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The publishing industry in Nigeria has gone through several ups and downs over the years. Factors such as economic booms and busts and fluctuations in the public’s reading culture determine the degree to which businesses in the space are able to thrive. But through it all, institutions like Diamond Publications have stood firm, and have gained the trust of readers and authors alike. Diamond Publications was established in 1989. This makes it one of the oldest continually operational publishing organizations in Nigeria. It began by putting out a small collection of texts and has expanded its offerings over time. Today, it boasts several dozen titles, many of which it has developed for individual and institutional clients. Contract publishing is a major part of what Diamond Publications does. It has worked with a diverse client base to commission titles for such clients as the Nigerian Guild of Editors, the United Nations Population Fund, and the News Agency of Nigeria. It has also consulted for the Federal Ministry of Information.
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Individual authors who have been published by Diamond Publications include Olusegun Osoba, Oluremi Obasanjo, Lanre Idowu, and Moses Ihonde. Significant titles that have emanated from this house are Master of His Age: The Story of Anthony Enahoro, Bittersweet: My Life with Obasanjo, Standing Tall: Selected Speeches of Olusegun Obasanjo, and First Call: An Account of the Gowon Years. Between 1991 and 2014, Diamond Publications published Media Review, which was the industry journal of the media. In addition, it produced Villascope, the official magazine of the presidency, between 2001 and 2007, and Chevron News, an in-house publication of the company Chevron.
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Diamond Publications has organized training programs for media professionals. For years, it has been a consultant for the Nigerian Press Council. It has also worked on media outreaches for Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC). And in 2010, it oversaw the recruitment of 200 employees for the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). A secondary but nevertheless important work that Diamond Publication does is the organization of the Diamond Awards for Media Excellence (DAME), one of the oldest media awards in Africa. To date, it has held more than 25 editions of the program.
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