Editorial Guidelines

The Editorial Guidelines are PositiveNaija’s values and standards, which applies to all our content, wherever and however it is received.

Section 1: PositiveNaija’s Editorial Standards

We seek to establish the truth and use the highest reporting standards to provide responsible coverage that is impartial, accountable, transparent, independent of external interests and ultimately, serving all audiences (predominantly, Nigeria and Nigerians).

Vision: To inspire hope and pride in every Nigerian.

Mission: As a human-centered enterprise, to continuously strive towards creating a good, well-informed and empathetic society for Nigeria and Nigerians through news management and impactful initiatives.

Core Values: Truth, reliability (commitment, courage, competence & consistency), respect, valid sense of judgement and excellence.

Our Big Ideas: Standards, Reliability, Impact and Speed.

Section 2: Development of PositiveNaija’s Editorial Standards

The editorial standards we aim to achieve and maintain continue to evolve but in a consistent manner. Furthermore, in recognition of varying levels of current development standards across various sectors, some sectors might receive recognition with published positive news in appreciation of the growth with such achievement or progress.

As a result of the plethora in positive progress and developments in certain sectors/categories by Nigeria and Nigerians as well as improve on the benchmark for excellence, we continuously elevate the standards accordingly.

In our commitment to promoting the culture of excellence and responsible journalism, we are pleased to confirm that posts eligible for publication on our platform will be guided by the following parameters.

We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from our platform including without limitation if it violates any aspect of our editorial guidelines.

Categories Editorial Standards for Published Posts
General Nigerian citizens (still, we respect every person of Nigerian descent/ancestry).
General We only publish news with content demonstrating present attainment rather than futuristic projections/speculations.
General For awards, recognitions, honours, etc., the rationale or reason(s) or context for understanding be made available in the reported/presented news. When this is not present, we shall rely on our conviction based on the recipient’s merit for such honour.
General For awards, recognitions, honours, etc., the character of the awardee as well as awarding entity deemed as exemplary based on our knowledge shall be a determinant.
General News with incomplete list of winners will not be published. Organisers of recognitions and journalists should ensure fair/just reporting rather than selective reporting of certain awardees. We however, endeavour to still check/collate from various news source in such regard.
  • Stating or Naira as the Nigerian currency rather than N.
  • Minimal inclusion of pictures to the posts to encourage increase in reading culture.
  • No inclusion of location-born references to posts towards maintaining objectivity.
General PositiveNaija media or press or communication kit
General Award in the name of person predominantly epic/first-of-its-kind/history defining.
Business & Economy
  • Predominant consideration of strengthening the Naira/ indigenous development.
  • Grants (financial and non-financial): Predominantly epic/first-of-its-kind/history defining.
  • Predominant consideration on strengthening indigenous knowledge management.
  • Educational awards in higher institutions predominantly best graduating students, & epic/history defining merits. Within Nigeria (Universities), applicable to top ranking universities in the country.
  • Predominantly epic/first-of-its-kind/history defining academic or intellectual feats (applicable to Secondary Schools).
  • Predominantly 1st positions & epic/first-of-its-kind/history defining educational feats (academic or intellectual) engaged in internationally/abroad applicable to top 10 universities in the respective countries.
  • Essay competitions without the winning essay(s) available will not be published (from January 2021).
Health & Environment
  • Predominantly alkaline sources.
  • Predominantly epic/first-of-its-kind/history defining medical feats.
Leadership & Diplomacy Predominantly epic/first-of-its-kind/history defining appointments.
Science & Technology
  • Predominantly 1st positions & epic/first-of-its-kind/history defining scientific and technological feats engaged in internationally/abroad.
Religion, Social Values & Empowerment
  • We do not publish beauty pageantry.
  • Predominantly 1st positions & epic/history defining victories/relevance.
  • We have also decided to discontinue reporting on boxing as a sport on our platform particularly as it usually aims to make competitors bruised and bloody. However, we recognise that there are grey areas (for us) in the instance of multiple sports within a competition, in which boxing is included.
“Avoid Greed This Week” campaign
  • Predominantly portraying and encouraging selfless acts (2020)
  • Previously portraying dangers & consequences (2017 – 2019)

Section 3: Political Ideology

We do not subscribe to any political ideology or political activism.

In addition, we do not lend our work/platform to instruments of political (or electoral) contexts of any kind.

Section 4: Guest Posts

Currently, we do not accept/publish guest posts on PostiveNaija (free publishing). However, if the article or material is consistent with the scope and objectives of our work as well as our editorial guidelines, we may consider it.


PositiveNaija Thinking Room


  1. Opportunities for data mining from PositiveNaija news (already: geographical data and factors for progress).
  2. Not every news/info can be ‘keyworded’.
  3. Lectures of Leke Alder
  4. The concept of Abulecentrism and Nigeria’s political, economic and social logjams, By Prof. Olurinde Lafe
  5. Purpose Share
  6. Fela Durotoye – The State of the Nation
  7. The Good Country
  8. Onye Nkuzi: “… what can we sell to these markets”?
  9. Reward System
  10. Teach, Entertain, Inspire and Engage
  11. Nigeria: In Search of Patriots, By Dele Agekameh
  12. The Ethics of Engaged Journalism by Michael Fancher
  13. Quotes: Friedrich Schiller
  14. How a group of Nigerian journalists are digitising thousands of old newspapers
  15. Where are the journalism training and education centres in Africa?


PositiveNaija Editorial Standards

Our Advocated Performance Indicators on Redefined & Excellent Standards of Nigeria’s Value Based System [First created: 29-10-2017]

In simple terms, these indicators represent the signal identified/recognised by PositiveNaija that shows the extent of ideal progress made by Nigeria. We therefore believe that in course of achieving any of these indicators at any given time, in such sphere (and notably beyond), a consistent, genuine and verifiable transformation of the Nigerian society has occurred.

These indicators takes into consideration the past and current dispositions, which serve as a useful lead into a sensible and prosperous future.


  • A Nigerian emerging winner of the Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership. [Reference: Mo Ibrahim Foundation]
  • Nigeria ranked 1st in overall governance performance in the Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG). [Reference: Mo Ibrahim Foundation]


  • All Nigerian States and the Federal Government of Nigeria publish their budgets/contracts. [Reference: BudgIT Nigeria]
  • All MDAs of Nigerian States and the Federal Government of Nigeria publish their call circulars. [Reference: BudgIT Nigeria].


  • A Nigerian or Nigerian entity emerging winner of The Nobel Peace Prize [Reference: Nobel Peace Prize]
  • The Nigerian Police ranked Africa’s best police service in the World Internal Security and Police Index (WISPI) [Reference: WISPI]


2021 News under consideration; subject to verification/countering

  1.  11th Nigerian National Legacy Awards [Rationale: ]
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*Last updated: 16 September 2021

6 thoughts on “Editorial Guidelines”

  1. This is a question.

    We know that Nigeria and Nigerians have umpteen qualities, qualities one may be profoundly proud of. For instance the most generous generosity I ever encountered. The most empathic empathy. To name just a few. These qualities confer esteem, which regrettably is overwhelmingly depressed by countless faults that have befallen the country and which have the place of descriptors for the country in general: Lack of electricity, lack of education, lack of honesty, lack of governmental care, lack of equitable share in resources, lack of economic progress commensurate with the country’ capabilities and resources…. the list goes on and on and on. Things one shouldn’t be proud of or accept. Hence our struggle and striving, inclusion the striving to rebuild self-esteem.

    But here’s a disparity that is confounding conventional wisdom. And I wonder whether it bear a relation ship to the subject of this forum: Why are the people of Nigeria so confident of a prosperous future when so much remains to be righted? See this 2015 survey by Bloomberg http://www.africanbusinesscentral.com/2015/07/27/the-worlds-most-optimistic-people-live-in-africa-infographics/

    1. Dear Felix, thank you for your insight and keen observation of the Nigerian realities. Your question is indeed an excellent one albeit, mysterious as well.

      I will try to give some possible reasons as to why the people of Nigeria are so confident of a prosperous future when so much remains to be righted. Nevertheless, I also believe individual answers to this by Nigerians would provide significant understanding as well.

      First, in reference to the 2015 survey by Bloomberg (which you have shared), considering a number of unknown elements as regards the conduct of the survey, here is my thinking:
      – The survey was conducted between March-May 2015: This period witnessed a new government (of President Buhari), one that gave a sort of generally fresh and high levels of optimism to the Nigerian peoples and their prosperity.
      – Although, it might seem insignificant, and with all due respect to Bloomberg’s effort, I however believe that the survey methodology of telephone interviews might have also contributed to such optimism. It is not easy to get Nigerians to talk about the harsh realities of the country over the phone – in-person, yes but not over the phone. Most of the time, this is as a result of security issues – of their various interests.

      Secondly, the following:
      – Natural optimism: It is difficult to explain this but Nigerians are very optimistic about the prosperity of the country. Nigerians really just love being Nigerians. Majority of Nigerians cannot imagine a non-existent Nigeria.
      High level of tolerance: This point might seem not to be the case, but it is true. The political sphere rather makes this appear unreal.
      – Game-changers: This point refers to those Nigerians who are resolute in their industry to make a difference in seeing the prosperity of the country come into full manifestation. They believe in their work, skill and experience to have the Nigeria of our collective dreams by doing as much as possible what is right all the time.
      – Religion: Nigerians are very religious people and sometimes to a fault, with little or no effort into doing the required work and the right things where such is needed. So there is an overwhelming ‘faith’ in God saving the country of its mess and redeeming its destiny. It is a tough faith I must say.
      – History/Culture: Nigerians take a lot of pride in their history (sometimes, mostly tied to their ethnicity). It gives a string sense of who they are and what they can become.
      – Short-shortsightedness: This reason can be seen in how much instant gratification we celebrate or short-term successes and thus, a belief that we can always reproduce this even amidst challenges.
      – Ignorance: Really, most Nigerians cannot really tell why they still believe in the prosperity of the country. For this group, they genuinely do not have the insight of how societies evolve and advance neither do they fully comprehend the consequence of their actions to the society at large. These group look at such prosperity from the view point of just their immediate family or clan and are very confident of well they are advancing (even though otherwise but this is largely influenced also by culture). Therefore, ‘prosperity’ assumes different interpretations.
      – Fear/timidity: This is a point not to be overlooked and indeed real. Some Nigerians (if not most), are really having a confidence not born out of joy but rather fear. The spread of helplessness, breakdown of unreliable societal institutions/systems, etc. contribute to this whereby the only choice they have is just to be ‘hopeful’.

      These are some points I believe could shed some light to your question.

      However, while I feel and share this confidence, I also perceive a huge and growing distrust at the moment to the collective prosperity of the country.

      You question has also raised in my mind, the need to conduct a more recent survey to ascertain this. I will try to see to this.

      Thanks again and best regards.

      1. I also believe in the natural optimism part. We as Nigerians believe in a brighter future and we are very resilient. However, the negative part of being resilient is the fact that we have just been so laid back and allowed just anything to happen under our watch. Thankfully, different groups are rising up bit by bit to change the status quo.

        So for Felix’s question, I believe that it’s just who we are as a people….it’s a product of what we have been through as a nation…we go through a lot of hardship but we are happy people!

        1. Dear Grace, thanks a lot for your comment.

          I agree with you especially this:
          “Thankfully, different groups are rising up bit by bit to change the status quo.”

          Just yesterday, I came across Fela Durotoye and I am very impressed with his vision and commitment towards changing the status quo. I am inspired by his work.

  2. Wow, wow, wow👏🏾👏🏾
    I love the silent spirit that hums the positivity song in this organisation. Truly, It’s really soothing to see all these headlines around here unlike a typical Nigerian newspaper that turns it’s readers paranoid at sight.

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