The Media Blog: We really, really, really, really, really, really like The Republic

We’ve been aware of The Republic since last year. It aims to be some sort of Slate/Salon/Atlantic for Nigeria (yes, we know everyone hates that X for Nigeria, X for Africa thing, but that’s the easiest way to explain stuff, sorry) – thoughtful essays on the culture and the human condition.

Hey, that sounds like what wants to be beneath the traffic-generating cloth of news-as-commodity and other trade-offs, but we digress.

Also, there is the uncanny resemblance with that ambitious thing Big Cabal Media tried to do with Republica many moons ago – we think it was a collaboration with blogger, ‘Feyi Fawehinmi – that also tried to do thoughtful long reads and the like with the news. That experiment ended in December 2015.

This piece, on the ongoing soullessness of Lagos, the city from which we are writing this captures what makes The Republic an important addition to the media milieu Nigeria presently has.

Since January, it has functioned with monthly special magazine editions that remind us of the excellent Farafina monthly magazines, and then about 10 special long and medium reads each month. It’s last special in May captured the collapse of the Buhari legacy – with pieces from the likes of former Lagos governorship candidate, Olasupo Shashore (SAN), Manji Cheto who is a Senior Vice President with former President Bill Clinton top-dog, Doug Band’s company Teneo Intelligence; and Nonso Obiliki who is Research Associate at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. So, evidently, its list of writers is an elite set.

Not surprising when you think of who its founder is. Wale Lawal, a pretty impressive guy when you meet him, after all, has an MSc from the London School of Economics, and his volunteer team of editors has names from Columbia through Harvard to Toronto.

Of course, the road to folding up is paved with good intentions, and so it can be hard to imagine how they keep this up. But every once in a while, a blue moon appears and someone shows up who succeeds where others have failed.

The Republic? Your move.

One comment

  1. Hmm, never knew there was another Republic haha. I feel like they got some naming inspiration from us. Nice thing they’re doing anyway.

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