His Highness the Aga Khan to Deliver the Founder’s Address at the Pan African Media Conference


Nairobi, Kenya, 17-19 March 2010 – His Highness the Aga Khan is in Kenya to deliver the Founder’s Address at the inaugural Pan Africa Media Conference. The conference marks the 50th Anniversary of the Nation Media Group, which was founded by His Highness in 1960. Themed “Media and the African Promise”, the conference is a collaboration of the Africa Media Initiative and the Nation Media Group and will reflect on the African media’s past, present and prospects for the future against the challenges of a dynamic globalised environment.

Program Details 

Opening Reception Launch of the Reporting Development Network Africa
(RDNA – A Highway Africa Project)

  • Chris Kabwato, Director, Highway Africa
  • Prof. Fackson Banda, Chair, RDNA Advisory Board & SABMiller Chair: Media & Democracy, School of Journalism, Rhodes University
  • Susan Byrnes, Deputy Director, Public Affairs and Communications, Global Development Policy and Advocacy, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Thursday 18th March 2010 8.15 am – 9.15am Opening Ceremony Programme

1. Entertainment / Film – A 50-year media journey
2. Arrival of Chief Guests
3. Programme introduction by conference coordinator – Jeff Koinange

 10.00 am – 11.00 am

  1. Welcome messages by:
  • Nation Media Group Chief Executive Officer Linus Gitahi
  • Africa Media Initiative (AMI) Executive Director Amadou Mahtar Ba
  • Minister for Information and Communication Hon. Samuel Poghisio
  • H.H. the Aga Khan, NMG Founder’s Speech – Media and the Africa Promise –Lessons learnt in the last 50 years for NMG and modern journalism in Africa, and the voices that have been locked out and need to be heard.
  • H.E. President Mwai Kibaki Keynote Address and Official Opening of the Conference  

11.00 am – 12.15 am 1st Eminent Persons Round Table Session:-
Topic: Expanding political participation
: What political leaders, the media and civil society can collaborate in to solve the big issues confronting Africa in the 21st Century.


  1. H.E. President Paul Kagame, President Republic of Rwanda
  2. H.E. Benjamin Mkapa, Former President, United Republic of Tanzania
  3. Hon. Raila Odinga, Prime Minister Government of Kenya
  4. Prof Wangari Maathai, internationally acclaimed environmentalist and Nobel Peace Laureate

Source: PAN Africa, AKDN

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