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A new dawn for online publishing in Nigeria, as OPAN is launched

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Thursday, November 26th,2015, 8.00pm/@webtvng.com

The prospects of having a self-regulated, process-driven, credible, reliable and a well-structured Nigerian online publishing space, received a boost with the formal launch of the Online Publishers Association of Nigeria (OPAN).

Hosted at the Protea Hotel, Westwood Ikoyi, it brought together stakeholders from the public and private sector who were eager to witness a new phase of online publishing in Nigeria.

In his opening remarks the President of the OPA Mr Olufemi Awoyemi noted that with the increase in internet penetration in Nigeria, there has been an upsurge in online publishing.

Speaking on “Imperatives for Standards” Mr Awoyemi shared that online publishing is the process of publishing original content, following the best practises of journalism.

He asserted that the obvious issue in online publishing, is balancing “free expression” with the “ethos of journalism”.

The OPAN President assured stakeholders that the body will bring to Nigeria, the online publishing ecosystem with global best practises.

Giving her keynote the Country Manager for Google Nigeria Mrs. Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor believed the digital space afforded online publishers more opportunities than challenges.

She identified the fact that through the online space, civic participation in Nigeria has increased remarkably citing the 2015 general elections example.

Mrs Chiazor however made a bold statement that “any publisher that does not have an online presence, risks losing relevance”.

From the Google side, the Nigerian Country Manager hinted stakeholders that its “adsense” tool offered online publishers an opportunity, to monetize their work.

In his special message at the occasion the President of the Newspapers Publishers Association of Nigeria (NPAN)Mr Nduka Obaigbena, lauded the OPAN on it launch, but urged the online publishers to distinguish themselves as journalists, following the path of transparency, fairness and truth.

OPA Nigeria was founded in May 2010 and duly registered at the Corporate Affairs Commission(CAC), it currently has 28 members and is poised to represent the highest standards in the Nigerian online publishing space.

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