Western Nigeria Television Now NTA
The Television began broadcasting on 31 October 1959 under the name Western Nigerian Government Broadcasting Corporation (WNTV) with Olapade Obisesan as its first Chairman. It was based in Ibadan and was the first television station in Tropical Africa.
Television broadcasting started in Nigeria in October 1959, who the then premier of Western Region, the legendary, Chief Obafemi Awolowo established the Western Nigerian Television (WNTV) in Ibadan. It was the first station in Africa.
It is interesting to note that the establishment of Africa’s first television station in Ibadan was as a result of the urgent need for the press coupled with the protest borne out of the socio-political disagreement between the leader of the opposition, Chief Obafemi Awolowo and the central government.
In 1953, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, leader of the Action Group, which controlled the Western Region, criticized the newly introduced Macpherson Constitution for falling short of the expectations of the nationalists.
The then British Governor General, Sir John Macpherson went to Nigerian Broadcasting Service (NBS) and made a broadcast in defense of the Constitution and accused Awolowo of unfaithfulness. Chief Awolowo wanted NBS to give him equal time to make a rebuttal of the allegations against him, but his request was not granted.
This event led to the demand for the incorporation of NBS as public property and the establishment of separate individual regional (Western Nigeria Broadcasting Station), independent of federal government control.