The Missionary Factor in East Africa

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For those who have no personal knowledge of East Africa it may be helpful to know that the vowels in African words and place-names are pronounced as in Italian; also that the meanings of Bantu word-roots are amplified by prefixes, of which those relevant to this book are: U- and Bu-, signifying place; A-, Wa- and Ba-, signifying people; Ki-, Lu- and Chi-, signifying language. Thus, if we take the word 'Nyamwezi', which is the name of the tribal group living round Tabora in Central Tanganyika, the people are Wanyamwezi, the country is Unyamwezi, and the language is Kinyamwezi. If these rules are borne in mind, the only names that need cause confusion are Uganda and Buganda. Ganda is the name of a tribal group inhabiting the northern shores of Lake Victoria. The people are Baganda; their country is Buganda. But the Arab traders and early European travellers used the Kiswahili form of the locative and called it Uganda, and this word was later used to designate the whole area of the British Protectorate, which includes many other tribal areas than Buganda proper. In this book Buganda has been used for the tribal area, Uganda only for the wider region, of which Buganda is a part. It is also important to remember that from 1895 till 1919 'British East Africa' meant the area now known as Kenya. The new name was adopted to eliminate confusion when the greater part of the former German East Africa became the British mandated territory of Tanganyika.

A. Africa: Journal of the Inter-preserved at the Public
national African Institute.Record office.
AFER.Africanae Fraternae Ephem- IRM.International Review of
erides Romanae.Missions.
A.I.M.Africa Inland Mission.(KP)Sir John Kirk's copies of
AMZ.Allgemeine Missionszeit-Foreign Office prints deposi-
schrift.ted at Rhodes House, Oxford.
CA. Central Africa. L.M.S. London Missionary Society.
CMI.Church Missionary Intelli-MC.Missions Catholiques.
gencer.U.M.C.A.Universities Mission to Cen-
CMR.Church Missionary Review.tral Africa.
C.M.S. Church Missionary Society.U.M.M.United Methodist Mission.
C.S.M.Church of Scotland Mission.ZMW.Zeltschrift für Mission-
F.O.Foreign office correspondenceswissenschaft.


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