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Obituaries

Obituaries

  • In this tribute to Abdul Raufu Mustapha, his friend and comrade Jibrin Ibrahim remembers a scholar and activist who devoted his life to the burning issues of poverty, inequality and the crumbling social order, all of which have wreaked havoc on Nigerian society. ...

  • Ken Post, who died earlier this year, was a restless Marxist, constantly rethinking questions of theory, rebellion and protest. He worked in and wrote about Africa, the Caribbean and South East Asia – uncovering histories of revolt and struggle. David Seddon praises a rebel who never stopped questioning. ...

  • Peter Waterman, who died on 16 June, remained committed until the very last to internationalism and the key role that labour must play in any transformation to a post-capitalist order. In this obituary for roape.net Peter Cole writes how Waterman appreciated, better than most, the failures of Marxism and the Soviet Union. Writing for years about Africa, Waterman relentlessly promoted international solidarity, as a force, a movement, and a theory. Cole celebrates the exemplary life of a scholar-activist. ...

  • André Tibiri was a central figure in the last two decades of social struggles in Burkina Faso, a charismatic leader of the student and youth movements, an honest and dedicated militant for democracy and social justice, André passed away, aged 46, on 24 May 2017. Bettina Engels celebrates an extraordinary life....

  • In this moving tribute to the writer and teacher Barbara Harlow who has recently died, Christopher J. Lee looks at the work of a women who dared to treat dispersed worlds, such as Palestine, El Salvador, Northern Ireland, and South Africa within a single framework. Harlow wrote about the conditions of political injustice, literature and liberation, writing with passion and commitment about the South African revolutionary Ruth First. ...

  • On 25 March, the activist, researcher and writer Lila Chouli died less than a year after receiving the news that she had an incurable illness. Pascal Bianchini and Leo Zeilig write about the work and life of this committed and determined researcher, who spent years working on Burkina Faso and researching the country's history of resistance and revolutions....

  • From the days they spent together as students at UCLA, Ed Steinhart remembers his comrade and friend Martin Legassick. It was at UCLA that Martin established the first anti-apartheid organisation in Los Angeles, continued his extensive research on South African history and his work on political economy that marked him as a major thinker and leftist writer on the politics of Africa. This is a moving and personal account of friendship and political activism in early 1960s California. ...

  • In this intensely personal and moving celebration of Martin Legassick, John Saul writes about his friend and comrade. It is, John says, to Martin Legassick’s enormous credit that he has kept the banner of real socialist common-sense, of class-struggle common-sense, aloft over and against the banner of capitalist “common-sense.”...

  • Martin Legassick (20 December 1940 – 1 March 2016) was a revolutionary socialist, brilliant researcher, teacher and mentor. He was an outstanding scholar and a pioneer of radical revisionist history in South Africa and a comrade and contributor to ROAPE. Here we post tributes to him and links to some of his work....

  • In this obituary of the academic John Peel, Caroline Ifeka writes how unlike post-modern scholars of religion and change whose cultural constructionism apparently exists in a bubble, floating freely in the writer’s head unanchored to the people in question, John’s analyses were soundly embedded in and integrated with ethnographically rich empirical data....

  • Sam Moyo, who died in car accident in India on 21 November, was a longstanding member and contributor to ROAPE and co-founder and Executive Director of the African Institute for Agrarian Studies (AIAS) in Harare. Here we post three tributes to Sam. A selection of......