Creating compelling content

The Nation Media Group is the largest independent media house in East and Central Africa with operations in print, broadcast and digital media, which attract and serve unparalleled audiences in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda. As a brand, we are committed to generating and creating content that will inform, educate and entertain our consumers across the different platforms, keeping in mind the changing needs and trends in the industry.

7th Edition of Nation Leadership Forum Focuses on Education

7th Edition of Nation Leadership Forum Focuses on Education

Rollout of the new curriculum is on course and will begin next month, the government has assured. Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang disclosed that the government is working with an external evaluator on the programme. Speaking at the University of Nairobi on Thursday evening during the seventh edition of the Nation Leadership Forum, whose theme was "Repurposing Education for Growth", he said preparation for the rollout has been ongoing for several years.

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Latest stories

Monitor donates to cancer care home

Monitor donates to cancer care home

Monitor Publications Limited has donated mattresses, mosquito nets and blankets to Kiota Kona home for cancer patients in Kawempe as part of the company’s corporate social responsibility programme during the cancer awareness campaign.

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NMG partners with Mandera county government to support education projects

NMG partners with Mandera county government to support education projects

The Nation Media Group has partnered with the Mandera county government in a bid to improve literacy in the County. While distributing text books, Nation Media group CEO Stephen Gitagama said the company would help the county government to improve literacy levels through the Daily Nation education program. The company donated text books to Karomey Primary school and Rhamu Girls Secondary school. Illiteracy levels in Mandera currently stand at about 70%, which is among the highest in the country.

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NMG hailed for championing water, sanitation journalism

NMG hailed for championing water, sanitation journalism

The Uganda Water and Sanitation Network (Uwasnet) has hailed the Nation Media Group for dedicating ample space and airtime to reporting issues related to water and sanitation.

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Vet Lab leg concludes Nation Classic Golf

Vet Lab leg concludes Nation Classic Golf

Vet Lab Sports Club will be the scene for major golfing action weekend as the par 72 course, one of the most challenging courses in the country hosts the final event in this year’s Nation Classic Golf Series.

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MCL Thought Leadership Forum

MCL Thought Leadership Forum

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NMG to host public forum on development

NMG to host public forum on development

Nation Media Group will hold a public forum on 27th September, 2018 that seeks to look into ways of integrating the sustainable development goals (SDGs) within the country's development framework.

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Steeped in tradition

1960s

From conception to maturity

By any measure, 1960 was an epoch defining year with the world and indeed Kenya, going through a great transition. From the cold war to independence across the continent, the winds of change were upon the world.  It was during this time of political turbulence, struggle for independence and Pan-Africanism that Nation was born, on March 20 1960. Nation Media Group was founded by His Highness the Aga Khan as a voice for the majority African population. After independence, the Daily Nation newspaper became an effective voice of the people.

1970–1979s

A Decade Later

The Nation celebrated its 10th birthday in 1970. It had turned its first profit in 1968. At the time of the anniversary, both the Sunday Nation and the Daily Nation sold well over 46,000 copies per issue. A new rotary press was installed, one of the most advanced in Africa, which enabled the newspapers to print photographs and advertisements in full colour.

1980s

Highs and lows

Nation’s commitment to high press standards is deeply entrenched in its history. In 1981, at the 30th general assembly of the International Press Institute, the Aga Khan called for higher press standards. He listed responsible leadership, exchange of managerial, editor technical know-how and editorial expertise as ways to enhance the quality of journalism. This idea was realized at Nation through a deal with Florida-based St Petersberg Times, a partnership that provided for the exchange of staffers and information to improve the Group’s standards to a global standard.

In 1985, the Daily Nation marked its 25th birthday with a 102-page giveaway and 86 scholarships to high school students. The decade was however not without its challenges with Nation reporters being banned from the Press gallery and Parliament banning the group’s papers. This was however lifted months after it came into effect.

1990s

Dynamic expansion in the Nation group

The years between 1990 and 2000 saw dynamic expansion in the Nation Group: a new headquarters in downtown Nairobi, a new upmarket weekly, The East African, a $ 12 million (Ksh. 750million) press hall on the city’s outskirts with the latest in printing technology, entry to the internet and crucially, a move into the broadcast media. In this decade, the group also began its journey into electronic media by applying for a license to broadcast. 7 years after its first application, it was awarded TV and radio licenses, but only for Nairobi.

2000–2009s

Nation ventures into East Africa

Debt-free and buoyant at the end of 2002, the Nation Media Group took steps to implement a board commitment to pursue other opportunities and turned its attention to its neighbours in Uganda and Tanzania. Having already acquired a feisty, but hard-up, Kampala tabloid, The Monitor, NMG launched a radio station, Monitor FM 93.3, to capture the prime Uganda audience for news and entertainment.

mr wangethi mwangi, nation media group editorial director, mr mattthew stepka, google director for strategy and mr ian fernandes, managing director, nation broadcasting division, during the launch of a popular video website, youtube, at the nation centre, yesterday. the site www.yuotube.com/ntvkenya will enable subscribers to access television news stories. it will run concurrently with www.nationmedia.com/elections, a website focusing on the local political scene ahead of the december 27 general election. photo/william oeri

Pamela Jelimo of Kenya celebrates winning the gold medal in the women's 800m final of the athletics competition in the National Stadium at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 18, 2008. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez (CHINA)

David Kuria a newspaper vendor during the interview JENNIFER MUIRURI (NAIROBI) PETER ODUOR

mr wangethi mwangi, nation media group editorial director, mr mattthew stepka, google director for strategy and mr ian fernandes, managing director, nation broadcasting division, during the launch of a popular video website, youtube, at the nation centre, yesterday. the site www.yuotube.com/ntvkenya will enable subscribers to access television news stories. it will run concurrently with www.nationmedia.com/elections, a website focusing on the local political scene ahead of the december 27 general election. photo/william oeri

2010s

Consolidating our Growth

In more recent times, the Group has continued to consolidate its business and prepare for the future through various projects. Some of these include the refurbishment of its printing press infrastructure in 2010, and its eventual overhaul in 2015 which enabled it to greatly improve its print products for a better reader experience. In 2011, Nation Media Group also expanded its regional fibre optic network to fully intergrate its businesses into one homogenous network. In addition to this, NMG continues to invest in strategic acquisitions and partnerships to secure its future.

A shareholder reads the daily nation during the Nation Media Group annual general meeting on April 26, 2013 at the KICC .JENNIFER MUIRURI (NAIROBI)

His Highness the Aga Khan (center) is shown how the paper is produced by Gideon Aswani the Group Head of Production at Nation Plant (2nd left) during the official launch of Nation Media Group press along Mombasa road on March 17, 2016. The press, which has a capacity to print 86,000 newspapers per hour, is a state-of-the-art facility. Photo | Jeff Angote | Nairobi