Alphabetic African Timeline had been projected as twin twin projects through direct and indirect contacts with governments of African states. I have successfully executed it by distributing questionnaires through telefax & the postal system, which were filled-out and verified by their respective embassies and heads of missions whos most of them accredited to the African Union Commission (AUC), headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I reached out through their respective Foreign (External Affairs) offices those without embassies and head of missions in Addis Ababa. Several government officials, resident African diplomats in Addis Ababa, and civic societies in various levels have contributed immensely to this content. Media-reports, pan-African websites and publications are also used as resource and reference materials for this Diary to specify figures & facts in timeline. The Map-poster entitled, “A to Z of AFRICA, General Information on the African states”, was printed locally in 60cm x 84cm size for local use in 1993 and 1995 calendar years, of which had been successfully kept in low profile. As seat of the African Union Commission (AUC), had been considered as an indigenous initiative of its kind, and of course, has won a wide acclamation from governments of African states, and the African diplomatic community based in Addis Ababa, the seat of the African Union Commission.
authors and proprietors of this e-platform would like to thank all the numerous people of countrymen and the African diplomatic community based in Addis Ababa, seat of the African Union Commission (AUC), and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), whose helped us in their outpouring support to achieve in our webproject. We humbly acknowledge the technical and material assistance from various agencies and individuals in the preparation of such web platform.
It’s therefore hoped that this blanket expression of gratitude will be acceptable to the scores of, residing career African diplomats, academicians, politicians, journalists, basic educationists, and ICT professionals helped us such e-platform make work possible.
I wish, however to specifically mention the assistance and encouragement given to me by the Secretariat of the ex-Organization of African Unity (OAU), predecessor of the African Union Interim Commission (AUIC), External Affairs ministries of African states, embassies and heads of diplomatic missions of the African governments based in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital and the seat of the African Union Commission (AUC), and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), whose were helped us in their outpouring support and assistance to achieve in our webproject, we humbly acknowledge once again the technical and material assistance in the preparation of such web e-platform.
Their co-operation and understanding during my correspondences and embassy-to-embassy approach to resource materials gathering for this web version was appreciable.
A special word of thanks is given to Ambassador Daniel Antonio (Mozambique), ex-Deputy Interim Commissioner for HRS, Technology & Conferences, and Dr. Negasso Gidada Solon (the late) ex-Minister of Information of the Transitional Government of Ethiopia (existed from 1992 to 1995).
I equally appreciate the support of Dr. Ibrahim Dagash Ibrahim (Sudan), Mr. Justin Bright Thundu (Malawi) and Mr. Desmond Thomas Orjiako (Nigeria) of the Press and Information Department of the ex-OAU and the AU Interim commission, the predecessor of the current African Union Commission (AUC), without whose voluntary support this webproject would have remained an Ariel dream.
I am also thankful and grateful to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the Ethiopian National Meteorological Services Agency (ENMSA) for their good offices, whose allowed us their Library facilities to use freely for over three years.
I also thank The Right Honorable Mebaa-Selassie Alemu (the late), ex-Royal press secretary served under the special cabinet of His Majesty the ex-emperor of Ethiopia, for his invaluable advice and genuine guidelines. As always, I would like to express my sincere thanks and gratitude to fellow humble countrymen, whose were lent technical, material assistance and clear advice, thought that it’s noble African cause, and later on helped us achieve in many ways.
I would therefore like to extend my sincere thanks and gratitude to fellow African friends and countrymen whose lent clear advice, material assistance, and their help towards to my achievement in many ways.
Mr. Kinfe Haile Mariam, Senior Expert at the National Meteorological Services Agency (NMSA), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Mr. Woldie Nidaw, ex-Senior Transport expert at the Ethiopian Minstry of Transport and Communication (EMoTaC), Addis Ababa.
Mr. Wubeshet Demeke, former head of Geographic Information System (GIS), at the Ethiopian Water Resources Development Authority (EWRDA), Addis Ababa.
Mr. Geta Makonnen, Owner & MD of Tewanney Design & Graphics Studio, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Mr. Fahmi Rammadan, Technical Director at Tewanney Design & Graphics Studio, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Mr. Saeed Ahmed Mohamoud nicknamed, Saeedo, e-Media consultant who’s currently resides in Hargeissa, northeastern Somalia.
Mr. Tesfu Nigussie nicknamed, Blacky, owner and manager of Blacky Restaurant & Lounge, Nairobi, Kenya.
The Executive Editor, would like to gratefully thank them once again for their clear advice which that helped us achieve a positive outcome. Of course, I have to stress again that I was interrupted with an insults during my door to door approach to gather and resource materials for such webproject. And let’s highly hope that such Afro country manuals as e-platform are good too. The citizens of various African countries require and want to know more about the African continent as a whole, and make a difference.
Finally tp say, such written articles collected in this volume wrote at my personal capacity and the views expressed in such a chronology of African countries should not be attributed in any way onto my colleagues.
None of these people should be held responsible for any of this web version’s failings which, along with the view expressed in it are entirely of my own. Of course, reasonable backing have been made by the multi disciplinary editorial advisory team comprise of various African origins to insure correctness of facts and figures. I count on your continued support!
Chief Executive Editor,
ALPHABETIC AFRICAN TIMELINE