Famous Journalists from Nigeria

List of notable or famous journalists from Nigeria, with bios and photos, including the top journalists born in Nigeria and even some popular journalists who immigrated to Nigeria. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Nigerian journalists then this list is the perfect resource for you. These journalists are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known journalist from Nigeria is included when available.

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  • Chief Anthony Eromosele Enahoro (22 July 1923 – 15 December 2010) was one of Nigeria's foremost anti-colonial and pro-democracy activists. He was born the eldest of twelve children in Uromi in the present Edo State of Nigeria. His Esan parents were Anastasius Okotako Enahoro (1900-1968) and Fidelia Victoria Inibokun née Ogbidi Okojie (1906-1969). Enahoro has had a long and distinguished career in the press, politics, the civil service and the pro-democracy movement. Educated at the Government School Uromi, Government School Owo and King's College, Lagos, Enahoro became the editor of Nnamdi Azikiwe's newspaper, the Southern Nigerian Defender, Ibadan, in 1944 at the age of 21, thus becoming Nigeria's youngest editor ever. He later became the editor of Zik's Comet, Kano, 1945–49, associate editor of West African Pilot, Lagos, and editor-in-chief of Morning Star from 1950 to 1953. In 1953, Enahoro became the first to move the motion for Nigeria's independence which was eventually granted in 1960 after several political setbacks and defeats in parliament. Enahoro has been regarded by academics and many Nigerians as the "Father of Nigeria State". However, his motion for Nigeria's Independence suffered setbacks in parliament on several occasions with the northern members of parliament staging a walkout as a consequence of the motion. Notwithstanding the defeat in parliament, a popular movement was started on account of this motion and the pressure was now built up against colonialism and there was agitations for independence for Nigeria, or at least self governance. S.L. Akintola attempted to revisit the motion for Nigeria's independence in 1957 and though his motion was passed by parliament it was not acquiesced to by the British colonial authorities and it therefore failed. In August 1958, Remi Fani-Kayode revisited Enahoro's motion and the motion was again passed by parliament but its date was not approved by the British. Fani-Kayode's motion had called for independence to be granted to Nigeria on April 2, 1960. Nigeria was granted independence on October 1, 1960. In furtherance of the ever recurring Enahoro's Motion, a further motion was proposed to Parliament by Sir Tafawa Balewa in 1959 and it was passed. As a consequence of the sustained pressure, the colonial governor announced the decision of the Queen of England to grant her independence in 1960.
    • Age: Dec. at 87 (1923-2010)
    • Birthplace: Nigeria
  • Bayo Ohu
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    Bayo Ohu

    Ogunbayo Ayanlola Ohu (June 18, 1964 – September 20, 2009), known as Bayo Ohu, was a Nigerian journalist. Ohu worked as the assistant news editor for The Guardian, an independent daily newspaper published in Nigeria.Ohu was born on June 18, 1964. He attended elementary school at the Local Authority Primary School in Iseyin, Oyo State. Ohu next enrolled at Progressive Grammar School in Ado-Awaye, which he completed in 1976. He finally completed his education at The Polytechnic, Ibadan between 1988 until 1990.Ohu was hired as a reporter by The Guardian, a daily newspaper based in Lagos, in 1991. He worked for the newspaper as a state correspondent in Kastina state in northern Nigeria. Following his time in Katsina, Ohu was promoted to assistant news editor. He later returned to covering Nigerian politics for The Guardian.Ohu was shot and killed at his home in Lagos, on the morning of Sunday, September 20, 2009. Five assailants were believed to have attacked Ohu, stealing his laptop and cell phone. Police initially believed that Ohu's murder was part of a robbery, though Ohu's work at The Guardian is now the suspected motive for his killing. The Nigeria Union of Journalists condemned Ohu's murder as a "targeted murder" and not a robbery.
    • Age: Dec. at 45 (1964-2009)
  • Chris Anyanwu
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    Christiana "Chris" Anyanwu MFR (born 28 October 1951) is a Nigerian journalist, publisher, author, and politician. She was imprisoned from 1995 to 1998 for treason after reporting on a failed coup d'état against the government of Sani Abacha, and won several international journalism prizes during her confinement, including the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize. Believing that she could make more of an impact in politics than in journalism, Anyanwu ran for office and was elected Senator for the Imo East (Owerri) constituency in 2007.
    • Age: 71
    • Birthplace: Mbaise
  • Christine Chika Moses
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    Christine Chika Moses

    Christine Chika Moses is a journalist from Nigeria. She studied Television Production at Columbia College Chicago and acquired her Masters in Journalism from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
  • Dele Giwa (16 March 1947 – 19 October 1986) was a Nigerian journalist, editor and founder of Newswatch magazine.
    • Age: Dec. at 39 (1947-1986)
  • Dele Olojede
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    Dele Olojede (born 1961) is a Nigerian journalist and former foreign editor for Newsday. He is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his work covering the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide. He serves on the board of EARTH University, in Costa Rica, and he is a patron of the Etisalat Prize for Literature.
    • Age: 62
    • Birthplace: Ife, Nigeria