"Preserving Nigeria's History: Archivi.ng Digitizes 50 Years of Newspapers" πŸ‡³πŸ‡¬ πŸ—žοΈ

"Preserving Nigeria's History: Archivi.ng Digitizes 50 Years of Newspapers" πŸ‡³πŸ‡¬ πŸ—žοΈ

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Archivi.ng has launched the first version of its online archive of Nigerian newspapers spanning 17 years.

πŸ“° Archivi.ng: Digitizing Nigerian History One Newspaper at a Time πŸ‡³πŸ‡¬

In an age of information, a non-profit, Archivi.ng, has embarked on a mission to digitize every edition of Nigerian newspapers from 1960 to 2010. This monumental project seeks to preserve Nigeria's rich history and make it easily accessible to all. πŸ—žοΈπŸ•°οΈ

πŸ” Nigerian newspapers have played a pivotal role in the country's history, chronicling its journey from colonialism to independence and beyond. However, these newspapers are at risk of fading away as they decompose over time.

πŸš€ Fu’ad Lawal, the team lead of Archivi.ng, and his group of friends embarked on this challenging task, tracking down newspapers for each day within the target period. They've preserved 95% of these papers so far.

πŸ“œ The project aims to safeguard the features, ads, columns, letters, and speeches present in these newspapers before they are lost forever.

🌍 Toyin Falola, a renowned Nigerian historian, describes Archivi.ng as a nationalist and restoration project.

πŸ“… After overcoming supply chain issues and bureaucratic hurdles, Archivi.ng started scanning newspapers on April 17, 2023.

πŸš€ The first version of the Archivi.ng website, covering Nigerian newspapers from 1994-2010, launched on September 30th. It opens a window to Nigeria's history for everyone.

This initiative promises to reshape the way Nigerians and the world access their history, ensuring that valuable insights from the past are not lost.

#NigerianHistory #Archivi.ng #PreservingThePast

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