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The Forum Newspapers is the official Catholic weekly Newspaper of the Catholic Diocese of Orlu, Imo State, Nigeria. It reports on religion, current affairs, politics, social issues, sports, and the arts with a special emphasis on Roman Catholicism; while also engaging in evangelization and elucidation of Catholic Doctrines. It was initially created in the 1980s during the episcopacy of Most Rev. Gregory O. Ochiagha with the title: “Orlu Diocese Today”. It was published and circulated as a newsletter with the Late Very Rev. Fr. Damian Opara as the coordinator but later stopped publication.

Later on, precisely in 1994, publication resumed but this time as an official newspaper of the Diocese. Fr. Boniface Duru became the pioneer editor-in-chief of the Newspaper and it was a monthly publication. Bishop Ochiagha named it “THE FORUM”, drawing inspiration from St. Paul’s mission at Ephesus where the people established a forum for sharing ideas, and dialogue to get to the truth. The Bishop, therefore, gave the motto “RALLYING FOR THE TRUTH”.

In 2007, while Rev. Fr. Maurice Emelu was the editor, The Forum Newspapers won the Best Catholic Newspaper of the Year.
Presently, the Editor-in-Chief of the Forum Newspapers is Rev. Fr. Anthony I. Añumnu.

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mission

To keep our readers (Catholics and non-Catholics) abreast with information about the events in society and in the Church through objective reporting, insightful columns, and editorials; to teach the true teachings of the Catholic Church, as well as promoting a peaceful, just and well-informed society using enormous resources to enhance knowledge of the Church and society.

vision

To be a reliable tool for disseminating true and authentic information and a great mean of evangelization through the media.

HISTORY OF THE FORUM NEWSPAPER

The Forum Newspapers was initially created in the 1980s during the episcopacy of Most Rev. Gregory O. Ochiagha with the title: “Orlu Diocese Today”. It was published and circulated as a newsletter with Late Very Rev. Fr. Damian Opara as the coordinator but later stopped publication.
Later on, precisely in 1994, publication resumed but this time as an official newspaper of the Diocese. Rev. Fr. Boniface Duru became the pioneer editor-in-chief of the Newspaper and it was a monthly publication. Bishop Ochiagha named it “THE FORUM”, drawing inspiration from St. Paul’s mission at Ephesus where the people established a forum for sharing ideas, and dialogue to get to the truth. The Bishop, therefore, gave the motto “RALLYING FOR THE TRUTH”.
In 2007, while Rev. Fr. Maurice Emelu was the editor, The Forum Newspapers won the Best Catholic Newspaper of the Year.
With the purchase of some printing equipments under the leadership of Rev. Fr. Maurice Emelu, the printing department of the Forum Newspapers was established and named the “N-Trinity Press”. The N-Trinity Press became the official publishers of the Forum Newspapers.
All these while, the Forum Newspaper was located at Knight of St. Mulumba Hall, situated beside the Diocesan Catholic Secretariat within the premises of the Holy Trinity Cathedral, Orlu. Later in 2014, under the leadership of Rev. Fr. Cyriacus Uzochukwu, the Forum Newspaper moved to its permanent site at the Archangel Gabriel Media Centre located beside the Orlu Cheshire Home opposite Orlu Stadium.
On the 10th of March, 2021, the Forum Newspaper was separated from the N-Trinity Press making both two separate entities with two separate leaderships.
Presently, the Editor-in-Chief of the Forum Newspapers is Rev. Fr. Anthony I. Añumnu, succeeding his predecessor, Rev. Fr. Kenneth Obialisi.

Genealogy of Leadership

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Most Rev. Gregory O. Ochiagha

Chief editor 1980s

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Fr. Boniface Duru

Chief editor 1994

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Rev. Fr. Maurice Emelu

Editor 2007

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Rev. Fr. Anthony I. Añumnu

Current Chief-editor

Experience

installation & project development

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