Daily Nation

Not to be confused with The Daily Nation (Barbados).
Daily Nation
Type Daily newspaper
Format Berliner
Owner(s) Nation Media Group
Founder(s) Charles Hayes
Founded 1958 as Taifa
Language English
Headquarters Nairobi, Kenya
Circulation 170,000
Sister newspapers Sunday Nation
Website www.nation.co.ke

The Daily Nation is a Kenyan independent newspaper. It is the most sold daily in Kenya, with a circulation of around 170,000 copies.[1][2][3]


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

The Daily Nation was started in 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. The publisher was East African Newspapers (Nation Series) Ltd, which later became the Nation Media Group with operations throughout the African Great Lakes region.

The newspaper is published by Nation Media Group from its headquarters at Nation Centre, on Kimathi Street in Nairobi. It also maintains a website, which hosts online editions of the daily and Sunday titles. Access is free and the site's daily hit rate is more than three million. A 55-minute colour documentary film about the paper was released in 2000, directed by Hillie Molenaar and Joop van Wijk.

Market share

The Daily Nation and its sister paper Sunday Nation had a market share of 53% in 2011.[4][5] Their market share was 74% in 2013.[6] Their main competitor is The Standard, published by the Standard Group.[3]

Affiliated newspapers


  • DN2
  • Sports magazine
  • Saturday magazine
  • Smart Company
  • Living
  • Money
  • Lifestyle
  • Buzz
  • Zuqka
  • Seeds of Gold


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  2. Rhodes, Tom (2013). "Advertising and Censorship In East Africa's Press". Center for Public Justice (Washington, DC). Retrieved 21 November 2014.
  3. 1 2 KAC, . (13 June 2011). "Daily Nation (Kenya) Newspaper". ©2007-2014 Kenya-Advisor.com (KAC). Retrieved 21 November 2014.
  4. Editorial Staff (June 10, 2013). "Daily Nation Newspaper and facts about Nation Media Group". BuzzKenya. Retrieved May 18, 2016.
  5. 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.
  6. Editorial Staff (June 10, 2013). "Daily Nation Newspaper and facts about Nation Media Group". BuzzKenya. Retrieved May 18, 2016.
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