THISDAY Newspaper is a Nigerian national daily which was flagged off on 22 January 1995, with its head office in Apapa, , Lagos State, Nigeria.
THISDAY Newspaper soon carved out a niche for itself in business and political reporting and for breaking big news stories, becoming one of the most circulated and read newspapers in Nigeria.
In its first years of publication, THISDAY won the Newspaper of the Year Award for three consecutive years. In 1997 THISDAY also became the first Nigerian newspaper to introduce full colour printing. It now has printing plants in Lagos, Abuja and in the Niger Delta.
THISDAY publisher Nduka Obaigbena, was noted for his early investment in colour printing, giving the paper a distinctive edge among the few durable national newspapers that exist in Nigeria.
As of 2005, THISDAY Newspaper already had about 100,000 copies in circulation and an annual turnover of some $35 million (US).
THISDAY was at the forefront of the battle against dictatorial military rule for which its reporters were invariably detained and harassed. The Chairman and Editor-in-Chief was detained in 1997 at the Department of Military Intelligence (DMI) for seven days under late Gen. Sani Abacha administration. The Chairman later went into self-exile.
In October 2008, THISDAY launched ARISE, the global style and culture magazine. The debut issue was given away at THISDAY’s Africa Rising concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall and was so well received that the second issue officially launched on newsstands in February 2009.
THISDAY Newspaper Annual Awards for Excellence which takes at THISDAY DOME in Abuja’s Central Business District has attracted several world leaders and statesmen including former US Presidents, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, former Mexican President, Vicente Fox and former UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan.
THISDAY Anual Awards for Excellence has also hosted the former United Kingdom Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown along with former Prime Minister of Australia, John Howard.
Former US Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice, Henry Kissinger and General Colin Powell have also participated along with other international dignitaries including the former German Chancellor, Gerhard Schroeder, the former Prime Minister of France, Dominique de Villepin, former Irish Prime Minister, Bertie Ahern and Harvard Professor Larry Summers, a former Economic Adviser to President Obama, former World Bank President James Wolfhensoln and Steve Forbes, the publisher of Forbes magazine.
Other keynote speakers have included prominent Washington insiders and analysts, like Andrew Card, William Kristol, Karl Rove, Paul Begala, Howard Dean, Donna Brazille, and Paula Zahn.
Today THISDAY Newspaper remains one of the preferred newspaper among the business, political and diplomatic elite, and is easily the most recognisable and influential national media brand globally.