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Type of site
|News, Entertainment, Politics|
|Available in||English, Hausa|
It is ranked as the #1 news and entertainment platform and the 7th overall most visited website in Nigeria by Alexa Internet. Legit.ng is the biggest publisher on Facebook by the audience in ‘Media’ category.
Founded in 2012, Legit.ng has its headquarters in Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria and launched an editorial hub in the country’s capital, Abuja, in May 2015. Legit.ng is partner of Genesis Media global consumer Internet company which also cooperates with Tuko (in Kenya) and Yen (in Ghana).
In May 2014, Legit.ng released an Android mobile app. It soon became #1 in its category in Nigeria and was featured by Google Play Market. The app hit 500,000 installs in 10 months. The all-time number of installs is now getting close to 5M.
The website's servers were attacked by hackers in July 2015.
In February 2016, Legit.ng was among the first in Nigeria to roll out Facebook’s instant articles. In 2017, Facebook did a case study of this launch with Legit.ng and published the story in the Facebook Audience Network.
In March 2017, Legit.ng started a local journalism project to connect the reporters representing all the 36 states and the FCT. In the same period, a missing person initiative was launched, which in future helped Nigerians find their loved ones and return them home.
In July 2019, Legit.ng received an award for the most people-friendly online platform for election coverage during the 2019 polls. The recognition was held at the Suncity Champion of Democracy and Development Awards held in Abuja.
A new desk, human interest, was launched to tell more stories about outstanding Nigerians both at home and in the diaspora in February 2020.
In October 2020, Legit.ng organized Big Naija Independence prominent student contest to celebrate Nigeria's 60th Independence. The Big Naija Independence contest was aimed at spotting young talented students passionate about journalism and writing.
As of July 2015, it has more than 13 million monthly readers and is ranked as the 7th overall most visited website in Nigeria and the 1st among publishers by Alexa. Currently the website's Facebook community has over 4.3 million members. This means in less than 4 years Legit.ng has overtaken Sahara Reporters, wikirise.com and other online news sites. Legit.ng is the biggest publisher on Facebook by the audience in ‘Media’ category.
Legit.ng is technology-driven media.
Legit.ng’s staff use an analytical tool by .IO Technologies[failed verification] to explore real-time reports on articles’ performance and place the most relevant pieces of information first on the website’s title page.[self-published source][failed verification]
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