Daily Nation Today: You can read the leading paper in Kenya by clicking here: Daily Nation.
The Daily Nation was started in the year 1958 as a Swahili weekly called Taifa by the Englishman Charles Hayes. It was bought in 1959 by the Aga Khan, and became a daily newspaper, Taifa leo (Swahili for “Nation today”), in January 1960. An English language edition called Daily Nation was published on 3 October 1960, in a process organised by former editor of the British News Chronicle, Michael Curtis. The publisher was East African Newspapers (Nation Series) Ltd, which later became the Nation Media Group with operations throughout the African Great Lakes region.
The newspaper is published by Nation Media Group from its headquarters at Nation Centre, on Kimathi Street in Nairobi. It also maintains a website, which hosts online editions of the daily and Sunday titles. Access is free and the site’s daily hit rate is more than three million.
The Daily Nation and its Sunday edition paper Sunday Nation had a market share of 53 per cent in 2011. Their market share was 74 per cent in 2013. Their main competitor is The Standard, published by the Standard Group., The Star published by the Radio Africa Group and People Daily published by MediaMax Limited.
The leading newspaper in Kenya’s affiliates include:
- The Saturday Nation
- The Sunday Nation
- Business Daily Africa
- Taifa Leo, a Swahili-language newspaper, Kenya
- Daily Monitor Uganda
- The Citizen (Tanzania)
- The East African Newspapers
Other leading newspapers include The Standard newspaper and the Star Newspaper. The Standard was established as the African Standard in 1902 as a weekly by Alibhai Mulla Jeevanjee, an immigrant businessman from British India. In 1905 Jeevanjee sold the paper to Maia Anderson and Rudolph Franz Mayer, who changed the name to the East African Standard. It became a daily paper and moved its headquarters from Mombasa to Nairobi in 1910. At the time the newspaper declared strongly colonialist viewpoints. The British-based Lonrho Group bought the newspaper in 1963, only a few months before Kenya’s independence.