Naijaloaded is a Nigerian website that focuses on enntertainment news,
stories, and events relating to Nigeria. The
site, founded in 2013, has been around for more than 3
years and has garnered quite a major following within
its few years of existence. The site has a strong
presence in social media sites as well, with close to a
half a million followers on Facebook, and approximately
150,000 fans each on Twitter and Instagram. Unlike most
other news blogs in Nigeria, Naijaloaded.com.ng is not a
one man show and there's a proper team of writers and
editors running the site.
The first thing you notice as soon as you visit the
website is its layout and design. The design looks quite
professional, though nothing extremely unique or
inspiring. But it's certainly much more polished than
most similar news sites that have come out of Nigeria in
recent years. The write-ups are categorized well and the
header menu bar puts those categories at the forefront.
Most similar Nigerian sites do not have a header menu,
making them look less like a news blog and more like a
personal online account of things and events. There's
one major drawback to the site's functionality, however,
and that's the lack of a "search" box.
As far as the actual content goes, the site covers a
range of topics. It's not an entertainment and lifestyle
news site that caters only to the youth, nor is it a
traditional news website. It's basically a neat blend of
the two worlds and has borrowed some great features from
both. This means the site caters to a much wider
audience, which explains why the site is so popular
among Nigerians. You would find articles on tech,
business, sports, music, education, etc. here on this
site. However, the majority of these stories are
relating to Nigeria, quite obviously.
Africa is traditionally considered a backward continent
- at least that's how the global media projects it. But
when you come across sites such as Naijaloaded, you come
to realize how wrong the rest of the world is about
Africa. These Nigerian news sites not just serve as
platforms for Nigerians to know what's happening in
their regions and what their countrymen are up to, but
these sites also give non-Africans a reality check.
In case you didn't know, Nigeria has its own film
industry, which is christened on the lines of Hollywood.
Nollywood is something most people outside of Africa
wouldn't have heard of. If you'd been a frequent reader
at Naijaloaded, you would have certainly been aware that
the Nigerian popular film industry has been around since
the early 1900s.