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. From then on, we have moved from heights to heights.
The leadership of Dr. Chakava gained international recognition when Oxford Brooks University honoured him with a doctorate for his indefatigable contribution to publishing not only in the African continent, but also on the international scene. EAEP has grown by leaps and bounds to be the leading school and general publisher in the region; with books covering areas of education, culture, development, aesthetics, literature, drama and poetry. Our collection of literature books in English, Kiswahili and indigenous languages continue to inspire generations of readers year after year.