The Owner Of Exposed + Picture

Who Owns 

Most people especially Nigerians aren’t aware who the owner of 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.


Picture of the owner of

According to, the owner of 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 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, 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 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. partnered with browser software makers Opera and telecoms giant MTN in 2015 to bring one million days of free Internet to Nigeria.

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Controversies Surrounding

In the year 2014, DailyPost in a press release affirmed that it was a sad development that a news website like copied more than 80 news items from their site without authorization or due credit. DailyPost of Nigeria made an effort to take to court over what they called “brazen stealing of its content”.

In 2013, was also accused of engaging in the DNS poisoning of some ISPs such as Etisalat which ultimately redirect traffic from top popular Nigerian sites and to 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.




The Author

Jide Adeyoye Franklin

Jide is a prolific writer, researcher and a certified author on Nigerian Infopedia. He is a very experienced tech personality with knowledge in SEO and current trends online.

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    wow unbelievable

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