Who Owns Naij.com?
Most people especially Nigerians aren’t aware who the owner of Naij.com is. Since they provide latest news around Nigeria, some think that it is a Nigerian that owns the popular website making waves on the internet. Well, this post will reveal the true founder of Naij news and tell you things you need to know about the website, controversies and how it became popular.
According to constative.com, the owner of naij.com is a Belarus man called Vital Laptenok who currently lives in Minsk, Belarus and has worked with TUT.BY, a Belarus base news and content website. The truth behind this site is that Naij thrives on content from other top websites in Nigeria, be it news, entertainment, sports e.t.c. Most Nigerian bloggers have complained bitterly that Naij steals their hard written content at will without crediting them and have grown with that style ever since.
How Naij Started
Naij.com It was founded in 2012 with its headquarters in Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria and an editorial hub in Abuja. Wikipedia claims that the website’s servers were attacked by hackers in July 2015.
How Popular is Naij News
As at July 2015, Naij.com has more than 13 million monthly readers and was ranked as the 16th most visited website in Nigeria by Alexa. Currently the website’s Facebook community has over 2.7 million. Subscribers on Facebook stands at over 3 million as at July 2016. Data from Facebook stats about online media in Nigeria shows that NAIJ.com news site now has over three million of fans on the world’s major social network. This means years, NAIJ has overtook Sahara Reporters and other online news sites. Naij.com partnered with browser software makers Opera and telecoms giant MTN in 2015 to bring one million days of free Internet to Nigeria.
Controversies Surrounding Naij.com
In the year 2014, DailyPost in a press release affirmed that it was a sad development that a news website like Naij.com copied more than 80 news items from their site without authorization or due credit. DailyPost of Nigeria made an effort to take Naij.com to court over what they called “brazen stealing of its content”.
In 2013, Naij.com was also accused of engaging in the DNS poisoning of some ISPs such as Etisalat which ultimately redirect traffic from top popular Nigerian sites Nairaland.com and Google.com.ng to my.naij.com. Constative.com also complained that a post on “the richest musicians in Nigeria” was taken from their site word for word and put on the Naij platform without crediting them. Constative had to use the Google DMCA tool to get the article removed from Google search engine.