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The Pan Africa media conference and Nation 50 years celebration in Nairobi - 2010-03-18

Thursday, 2010, March 18 - Friday, 2010, March 19

The Pan Africa media conference , in Nairobi, brought together prominent personalities in media, business, governments, civil society, and academia across the world.

Some of the 40 eminent guests lined up to grace the event include the Aga Khan, Nobel laureate Prof Wangari Maathai, former South Africa’s president Thabo Mbeki, telecom investor Mo Ibrahim, and former UN secretary general Kofi Annan. The conference key theme is Reflections on the past, present, and prospects for the future.

Thursday 18th March 2010 - 8.30 am – 9.45am - Opening Ceremony Programme - H.H. the Aga Khan Keynote Address – “Media and the Africa Promise” -Lessons learnt in the last 50 years for NMG and modern journalism in Africa, and the voices that have been locked out and need to be heard.


Speech at the 50th Anniversary of the Nation Media Group - 2010-03-18


Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan
at the Conference Marking the 50th Anniversary
of the Nation Media Group:
“Media and the African Promise.”
Nairobi, March 18, 2010.

His Excellency Mwai Kibaki, President of the Republic of Kenya
His Excellency Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda
His Excellency Kalonzo Musyoka, Vice President of Kenya
Rt. Hon. Raila Amolo Odinga, Prime Minister of Kenya
His Excellency Joaquim Chissano, former President of Mozambique
His Excellency Benjamin Mkapa, former President of the United Republic of Tanzania

Foreword by Aga Khan - After 5 decades, the future depends on ability to adapt - 2010-03-18

Reprinted from a foreword to the Daily Nation 50th Anniversary special supplement - akdn.org

By His Highness the Aga Khan
(Reprinted from a foreword to the Daily Nation 50th Anniversary special supplement)

As the Nation Media Group (NMG) marks its 50th anniversary, it would be too limiting to perceive this occasion as a mere milestone in a history of a media organization, no matter how successful. The Nation’s path has been closely entwined with the history of Kenya, East Africa, and the entire continent during a period filled with momentous developments.

Press Release

Aga Khan Announces a Graduate School of Media and Communications - 2010-03-18


18 March 2010 - Nairobi, Kenya - His Highness the Aga Khan, Chancellor of Aga Khan University, today announced the establishment of a Graduate School of Media and Communications in East Africa.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the inaugural Pan Africa Media Conference to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Nation Media Group, which was founded by the Aga Khan, His Highness stated that the School will be dedicated to advancing excellence in media performance and the strengthening of ethical media practices throughout the developing world.

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Posted Friday, March 19 2010 at 19:11

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Aga Khan Announces New Graduate School of Media and Communications at Pan-Africa Media Conference in Nairobi - 2010-03-18


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Media Conference kicks off in Nairobi - 2010-03-18

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Posted Thursday, March 18 2010 at 13:32

The Pan African Conference got underway on Thursday in Nairobi, attracting an attendance of media experts and political leaders in discussing the role of media in an African democracy.

Chief guest President Kibaki set the pace with an acknowledgement on “the advent of citizen journalism has become possible because of tools such as SMS, blogs and social networking websites such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Myspace.”

The Aga Khan pledges his commitment to free media - 2010-03-18

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Posted Thursday, March 18 2010 at 22:05

The Aga Khan on Thursday pledged to uphold free media. Speaking at the Pan Africa Media Conference in Nairobi, the founder of the Nation Media Group gave a firm commitment to remain focused on independent news coverage.

He told the conference that he started Nation in 1960 with the belief that newly independent African nations would thrive well where there was an independent media. He holds the same belief for the future.

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