The Nigeria institute of public relations was established in 1963 as the public relations association of Nigeria, in 1972, it metamorphosed into Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR). In 1989, it established a National secretariat to coordinate its affairs. The institute became chartered via decree no 16 (Act of Parliament) of the Federal Government on 1st June 1990.

The Nigeria Institute of Public Relations is the professional body of all qualified Public Relations practitioners in Nigeria. It is the largest professional body for public relations in Africa.

The supreme governing and policy making body of the institute is its National Council, made up of 22 members, headed by the president. It has chapters in the 36 states of the federation and the federal capital territory, Abuja.


The fundamental objective of NIPR includes;

  1. To promote and develop the art and science of public relations practice in Nigeria.
  2. To establish, prescribe and ensure the observance of high standards of professional and ethnical practice.
  3. To provide facilities, advice and opportunities for executives to meet and discuss public relations problems and case studies, and thereby improve the standard of public relation practice in Nigeria.
  4. To encourage the acquisition of professional qualification in public relations through the provision of examinations and other facilities.
  5. To conduct research, collect and disseminate information on the aspects of public relations.
  6. To publish journals, books, practice papers and guidelines.


Professional Public Relations practitioners operate in every sphere of life in Nigeria including, commerce and industry, government(federal, state and local) community and social affairs, international affairs, charities, public interest and health care establishment