Title: Newswatch Best
Editor: Ray Ekpu
Publisher: Newswatch Books Limited
Price: £15 (Paperback)
Newswatch is the pre-eminent newsmagazine in Nigeria, having started with a bang
in 1985 under its first Editor-in-Chief Dele Giwa, who was controversially
murdered in October 1986 in a parcel bomb attack. It has grown from strength to
strength and is the yardstick that other newsmagazines which have followed the
trail blazer are judged.
Newswatch Best is a collection of articles published in the magazine in its
early days and months between 1985 and 1986. The selections, put together by Ray
Ekpu, the publishing company’s current chief executive officer are not
whimsical. While it is true that they are not representative of what Newswatch
emphasised in the years covered, they are a thumb-sketch of some of the events,
issues and ideas that gripped the public consciousness through their own life
force or through the compelling force of their rendering.
The collection includes news stories, features, columns and preface to cover
that readers will find interesting and enjoyable.
About the Editor
Ray Ekpu is one on Nigeria’s foremost journalists and is winner of many national
and international awards. He succeeded the late Dele Giwa as Newswatch
Editor-in-Chief in 1986, but later relinquished the position to become the chief
executive office of the magazine’s publishing company. He is married with