Daily Nation
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Nation Media Group
Founder(s)Charles Hayes
Founded1958 as Taifa
HeadquartersNairobi, Kenya
Sister newspapersTaifa Leo

The Daily Nation is a Kenyan newspaper. It was founded in 1958 and is published in Nairobi.


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

The Daily Nation was started in the year 1958 as a Swahili weekly called Taifa by the Englishman Charles Hayes. It was bought in 1959 by the Aga Khan, and became 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.[1]

The publisher was East African Newspapers (Nation Series) Ltd, which later became the Nation Media Group, with operations throughout the African Great Lakes region and is owned by the Aga Khan.[1]

Goan Kenyan journalist Cyprian Fernandes worked at the Daily Nation and Sunday Nation from 1960 until he was forced to flee Kenya around 1973, owing to his investigative journalism probing irregularities which came too close to the government under Jomo Kenyatta, and his family was threatened. By that time he was chief reporter[2] He was one of the first Kenyan-born reporters at the paper.[3]

Another well-known sports writer in the 1960s at the paper was Polly Fernandes.[4]


The newspaper is today is published from the Nation Media Group headquarters on Kimathi Street in Nairobi.[5]

It is one of the leading newspapers in Kenya.[6][7]

Market share

The Daily Nation and its Sunday edition paper Sunday Nation had a market share of 53% in 2011.[8][9] Their market share was 74% in 2013.[8]

One of their main competitors in 2014 was The Standard, published by the Standard Group.[10]

Affiliated newspapers

In film

A documentary film about the paper was released in 2000, directed by Dutch filmmakers Hillie Molenaar and Joop van Wijk.[11][12]


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  2. ^ Veage, John (14 February 2017). "Yesterday in Paradise". St George & Sutherland Shire Leader. Retrieved 6 January 2024.
  3. ^ "Cyprian Fernandes". The Nation. 9 December 2023. Retrieved 6 January 2024.
  4. ^ "Remembering the football debacle of 1965 when Ghana thumped Kenya". Nation. 21 December 2012. Archived from the original on 3 January 2024. Retrieved 3 January 2024.
  5. ^ "Contact Us". Nation. 21 January 2021. Retrieved 6 January 2024.
  6. ^ Wachira, Charles (1 July 2014). "Kenyan Media Company Linked to Kenyatta Offers Free Daily Paper". Bloomberg News. Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 21 November 2014.
  7. ^ Rhodes, Tom (2013). "Advertising and Censorship In East Africa's Press". Center for Public Justice (Washington, DC). Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 21 November 2014.
  8. ^ a b "Daily Nation Newspaper and facts about Nation Media Group". BuzzKenya. 10 June 2013. Archived from the original on 29 May 2016. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  9. ^ Ngoge, Tinega Geoffrey (2014). A Comparative Study of Print and Online Media Content in Kenya: A Case of 'Daily Nation' Newspaper (M.A.). University of Nairobi.
  10. ^ "Daily Nation (Kenya) Newspaper". Kenya-Advisor.com. 13 June 2011. Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 21 November 2014.
  11. ^ The Daily Nation at IMDb Edit this at Wikidata
  12. ^ "The Daily Nation: A documentary about a Kenyan newspaper". WorldCat. Retrieved 6 January 2024.