Oxford University Press East Africa Ltd. is a leading educational publisher in the Eastern and Central Africa region. It is a branch of the International Division of Oxford University Press.
The branch was started in 1954 in Nairobi, Kenya, as an editorial and sales office. Warehouses were established in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Kampala, Uganda.
OUP East Africa set the pace in local publishing with the legendary Introduction to East African Poetry and the innovative Progressive Peak English Course. These successful courses were soon followed by Modern Christian Living and GOAL Secondary English.
An authority in reference books publishing, OUP East Africa published the first edition of Kamusi ya Kiswahili Sanifu, a Kiswahili dictionary for schools and general use in 1981. This was followed by Kamusi ya Semi za Kiswahili (a dictionary of Swahili sayings).
In 1997, OUP East Africa soared to new heights in educational publishing by launching the authoritative English teaching and learning course, New Progressive Primary English. Other course books such as Science in Action and Progressive Primary Mathematics were also added to the growing backlist.
With a fast-growing list of high quality user-friendly books, OUP East Africa has maintained market leadership in the region.