Daily Nation

Daily Nation

The Daily Nation, an independent newspaper, is the most influential newspaper in Kenya with a daily circulation of about 205,000 copies . The total readership is likely to be higher as each copy is read by a large number of people. It is East Africa's largest newspaper.


It 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.


It was bought up in 1959 by His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan IV, the spiritual leader of the Ismaili community worldwide. It started purely as a Kenyan newspaper publishing company but has expanded to become the Nation Media Group with its operations over the years covering the entire East African region with a diversified product portfolio.

Market Share

The Daily Nation and its sister paper Sunday Nation have grown phenomenally since inception. They command a marketshare of 74 per cent and outsell their nearest competitor by a ratio of more than 3:1.

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

Digital versions of the Nation titles and The EastAfrican are sold to subscribers via Newsstand

The newspaper also maintains a website, , which hosts online editions of the daily and Sunday Nations 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 documentary film (55 minutes, color), released in 2000, directed by Hillie Molenaar and Joop van Wijk, gives a closeup view of the newspaper.

External links

  • Daily Nation website
  • Business Daily website
  • In the feature documentary film 'The Daily Nation' by Hillie Molenaar and Joop van Wijk we discover East Africa's most modern newspaper. The film shows the daily struggle of a newspaper trying to uphold democratic values in a corrupt society. The film has been reviewed by Tom Mshindi, former editor of the newspaper. 'The Daily Nation' is available on DocsOnline

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