EAP Secretariat's Archive
1998 August 1
Statement from the Secretariat
Regarding the Afropaedia, Encarta Africana, and the
Acting Director of the Secretariat
Encyclopaedia Africana Project
Accra, Ghana, West Africa
I would like to state here that the
Encyclopaedia Africana Project which was established in Ghana, in 1962, personally by Dr.
W.E.B. Du Bois, has nothing to do with either the Encarta Africana [Microsoft Corporation]
or the Afropaedia [Harvard University].
The Encyclopaedia Africana Project still
exists in Accra,
Ghana, West Africa. It is a Pan African Project which has earned
Observer Status with the Organisation of African Unity (OAU).
The Secretariat has successfully published
the first three (3) volumes of Encyclopaedia Africana®™ .
The Project is at the moment beset with
financial problems, hence the slow pace of the publication of the additional volumes
to complete the 20-volume set.
Africa has the scholars to write about its
own people. But, we cannot do this without a sound financial base. We
therefore welcome help from
genuine friends of Africa in order to carry on this legacy left for us by the late,
Dr. Du Bois.
Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois had
his own reasons why he decided to
transfer this legacy of the Encyclopaedia Africana Project to the continent of
NOT the United
We in Africa are prepared to carry on with
this legacy, no matter the obstacles.
Once again, I thank you sincerely for
enlightening us on the latest developments in the US.