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.
Posted Sunday, March 14 2010 at 22:30
When the Aga Khan decided to start a newspaper in Kenya 50 years ago, his vision was to print an independent and honest publication that would help nurture an emerging democracy.
It was 1960 and the wind of change was blowing across Africa, with many of its countries just breaking free from the shackles of colonialism.
Over the past 50 years, the history of the Kenyan nation is inextricably intertwined with that of the Nation Media Group, whose story starts with the acquisition of Kiswahili publication Taifa Leo in 1959.
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.
Participants of the Pan Africa Media Conference.
Back row, left to right: H.E. Princess Kabakumba Labwoni Masiko, Ugandan Minister of Information and National Guidance, Bitange Ndemo, Permanent Secretary at the Kenyan Ministry of Information and Communications, Amadou Mahtar Ba, Executive Director of the Africa Media Initiative, Shakeel Shabbir, MP for Kisumu Town East, Linus Gitahi, CEO of the Nation Media Group and Wilfred Kiboro, Chairman of the Nation Media Group.
Prince Hussain and Princess Khaliya accompanied by Amadou Mahtar Ba, Executive Director of the Africa Media Initiative tour an exhibition commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Nation Media Group.
Prince Hussain and Princess Khaliya with AKDN Resident Representative for Kenya Aziz Bhaloo at the Pan Africa Media conference.