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Remembering our Trailblazers

This page is dedicated to our dearly departed colleagues and friends, whose hard work and commitment to the study of Africa contributed significantly to the production and exchange of knowledge on Africa. The tireless work of these individuals has profoundly impacted and changed narratives about Africa and Africans for the better, which in turn has changed attitudes and approaches toward studying and engaging the continent. We honor and thank them for their hard work.

If you would like to submit an obituary or tribute to this page please click here.

Please note that obituaries and tributes will be accepted and posted on a rolling basis, and need not be for recent deaths. Submissions will be accepted for any individual acknowledged to have made a positive contribution to the study of Africa as a scholar, practitioner, artist, politician, peace maker, etc.

Jan-Georg Deutsch

Jan-Georg Deutsch passed away on December 22, 2016.

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Isidore Okpewho (1942-2016)

Isidore Okpewho passed away on September 4, 2016. He was 74 years old.

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Alain Ricard (1945-2016)

Alain Ricard passed away on Saturday, August 27, 2016. He was a dear friend a colleague who will be missed by everyone who had the honor of sharing his passion for ideas, travel, friendship, Africa, literature, theater and so much more.

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Elizabeth Colson (1917-2016)

Elizabeth Colson passed away in July 2016.

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Sam Moyo (1954-2015)

Sam Moyo passed away on November 21, 2015, following a car accident in New Delhi, India.

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George Houser (1916-2015)

George Houser passed away on August 19, 2015.

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Stephen Ellis (1953-2015)

Professor Stephen Ellis passed away on July 29, 2015.

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Jack Goody (1919-2015)

Professor John "Jack" Goody passed away on July 16, 2015.

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John Hunwick (1936-2015)

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Said S. Samatar (1943-2015)


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Terence Ranger (1929-2015)


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Robert Gregory (1924-2014)

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Jeff Guy (1940-2014)


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