Punch Newspaper Nigeria: Some Historical Facts

  • The Punch newspaper is a news magazine outlet that was co-founded by two duos who are friends, James Aboderin, who is an accountant, and Sam Amuka who is a columnist and editor at the Daily Times of Nigeria.
  • In November 1976, Amuka became the first editor of the Sunday Punch. this happened a few years after the company prints its first  Sunday edition.
  • The friends started news printing under the trademark daily newspaper. Their reportings were friendlier apolitical approaches of news reporting which combines clips from social events entwined with everyday political events and occurrences.
  • The magazine company dabbled into broader issues that interest different classes of individuals to sustain its print.
  • Aboderin and Amuka went their separate ways due to conflicts that exhume from Political parties.
  • Aboderin got some backings from M. K. O. Abiola after he left the NPN party.
  • Owing to questionable lack of freedom of the press, The Punch Newspaper in 1990 had some of her editors imprisoned for 54 days. It grew worse than in 1993 and 1994, the company was closed down by the government of the day.
  • The Punch Nigeria newspaper was registered under the name Punch Nigeria Limited on August 8, 1970, under the Companies Act of 1968 to engage in news, magazines and other related publications as a business.
  • The company has since been serving the major functions of the mass media which include educating, entertaining and Informing Nigerians.
  • It has since grown her organizational structure by having her own Board of Directors that oversees policymaking in the company.
  • The company made her debut publication Happy Home in 1971, Happy home is a family-focused publication with Bunmi Sofola as the first editor of the magazine.
  • Two years later, precisely on Sunday, March 18, 1973, Sunday PUNCH which is the first weekly publication of the press under Editor Ajibade Fashina-Thomas was made available on the streets at places where people buy and read daily newspapers.
  • A week after the 1990 attempted coup d’état, the press was shut down for about a month and the Deputy Editor of THE PUNCH then, Chris Mammah, was put in custody for a month and 24 days.
  • In July 1993, The Federal Military Government again locked up the company, vide Decree No 48 of 1993, and also place a ban on all its publications from being circulated nationwide this is as a result of the political crisis which arose by the annulment of June 12, 1993, Presidential election.
  • On the 17th of November, the proscription order was annulled vide Decree No 115 of 1993.
  • Again on July 24, 1994, the Federal Military Government proscribed all the titles such as TOPLIFE, and other weekly magazines in a publication then and also had the then editor of THE PUNCH, Bola Bolawole detained for 72 hours in the premises of the company.
  • Punch Newspaper is family-owned and was founded in 1971/1973, it has a circulation of 80,000 and has an online media outlet at www.punchng.com
  • Punch Newspaper is arguably the most read newspaper in Nigeria today and the company prides itself in that.
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Punch Newspaper Nigeria Contact Details

  • Address: Punch House is Located at 1 Olu Aboderin Street, Onipetesi, P.M.B 21204, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria.
  • Tel: 01-4972815, 4972817, |  Fax: 01-4920215
PUNCH Online
  • Tel: 01-7613878
Saturday PUNCH
  • Tel: 01-7748080
Sunday PUNCH
  • Tel: 01-7935617, Tel/Fax 01-264517, 2647802

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