadan nd unilag re ibos.d fist phd holdr in maths in d whole of west afrika is an ibo man,d fist phd holdr in physics in west afrika an ibo man.in terms of cultural heritage an ibo man told d whole world dat we hav culture nd norms b4 d white men came.4d fist tyme dy read nd watchd a film on afrikan culture all tnx 2 prof achebe an ibo man.so yarabas stop ur empty rantings


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Re: First Nigerian Newspaper, Iwe Irohin, Resuscitated 140 Years After It Died by rodeo0070(m): 11:33am On Dec 22, 2012
Ikwere fist son: u yorubas kan never match d historical educational records of d ibos.u pepl re jst empty barels dat make sily noisesd fist educationist in nija is an ibo man.d fist indegeous vc of uni ibadan nd unilag re ibos.d fist phd holdr in maths in d whole of west afrika is an ibo man,d fist phd holdr in physics in west afrika an ibo man.in terms of cultural heritage an ibo man told d whole world dat we hav culture nd norms b4 d white men came.4d fist tyme dy read nd watchd a film on afrikan culture all tnx 2 prof achebe an ibo man.so yarabas stop ur empty rantings
No one is ranting my Brother. Its just like any other news. No one is making comparison here and anyone doing that should know better.
I hail o...

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Re: First Nigerian Newspaper, Iwe Irohin, Resuscitated 140 Years After It Died by Jesuseun01: 11:39am On Dec 22, 2012
Yoruba on point... Nice one.. At least the news paper was resurrected...[color=]Yoruba on point... Nice one.. At least the news paper was resurrected...[/color]Yoruba on point... Nice one.. At least the news paper was resurrected...

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