EAEP started in 1965 when two British publishers, Heinemann and Cassell, formed groundwork for publishing in Nairobi. In those days, the whole of Africa used to be a marketplace where books published in European metropolises were transported to and sold.
In 1968, Heinemann Educational Books (EA) Limited changed its name to Heinemann (Kenya) Ltd when part of it became locally owned. In 1972, our company Chairman, Dr. Henry Chakava, was appointed as the first African Editor at Heinemann. He took this opportunity to start publishing titles by local authors for schools, mid-level colleges, universities and the general reading public. In 1992, twenty four years after the company started, EAEP became the first multinational publishing firm to enjoy full local ownership, and thereby changed its name to East African Educational Publishers.