It's already one year since Nigerian Entertainment Today (NET) went live with Nigeria's first entertainment breaking news service www.thenetng.com!
Announcing the website's anniversary today, founder Ayeni Adekunle recalls with nostalgia, 'that day in November 2009, when we told people to countdown with us to November 23 – as we prepared to launch what has now become the most trusted source of news and information from Nigeria's booming entertainment industry'.
In a country where many are constantly on the move, and young people want their news on the go, www.thenetng.com has become a part of our daily lives, with many – including young professionals, students, journalists and academics- regularly visiting to find out what's up, who's hot, and who's not.
Within the first year, the website has earned a reputation as a trusted journal – and reputable media platforms like Channels, The Guardian, The Punch, THISDAY, Vanguard and THE Sun continue to regularly pick up leads, breaking news and exclusive pictures from the site.
"It's been a remarkable year; for good and bad reasons" Ayeni who had worked with Encomium, THISDAY and The Punch before setting up NET, says. "From Dagrin's car crash to his unfortunate death; 9ice and Toni Payne's separation, to the Kora Awards controversy, HipHopworld awards, Ashionye's baby, Terry G's accident and Basketmouth's swimming pool picture with Sir Richard Branson, we have broken some of the biggest and most difficult stories of the year; all along sticking to the ethics of journalism even though we operate on the internet where it is easy to dump the rules and play reckless".
And the success is obvious – less than five months after we launched the website, we followed with a newspaper – another first in the entertainment industry. NET Newspaper, which debuted on April 26, is fast becoming a household name, with increasing circulation figures and spread across the country.
"Big Shout out to @ayenithegreat on the anniversary of TheNETng. You will continue to reap the reward of your labour. Amen" singer Djinee wrote on Twitter early Tuesday.
"A big congrats on NET's first anniversary. Bigger things coming. Please keep up the good job" Darey wrote in a message NET's board.
Other artistes celebs who have sent in good wishes include model Warebi Martha, hiphop act Weird MC, Founder of Truspot radio Ike Orizu, Chocolate City boss Audu Maikori and HipHopWorld Chairman Ayo Animashaun.
Meanwhile, It is expected that the website will be overhauled this weekend. "We're coming up with a totally new look and feel; a simpler-but-exciting layout. The changes are a result of feedback we've gathered over the past months. And I'm hoping our readers would love it!' Ayeni says.
An anniversary event, already tagged "CHAMPAGNE CONVERSATIONS" will hold at a later date.
www.thenetng.com is edited by Chiagoziem Onyekwena; with the likes of Ken Agbodike, Joy Isi-Bewaji, Wallace Olalekan, Dimeji Ogedengbe, Victor Obot, Grace Kerongo, Tosyn Bucknor, Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi, Akintomiwa Fawunmi and Victoria Ige on the editorial team.