Alex Ibru (1 March 1945- 20 November 2011), a born Nigerian entrepreneur founded The Guardian print Newspaper in the year 1983.
He served as Minister of Internal Affairs from 1993-1995 under General Sani Abacha. Alex also worked with Stanley Macebuh, a leading journalist with the Daily Times newspapers.
With the sole purpose of serving the interest of Nigerians, regardless of tribe, religion, class, and ethnicity, Alex founded The Guardian Newspaper. Guardian Newspaper provides well-balanced coverage of political, economic, social, and cultural events.
At its inception, The Guardian Newspaper started out as a weekly journal that came out on Sundays. But on the 4th of July 1983, it transitioned to a daily edition.
The London-based print daily “The Guardian” serves as the inspiration for the Nigerian Guardian Newspaper. The conscience symbol used as their logo was also an influence of Egyptian symbols.
“Conscience, Nurtured by Truth” is The Guardian’s motto. This was also inspired by Uthman Dan Fodio’s remark that “Conscience, is an open sore; only truth can heal it”.
It has established itself as one of Nigeria’s major newspaper organizations. It introduced high-quality journalism and insightful editorial content. As a result of this, The Guardian newspaper won the trust of the Nigerian public.
Furthermore, The Guardian has a remarkable record of having no political or religious allegiance with any group.
Vision, Mission, And Values OF The Guardian
The Guardian Vision
- Ensure that all citizens have equal access to the resources of the nation
- All Nigerians, regardless of class, or ethnicity, are afforded equal protection.
- Advocating for justice
- Having strong moral principles in public life.
The Guardian Newspaper Mission
- Having no affiliation with any religious, ethnic group, political parties, or other interest organization.
- Serving and supporting Nigerians’ best interests.
- Nigeria’s sovereignty and integrity are our top priorities.
- Concerned with the unity and sovereignty of Africa.
Core Values Of The Guardian Newspaper
Achievement Of The Guardian
The Guardian newspaper has recorded over one million print readers. In addition, Guardian Newspaper is well-known for covering news on culture, sport, politics, social justice, science, and the environment.
In the year 1998, New York Times recognize The Nigerian Guardian Newspaper as “Nigeria’s most respected newspaper”.
Nigeria Media Merit Award (NMMA) presented The Guardian with the highly sought Editorial Writing of the Year. This is coupled with five other awards inclusive in 2020.
The Guardian has won the 2021 Nigerian Institute of Architects (NIA) Media Award for noteworthy and outstanding reporting of activities at the annual architecture awards in Abuja.
Editor-In-Chief Of The Guardian
The Guardian’s new editor-in-chief is Mr. Martins Oloja. On Monday, March 23, 2020, he assumed the new position.
Mr. Martins Oloja earned his bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from the University of Lagos. He also studied International Management as a postgraduate at the University of Liverpool.
He’s also a member of the Nigeria Guild of Editors. Additionally, he feels privileged to be a part of the American NABJ (National Association of Black Journalists). Lastly, the Nigeria Union of Journalists.
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Oloja writes a weekly column titled “Inside Stuff with MARTINS OLOJA” for The Guardian on Sundays. Oloja has been described as an “excellent reporter, writer, and editorialist”.
In conclusion, The Guardian is located at 103/109, Rutman House, Apapa Oshodi Expressway Lagos, Nigeria with over 500 employees.