The African Messenger was the first newspaper founded by the 'doyen' of Nigerian journalism, Ernest Ikoli. The paper was published weekly and known to have supported many of the causes of the Nigerian Civil Service Union, a labor union formed to represent government employees in 1912. It was also a platform for Ikoli's attack on the Nigerian National Democratic Party and its patron Herbert Macaulay.
The paper was sold for about 3 pence or 30 kobo. It was printed by Awoboh Press of Odunlami St, Lagos, and lasted for about 5 years, the time Ikoli became the first editor of the Daily Times. The messenger was purchased by the Nigerian Printing and Publishing Company of the Daily Times fame; the new publishers bought the messenger for about 5,000 pounds.(1)
- (1)Dayo Duyile. Makers of the Nigerian Press......... p 93