In the years since it was established as twin web projection, Alphabetic African Timeline initially commenced as home-grown webproject founded at landmark in November 1992 with the vision of introducing and empowering the African continent through direct and indirect contacts with African governments embassies and heads of missions based in Addis Ababa, the Federal Ethiopian capital, and the chartered seat of the current African Union Commission (AUC).
I have successfully executed it by distributing questionnaires through telefax and the postal mail system, which were filled-out and counter-checked by their respective embassies and missions whose most of them accredited to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (FDRE), and the African Union Commission (AUC) headquarter in Addis Ababa. I reached out through their respective Foreign (External Affairs) offices those without embassies and missions in Addis Ababa. Several government officials, resident career African diplomats in Addis Ababa, and the civic societies in various levels have contributed immensely to this e-Media content. Press reports, pan-African websites and publications are also used as resource and reference materials for this diary to specify timeline figures & facts.
The digitally separated four-colours e-Map of Africa publication entitled, “A to Z of AFRICA, General Information of African Nation States”, have been printed out several times in various size for local use in the past two decades of which had been kept in low profile. As seat of the African Union Commission (AUC), such Afro hypercontent had been considered as an indigenous initiative of its kind, and of course, has won a wide acclamation from governments of African states, the AU General Secretariat and the residing African diplomatic community based in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital and the seat of the African Union Commission (AUC).
The 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, the seat of the African Union Commission (AUC) whose helped us in their outpouring support to achieve in our Afro friendly 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 whose helped us highly 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 (ex-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 abbreviated as 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 highly 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-Transitional Minister of Information at 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 in allowing us their Library facilities to refer freely for over three years.
I also thank The Hon. Mebaa-Selassie Alemu (the late), who’s served as ex-Royal press secretary under the ex-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 countrymen, whose were lent their technical, material assistance and clear advice, thought that it’s a noble African cause, and later on helped us achieve in many ways.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT WITH MY SINCERE GRATITUDE
There are no enough words to fully express my sincere thanks for all collaborative support you have extended to me. I would therefore like to extend my sincere thanks and gratitude to African descents, non-African friends, fellow countrymen and individuals whose they lent me 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 then Ethiopian Minstry of Transport and Communication (EMoTaC), Addis Ababa.
Mr. Wubeshet Demeke, Head, Geographic Information System (GIS), at 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, 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 Principal 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 frankly stress again that I was interrupted with an insults during my door to door approach to gather resource materials for such webproject. Let’s highly hope that such Afro country manuals as Afro Intro and mind empowerment undertaking 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.
Meantime, it’s my kindest notice for Diarists, Writers and Essayists: thanks for your web visits, admiration, well wishes, and for wrote us with helpful suggestions and advice. Limited copyrights can be granted for writers, diarists, historians, essayists and thesists i.e. for a document submitted in support of candidature for an academic degree or professional qualification presenting the author’s research and findings to use or republish any story on this site for any legitimate media purpose as long as your reference is “Alphabetic African Timeline” and any source mentioned in the stories above.
Finally to say, such written articles collected in this volume wrote at my personal capacity and the views expressed in such chronology of African countries should not be attributed in any way onto my colleagues and associates. None of these people should be held responsible for any of such web version’s failings which along with the view expressed in it are entirely of my own. Of course, reasonable back ups have been made by the multi-disciplinary editorial advisory team comprises of various African origins to insure correctness of facts and figures. Thanks for connecting to our professional network, we could add value to eachother and build a further partnership where we could mutually benefit out of it with each interaction on this e-platform.
I count on your continued support!
Chief Executive Editor