Thanks to the Wayback Machine, we get to unearth the digital past. Here’s how 7 of Nigeria’s most popular websites looked when they first launched, as far back as a decade and a half ago.


Nairaland was launched in 2005 by Seun Osewa. That’s more than a year before Facebook became available to the general public. Last year, the online forum celebrate reaching the 1 million user base mark.


Vanguard Newspaper

This is what everyone’s favourite online newspapers looked like when it lauched in 2000. How times have changes

Linda Ikeji

Linda opened a Blogspot account in 2006 but didn’t start blogging till 2007. What started as a hobby grew into one of Nigeria’s most visited sites today. For reasons best known to her, she has chosen to stick with her original sub-domain.

Punch Newspaper

Punch on the web launched in 2003.



Originally and relaunched as Jumia in 2012. The site has seen quite some changes in a short span of 2 years.


Konga and Jumia launched within a month of each other. Here’s what Konga looked like at launch.



The Citizen Journalism site launched in 2006. How things have changed

Muyiwa Matuluko Author

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