Birth of a Nation: The Story of a Newspaper in Kenya by Gerard Loughran

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By Gerard Loughran

Introduced in Nairobi in 1960, 3 years prior to the beginning of self sufficient Kenya, the country crew of newspapers grew up sharing the struggles of an little one country, ache the ache 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 some distance it fell brief or supported  the loyalty demanded by way of its founding  slogan "The fact shall make you free." The Aga Khan used to be nonetheless a scholar at Harvard collage while he made up our minds that a decent and self sufficient newspaper will be a vital contribution to East Africa's peaceable transition to democracy. The Sunday kingdom and day-by-day state have been introduced in 1960 while independence for Kenya was once now not a long way over the horizon. They fast confirmed a name for honesty and fair-mindedness, whereas stunning the colonial and settler institution by way of calling for the discharge of the guy who may possibly develop into the nation's first leading minister, Jomo Kenyatta, and early negotiations for "Uhuru." The historical past 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 present day as East Africa's major newspaper staff.

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Hayes refused and was later reprimanded by the committee. ‘I was suspect because I was a journalist and because I was in contact with Africans’, he said. Although change did come to the clubs, it came slowly. Nation managing director (MD) Gerry Wilkinson remembered being taken to Muthaiga on his first night in Nairobi in 1971: ‘An old couple sat by the fire and the husband held up an ear-horn which his wife shouted into. ’ Legally, there was no colour bar in Kenya but socially it was inescapable.

But nothing further developed. Finnish, Swedish and Norwegian newspapers were offered participation, as were Associated Newspapers of Ceylon, the Washington Post, the Miami Herald and the International Herald Tribune, as well as the Ford Foundation. The Aga Khan was keen to secure outside participation in East African Newspapers because he felt links to internationally known newspapers would add gravitas to the Nation’s image and help alleviate suspicions in Kenya about his own role as head of an Asian community.

Notes 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Curtis did eventually become a Muthaiga member, in 1964, and listed the club in his Who’s Who entry alongside the Garrick and the Travellers in London. Kenyatta’s Country by Richard Cox, Hutchinson, London, 1965. Race categories were highly specific. ’ Pinto was a Goan socialist, active in the African cause, a friend of the Marxist nationalist Oginga Odinga and an occasional journalist. He edited a short-lived paper, PanAfrican, and worked with Kenya’s Gujarati newspaper, the Daily Chronicle.

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