M&G takes on Africa

2014-05-20 17:33

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Johannesburg - Mail & Guardian Media Ltd launched Mail & Guardian Africa in Nairobi, Kenya, on Tuesday, the media organisation said.

"From our Nairobi headquarters, and with all the social tools we can muster, Mail & Guardian Africa will be home to every African voice imaginable," editor Charles Onyango-Obbo said in a statement.

The digital news platform would deliver news and information through mobile technology to readers aged between 30 and 40, with a college education in both Africa and abroad.

Onyango-Obbo was formerly the co-founder of Uganda's leading independent title The Monitor and later appointed executive editor for Africa and the Digital Media Division of the Nation Media Group.

He is also a member of the board of directors of the Institute of Economic Affairs in Kenya and has published three books.

Mail & Guardian Media editor-in-chief Chris Roper said the new African news platform was "a very necessary addition to the journalism landscape of the continent".

It would focus largely on news analysis, insight, commentary, and investigative journalism on the continent.

Deputy chair Trevor Ncube said: "I think nothing is more emblematic of how little influence Africa has wielded in world affairs than the fact that even Africans themselves rely on non-African media to know what is going on in their own backyard."

Anastacia Martin, who was appointed managing director of the Mail & Guardian Africa, said the news platform would focus on being a world class pan-African news and information provider.

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