WNA – African Newspapers

African Newspapers is the second collection module of the World Newspaper Archive, produced by CRL in partnership with Readex, a division of NewsBank. This collection provides access to more than 40 fully searchable African newspaper titles, published between 1800 and 1922. African Newspapers features titles from Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. Languages include English, German, French, Portuguese, Afrikaans, Xhosa, Sotho, and others.

Titles were recommended by WNA Charter Participants, faculty members, and subject experts from the Cooperative Africana Materials Project (CAMP). The final material was selected for its breadth of coverage, diversity of viewpoints, and historical significance.

 Titles include such key publications as:

  • East African Standard, Mombasa Times and Uganda Argus (Kenya)
  • Leselinyana la Lesutho (Lesotho)
  • O Africano (Mozambique)
  • Lagos Standard (Nigeria)
  • Cape Town Gazette and African Advertiser (South Africa)
  • Ilanga Lase Natal (South Africa)
  • Buluwayo Chronicle (Zimbabwe)

A complete list of titles can be found on Readex's site.

The titles are cross-searchable with other modules of the World Newspaper Archive, as well as with other Readex products such as Americas Historical Newspapers.

Access and Pricing

African Newspapers is currently accessible to Charter Participants and subscribing members. To access the collection, please visit your library’s homepage for Readex products and click on World Newspaper Archive, or visit the page directly.

CRL member access

For CRL libraries who elect to invest in the ongoing digitization of resources, CRL charges a one-time payment for purchase, plus minimal annual maintenance fees. The purchase fee is scaled to each participant’s library materials expenditures. Payment schedules are designed to minimize the impact on library acquisition budgets. Please see CRL's eDesiderata entry for more information on access and pricing.

CRL and its partners  provide long-term access to a rich and diverse set of international scholarly resources. CRL continues to maintain microfilm copies of all WNA papers as well, and makes them available to its community as a regular benefit of CRL membership.


CRL welcomes thoughts and comments on this release, at wna@crl.edu.