Our History

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) was founded on March 15, 1955, in Lagos, during Nigeria’s struggle for independence from British colonial rule. Emerging amidst a wave of protest groups advocating for independence, NUJ was initially formed as a platform for journalists to address issues such as better pay and working conditions from publishers. Led by figures like Mobolaji Odunewu and Chief Olu Oyesanya, NUJ evolved into a trade union body registered under the Labor Laws Cap 2000, with a focus on improving conditions for journalists and promoting professional standards in the industry.


The history of NUJ is deeply intertwined with Nigeria’s journey to independence and the evolution of its journalism landscape. Founded in 1955, NUJ began as a platform for journalists to advocate for better working conditions and professional standards. Over the years, NUJ expanded its reach across Nigeria, establishing state councils, zones, and chapels in media organizations. Key milestones include the restructuring of NUJ in 1977, which transformed it into an effective trade union and professional body. Today, NUJ operates 37 state councils, six zones, and numerous chapels, along with affiliate bodies like NAWOJ, Nigerian Guild of Editors, and SWAN.

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Chris Isiguzo

National President

Alhassan Yahaya Abdullahi

Deputy National President

Achike Gregory Chude

National Secretary

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