By Gerard Loughran
Introduced in Nairobi in 1960, 3 years sooner than the start of self sufficient Kenya, the country team of newspapers grew up sharing the struggles of an baby kingdom, anguish the soreness of its disasters and rejoicing in its successes. Marking its fiftieth anniversary in 2010, the kingdom seems again on its functionality because the standard-bearer for journalistic integrity and the way a long way it fell brief or supported the loyalty demanded by way of its founding slogan "The fact shall make you free." The Aga Khan was once nonetheless a pupil at Harvard collage whilst he determined that a good and self sufficient newspaper will be a vital contribution to East Africa's peaceable transition to democracy. The Sunday state and day-by-day state have been introduced in 1960 whilst independence for Kenya was once no longer a long way over the horizon. They fast confirmed a name for honesty and fair-mindedness, whereas surprising the colonial and settler institution by way of calling for the discharge of the guy who may possibly develop into the nation's first top minister, Jomo Kenyatta, and early negotiations for "Uhuru." The heritage of the "Nation" papers and that of Kenya are heavily intertwined; within the warmth of its printing presses and philosophical struggles, that tale is instructed right here: from dedicated beginnings to its place this day as East Africa's best newspaper workforce.
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The ideal was to create a newspaper that would be written and managed by Africans for Africans, but the reality of 1959/60 was that there were very few African journalists in Kenya and even fewer African managers. Curtis had to look to Britain. Seeking a managing editor, he first approached Michael Randall, then assistant editor of the Daily Mail, but Randall had other things on his mind (he eventually became editor of the Mail) and suggested Bierman, one of his sub-editors. ’ To staff the new Taifa, Hayes brought to Nation House most of his editorial staff and ruthlessly poached others from Baraza, including an outstanding trio of Joram Amadi, John Abuoga and George Mbugguss.
B. Madan, Musa Amalemba, Michael Blundell and Wanyuti Waweru arriving in London for the first constitutional conference on Kenya. The launch issue sold a modest 4,000 copies, but next day sales shot up to 11,000 and three weeks later the figure was 18,000. ’ Much effort at this time was going into securing additional investment for the Nation, but overseas publishers foresaw little return from a newspaper in Africa and local businessmen were nervous about an economy which was slowing dramatically in the face of political uncertainty.
The magazine was eventually subsumed into the Standard as an agricultural section and lost its identity. M. Jevanjee, who had become a millionaire as the principal contractor for Birth of a Newspaper | 19 supplies to the Uganda Railway. It was Jevanjee who donated a statue of Queen Victoria for the eponymous Jevanjee Gardens in downtown Nairobi. Having the epitome of empire in the city centre was seen by visitors in later years as a sign of Kenyans’ good-natured tolerance of their former colonial rulers, but an early settler had a different story.