Daily Nation

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Not to be confused with The Daily Nation (Barbados).
Daily Nation
Type Daily newspaper
Format Berliner
Owner(s) Nation Media Group
Founder(s) Charles Hayes
Founded 1958 as Taifa
Language English
Headquarters Nairobi, Kenya
Circulation 170,000
Sister newspapers Sunday Nation
Official website www.nation.co.ke

The Daily Nation is a Kenyan independent newspaper. It is the most influential daily in Kenya, with a circulation of around 170,000 copies.[1] The total readership is likely to be higher as each copy is read by a large number of people. It is the African Great Lakes region's most read newspaper.[2][3]


Nation Center, headquarters of the Nation Media Group who publish the Daily Nation.

The newpaper is headquartered at Nation Centre, a landmark 17-storeyed twin tower building situated in Kimathi Street in the central business district of Kenya's capital city Nairobi. It is part of the Nation Media Group. It is a publicly listed company, quoted on the Nairobi Stock Exchange, and has about 7,500 shareholders. Its principal shareholder is the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development, an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network.


The Daily Nation was started in 1958 as a Swahili weekly called Taifa by the Englishman Charles Hayes. It was bought in 1959 by His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan IV, the spiritual leader of the Ismaili community worldwide. Taifa was then changed into 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 its operations over the years covering the African Great Lakes region with a diversified product portfolio.

Market share[edit]

The Daily Nation and its sister paper Sunday Nation have grown phenomenally since inception. They commanded a market share of 53% 2011. Their main competitor is The Standard, published by the Standard Group.[4]

Nation Media Group[edit]

Apart from Daily Nation, the Nation Media Group owns a television station (NTV), a radio station (Easy FM) and other newspapers including the weekly The EastAfrican, a daily business paper, Business Daily Africa, the Swahili-language daily Taifa Leo, the Englisg language daily The Citizen (Tanzania) and the Ugandan daily The Monitor.

The newspaper also maintains a website, which hosts online editions of the daily and Sunday titles with links to its other titles, across the region. Access is free and the site's daily hit rate is more than three million. A 55 minutes colour documentary film, released in 2000, directed by Hillie Molenaar and Joop van Wijk, gives a close-up view of the newspaper.

Affiliated newspapers[edit]


  • DN2
  • Sports magazine
  • Saturday magazine
  • Smart Company
  • Living
  • Money
  • Lifestyle
  • Buzz
  • Zuqka
  • Seeds of Gold


  1. ^ Wachira, Charles (1 July 2014). "Kenyan Media Company Linked to Kenyatta Offers Free Daily Paper". Blomberg News. Retrieved 21 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Rhodes, Tom (2013). "Advertising and Censorship In East Africa's Press". Center for Public Justice (Washington, DC). Retrieved 21 November 2014. 
  3. ^ KAC, . (13 June 2011). "Daily Nation (Kenya) Newspaper". ©2007-2014 Kenya-Advisor.com (KAC). Retrieved 21 November 2014. 
  4. ^ KAC, . (13 June 2011). "Daily Nation (Kenya) Newspaper". ©2007-2014 Kenya-Advisor.com (KAC). Retrieved 21 November 2014. 

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