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Next (Nigeria)

Type Daily newspaper
Publisher Timbuktu Media group

Next is a newspaper in Nigeria that covers news, opinion, arts & culture, business and entertainment.[1]

Next is published by Timbuktu Media group, which was founded by Pulitzer Prize–winning writer Dele Olojede in 2004. The group is based in Lagos, Nigeria and South Africa and is involved in publishing, printing and broadcasting. Other Timbuktu Media publications are NEXT on Sunday, Elan (a fashion glossy), X2 and the website[2] Olojede is a former staffer on New York's Newsday who won a Pulitzer prize for a report on the Rwandan genocide. He was a co-founder of the Nigerian Newswatch magazine in the mid-1980s.[3]

In an unusual sequence, Next first appeared as a "tweet" on Twitter in December 2008. Two weeks later the website went live, and the print edition first appeared on 4 January 2009.[3] A welcome message from Olojede in the first edition said "NEXT is launched now to provide news and informed opinion fairly and accurately to the Nigerian public in any land, based on the best judgment of the editors, and in a way that serves the public purpose and is compatible with the demands of an open and democratic society". It went on to say the newspaper would be delivered through a variety of media including print, internet, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and so on.[4]

In 2011, Dele Olojede was awarded the John P. McNulty Prize for founding NEXT.[5] The McNulty Prize is available to Fellows of the Aspen Institute who have created a project to solve pressing social problems using innovative entrepreneurial techniques.

Next ceased publication in September, 2011.[6]


  1. ^ "Countries: Nigeria: News". Stanford University. Retrieved 2011-05-11. 
  2. ^ "Investor Relations". Timbuktu Media group. Retrieved 2011-05-11. 
  3. ^ a b Alex Hannaford (2 March 2009). "Nigeria: The Next big thing". The Guardian (UK). Retrieved 2011-05-11. 
  4. ^ "NEXT – Nigeria’s Latest Newspaper Launches News Portal". AfricanLoft. December 20, 2008. Retrieved 2011-05-11. 
  5. ^ "John P. McNulty Prize - Laureates". John P. McNulty Prize. October 25, 2011. Retrieved 2012-06-19. 
  6. ^ "Nairaland Forum". Pulitzer winner's Nigeria newspaper stops printing. September 26, 2011. Retrieved 2014-09-02. 
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