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The Nation Media Group (NMG) founded by His Highness the Aga Khan in 1959 has become the largest independent media house in East and Central Africa. It has been quoted on the Nairobi Stock Exchange since the early 1970s.
As the leading multi-media house in the East African region, it has print as well as electronic media and the Internet which attracts a regular readership quite unparalleled in the region.
On the financial front, the Group's performance over the years has been outstanding even in the leaner economic periods in the country and shows continuous growth and profits for the company as well as the shareholders.
A World Class Vision
The Nation was founded by His Highness the Aga Khan as a voice for the majority African population as it clamoured for independence. After independence, the Daily Nation newspaper became an effective voice of the people. I must pay tribute to the founder and successive managements for building the company into the foremost media organisation in East and Central Africa.
Indeed, the story of the Nation has become synonymous with the story of Kenya. The two were age mates in a manner of speaking as Kenya attained independence three years after the group was founded. The biggest factor in the Nation's success is that the founders were genuine in their desire to have an independent media group. Over the years, the group has maintained high governance standards that have seen its media outlets through challenging times. As we march into the future, we will stay true to our stake-holders vision and leave a worthy legacy.
Nothing matters in this journey more than the integrity transparency and balance in journalism that we have publicly committed ourselves to. And our journalism will only be of significance if it positively transforms the society we serve, if it brings to that society social, economic and political progress. For this, I thank those who helped build this group and the equally dedicated men and women toiling today to take it to greater heights. Our dream is to be the media of Africa for Africa.
The business landscape is changing rapidly and only those who evolve to the rhythm of the digital revolution and related advances in technology will survive and grow. The Nation has always been at the cutting edge of technology. We were among the first to adopt modern printing in the sixties and similarly pioneered phototypesetting in this part of the world. We will continue to modernize our media and adjust our journalism to suit the demands of the information age even as we explore opportunities in new markets. Finally, I would like to thank everyone who has helped the Nation Media Group to what it is today. We, the management and staff, owe it to our audiences and shareholders to exceed the achievements of those who preceded us.