Which is the First Indigenous Television Station in Nigeria?

Which is the First Television Station in Nigeria? 


This article will enlighten you on the first indigenous television station ever in Nigeria. Before the advent of TV in Nigeria, there were other forms of sharing news to the public, one of the oldest include gong beating and town crying. With increase in technology, civilization brought with it, newspapers (print media) and radio and before long, television became an item in Nigeria. So which is the first TV station ever in Nigeria? Read along.


Before the first indigenous TV station in Nigeria came into existence, there was the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). However, on October 31, 1959, the Premier of the Western region at that time, Chief Obafemi Awolowo established Nigeria’s first indigenous TV station in Ibadan called the Western Nigerian Television (WNTV), also known as Western Nigerian Government Broadcasting Corporation. 

The establishment of the Western Nigerian Television (WNTV) was significant in the sense that apart from it being the first television station in Nigeria, Western Nigerian Television was the first TV station in Africa. After the establishment of WNTV, it became possible for a region in Nigeria to establish a TV station when broadcasting was removed from the exclusive list and added to the concurrent list, therefore allowing regionals the right to establish an independent (from government’s control) broadcasting station. Armed with this freedom, the Western Region House Parliament passed an act that established the Western Nigerian Television (WNTV).

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While the establishment of the first TV station in Nigeria has some political underlinings, the Western Region House Parliament argued that the primary aim for the establishment of the TV station was to complement the under staffed educational sector and increase literacy among her citizens.

After the western region blazed the trail, the other regions followed suit, Eastern region in 1960 and Northern region in 1962. Each one entered into a partnership with a British broadcasting company called Rediffusion who supplied and installed their TV station equipments.


Western Nigerian Television (WNTV) evolved after a while to the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA).


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  1. opara chukwuemeka Kenneth

    I think the aim for the establishment was a very good reason.quiz no.. (53)

  2. Ezefunamba Chinaza

    Before the first television station which is the western nigerian television,it was mentioned that there was a british broadcasting coperarion which was not mentioned if it still existed after the creation of the western nigerian television Quiz no:74 group no:9

  3. Okagbue Cynthia C

    Nice article

  4. Edochie Vivian kc

    Wntv is the first television in Nigeria.it brought about changes in civilization and is of great help to we the citizen’s especially the youth.reg no 2016054083 quiz no 15,group no 15a.

  5. Igbokwe chioma Helen

    The evolution of television in Nigeria followed a similar pattern at that of radio. It was regional government that first ventures into television broadcasting. Then,western regional sent out the first television signal in the whole world and Africa.
    The principles aim of establishing the western Nigerian television (WNTV) as was claimed by the proponent was to serve as surrogatives teachers in improving the regional schools system that were handicapped by ill-qualified teachers in certain areas.
    Igbokwe Chioma Helen
    Group 1
    Quiz No 114

  6. Anene Ejiofor Emmanuel

    The ground work laid by the first TV cannot be undermined..the TV though started with political turmoil, its effectiveness cannot be ignored
    Quiz no:47
    Name:Anene Ejiofor Emmanuel

  7. Onwusereaka Rejoice Kelechi

    Is amazing that NTA is the first television station in west African , bravo to this article for educating the masses that NTA is the first television station in Nigeria and still raises it’s banner high as the best among other TV stations in Nigeria.

    Reg no2016054018
    quiz no 115

  8. Ndenweze Godson

    This is really interesting…I never knew until now…Initially thought it was African Independence Television (AIT). Am no longer bereft of this fact.
    Ndenweze Godson. QUIZ no. 153.

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