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50th anniversary: PUNCH holds exhibition to showcase iconic photos 50th anniversary: PUNCH holds exhibition to showcase iconic photos

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Nigeria’s foremost newspaper, PUNCH is set to hold a three-day photo exhibition beginning on February 28, 2024, as part of activities commemorating the media house’s 50th anniversary.

Founded in  March 1973, PUNCH clocked 50 last March 18 last year but its board of directors moved the 50th-anniversary celebration to this year because the anniversary month fell within an election month and year.

At the three-day photo-story exhibition holding at the Alliance Francaise de Lagos/Mike Adenuga Centre in Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria’s most widely-read newspaper will be showcasing 100 of its iconic photographs that tell the rich history of Nigeria and her people, as well as how the media house has been a major part of the country’s history.

The exhibition will afford PUNCH readers and other Nigerians opportunities to view the best photographs from its extensive pictorial archive of the biggest news events in the nation’s history.

Some of the photos will show action moments of the late Afrobeat icon, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, as well as the late human rights activist and lawyer, Gani Fawehinmi (SAN).

There will also be on display photos  telling the political history of Nigeria.

PUNCH’s weeklong celebration will start on Saturday, February 24 with a novelty match between Team PUNCH and the Nigeria Media XI, a team made up of journalists from other newspaper houses in the country. The novelty match will take place at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena (formerly Onikan Stadium), Onikan, Lagos Island. Both teams will be coached by two former Super Eagles players, Victor Agali and Brown Ideye.

The anniversary will be marked with the 40th anniversary of the passing of PUNCH’s founding Chairman, the late Chief James Olubunmi Aboderin, who died on February 28, 1984, at the age of 50.

The high point of the anniversary is also the distinguished public lecture to be held on Thursday, February 29 at the Civic Centre, Ozumba Mbadiwe Road, Victoria Island, Lagos. The lecture is expected to play host to leaders from the public and private sectors. The lecture will be graced by Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, among other eminent thought leaders.

The weeklong activities will continue on Saturday, March 2, 2024, at Eko Hotels and Suites in Lagos, where PUNCH will host a black-tie dinner to acknowledge the contributions of its stakeholders to the success of our organisation.