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Here's The Man Who Established Nigeria's First Television Station

Chief Obafemi Awolowo was the first premier of the western region under Nigeria’s parliamentary system. As an activist, he fought with unwavering dedication and commitment for the freedom and justice for the African people, Nigeria in particular.

In 1959, Awolowo established Nigeria's first indigenous TV station in Ibadan. After the Western region blazed the trail, the other regions followed suit, Eastern region in 1960 and Northern region in 1962.

Obafemi Awolowo stressed the importance of the establishment. He told that it was supposed to teach, entertain and stimulate the people to turn Nigeria into a booming and successful nation. Even though this channel was regional at best, it was the first step in creating Nigerian television.

The first TV station in the country was called WNTV. These four letters are an abbreviation that stands for Western Nigerian (WN) Government Broadcasting Corporation (TV). This broadcasting company was located in Ibadan.


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