EAP History Archive
from President Kaunda
First President of the Republic
of Zambia (1964 thru 1973)
Authored in 1977
For centuries there have been in Africa many things and events of great
significance to the world which are now beginning to be treated seriously by scholars all
over the world.
Up to now, it has been a matter of no little regret to many of us in
Africa that not only have Africa's many and varied contributions to the social, cultural,
political, educational, scientific, and technological development of our universe been
underestimated and on many occasions even consciously distorted, but much of what is in
print has been written with a foreign slant.
Encyclopaedia Africana, I see an opportune and welcome moment
for Africa to reveal the genius of her people, their history, culture, and institutions,
their achievements as well as their shortcomings.
I have great faith in what the
done, and in its continuing efforts. And it is, therefore, with much personal
satisfaction that I welcome the first volume of what it is my earnest hope is only the
first of many more to come.