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The Internet has changed our lives in many ways and there are few aspects of life where this is more apparent than how we get the news and other bits of information we consider important. Nigerian websites in the last 15 years have really come of age and it is fair to say that the society and culture is affected by a few websites.
We present to you our selection of the Top 10 Most Influential Websites in Nigeria in descending order.
This celebrity and lifestyle portal launched in 2006 is probably the first Nigerian blog to achieve commercial success and has managed to carve a niche for itself covering some of the biggest weddings in the country. In a country where ‘owambe’ is the in-thing, BellaNaija has helped take the glamour of weddings to the next level and inspired millions of bloggers directly or indirectly. Even Linda Ikeji Nigeria’s most successful blogger is quick to admit that she was inspired to start blogging by BellaNaija.
Pulse is one of the leading news and entertainment websites in Nigeria with a heavy focus on youths and pop culture. It also has Pulse TV, which is an online channel through which it shares interviews with celebrities, vox pop and features. Owned by Ringier Nigeria Limited, it is definitely has a strong following and influence in Nigeria.
Premium Times is a leading online newspaper that is well-known for quality reportage and breaking news. It is perhaps the most respected exclusively online newspaper in Nigeria. In the 6 years it has existed, it has broken some of the biggest political news in Nigeria and many are quick to refer to it when they want to confirm if a piece of news is true.
Naijaloaded has changed address and format after some years but it is still a powerful source of information for youths in particular and Musicians tend to see it as a great platform to promote their Music. It used to be more like a forum but now operates as a blog. Still, its following is very loyal and it is still going strong despite some challenges related to cyber-attacks. The platform is owned by Makinde Azeez.
This is the online version of one of Nigeria’s most popular and iconic newspapers. It benefits from the authoritative position the paper has and people have simply followed the paper online. The website has the potential to be a lot more popular though. It will require some more creativity from the management to get its news to more people via more Internet and social media channels.
Like Punch, Vanguard is a big newspaper. However, it is definitely the most popular online newspaper in Nigeria and has detailed news on almost every major happening in Nigeria. With millions of hits every month, it is a strong brand for news in Nigeria.
Controversial online platform Sahara Reporters has over the years exposed many scandals especially related to corruption by politicians and government officials. It has been accused many times of being not-so-factual with its reportage, even getting sued for this. However, there is no doubt that it has emerged as a leading platform for breaking exclusive news.
Nigeria’s first superstar blogger has literally inspired millions with her success and the true testament to her status is the number of blogs that copy her posts every day, seeing whatever she reports or blogs about as the ‘holy grail’ for getting traffic. She has made lots of enemies too, leading to the shutdown of her blog in the past but she bounced back strongly and is now looking to build her own media empire after becoming a naira billionaire blogger.
Owned by the reclusive Seun Osewa, Nairaland is Nigeria’s largest online forum which covers almost every topic you can think-off, politics, romance, investment, family discussions and lots more. Sadly, it seems to have been overtaken by tribal bigots thereby reducing the quality of discussions on the platform. However, it is definitely the best place to learn about Nigeria and Nigerians if you can sieve through the expletives.
Naij has leveraged on social media and technology like no other Nigerian website, with over a million downloads of its app at the Google Play store and a very creative and persistent content promotion strategy it has dethroned Nairaland in recent years as Nigeria’s top website and ensures that even the not-too-eager follower of news in Nigeria is informed of happenings.
So, there you have it, are there any websites you think should have made our list? Let us know by dropping a comment. We look forward to reading from you?