The Columnist is a Nigerian media platform dedicated to publishing articles written by Nigerian columnists.
It was established in June 2018 by Yusuf Mohammed, a journalist. He was a political reporter at Hallmark and New Telegraph Newspapers. He is currently a staff writer at The Next Edition Newspaper.
The main aim of The Columnist is to revive the reading culture in Nigeria, especially amongst the youth. While it is common to see young Nigerians giving their opinions on entertainment stories, they are hardly capable of talking about the economy and political issues which directly and indirectly affect their lives.
In the past, young people read great columnists like Sam Amuka, Dele Giwa, Ray Ekpu, Dan Agbese, Alade Odunewu, Adamu Ciroma, Bisi Onabanjo and a host of others. It helped in improving their writing skills at school and broadened their views on current affairs. Today, investigation has shown that many young Nigerians are no longer interested in reading columnists.
This platform should be encouraged by parents who know the value of reading the views of great minds. It will not only shape their views, but improve their vocabulary.