📰 Archivi.ng: Digitizing Nigerian History One Newspaper at a Time 🇳🇬
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. 🗞️🕰️
🔍 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.
🚀 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.
📜 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.
📅 After overcoming supply chain issues and bureaucratic hurdles, Archivi.ng started scanning newspapers on April 17, 2023.
🚀 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.
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