Download e-book for iPad: Birth of a Nation: The Story of a Newspaper in Kenya by Gerard Loughran

By Gerard Loughran

ISBN-10: 1845118383

ISBN-13: 9781845118389

Introduced in Nairobi in 1960, 3 years earlier than the delivery of self sufficient Kenya, the kingdom workforce of newspapers grew up sharing the struggles of an youngster country, agony the soreness of its mess ups 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 through its founding  slogan "The fact shall make you free." The Aga Khan used to be nonetheless a pupil at Harvard college while he made up our minds that a decent and self reliant newspaper will be an important contribution to East Africa's peaceable transition to democracy. The Sunday state and day-by-day country have been introduced in 1960 while independence for Kenya used to be now not a ways over the horizon. They fast proven a name for honesty and fair-mindedness, whereas stunning the colonial and settler institution by way of calling for the discharge of the fellow who may perhaps develop into the nation's first top 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 informed right here: from devoted beginnings to its place this day as East Africa's best newspaper crew.

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Africans were required to carry around their necks the hated kipande (an employment card bearing their fingerprints), were not allowed to grow coffee or other cash crops and, however unlikely the prospect seemed at the time, were barred by law from owning company shares. As late as 18 months before independence, high society was reminiscent of the Raj in India. Ian Raitt, journalist, broadcaster and PR man, wrote in an unpublished memoir: I remember a great ball at Government House given by the Governor.

Hayes and Tebbutt eked out a living by stringing for AFP and British and American newspapers, and by publishing magazines for the Tea Board and the Coffee Board. ‘That was our bread and butter’, Mrs Tebbutt recalled in an interview. ’ When there was not enough money to pay the staff, Hayes managed to secure an overdraft with his bank. W Awori, who came from a family of writers and politicians, one of whom became a VP of Kenya and another chairman of the Nation group. One of the little group’s greatest triumphs was its choice of title.

Said Raphael, ‘The proprietors and the editor were in a colonial time warp. They could not or would not take the measure of the forces at work in Whitehall in terms of imperial disengagement. ’ It was the Standard, not the Nation, whose future was at risk. Thwarted by racism at the English Press and loftily ignored by the Standard, Curtis made contact with Hayes, whom he knew as the News Chronicle’s Nairobi stringer. In an interview years later, Hayes recalled: Michael was accompanying the Aga Khan on his first visit to Africa as Imam of the Ismaili community, handling press relations, and we talked quite a bit.

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