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In Memory

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 please click here.

Please note that entries 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.

Jane I. Guyer (1943-2024)

The African Studies Association community mourns the loss of Dr. Jane I. Guyer, 2012 ASA Distinguished Africanist and lifetime member […]

Bruce J. Berman (1942-2024)

It is with great sadness that we share the news of former ASA President Dr. Bruce Berman’s passing earlier this […]

Hassana Alidou (1963-2023)

We regret to inform the wider ASA community that Her Excellency, Hassana Alidou, transitioned peacefully on June 10, 2023. Please […]

Lansiné Kaba (1941-2023)

It is with regret that we inform the ASA community of Lansiné Kaba’s passing. As ASA Past President (1999 – […]

Felix Ekechi (1934-2023)

A TRIBUTE TO PROFESSOR FELIX EKECHIfrom Toyin Falola Professor Felix Ekechi, an eminent historian, died on July 14, 2023, at 89. He […]

Keith Weghorst (1984-2023)

– Natalie Letsa & Jeffrey Paller of African Politics Conference Group (APCG) Keith Weghorst died on March 30, 2023 after […]

Micere Githae Mugo (1942-2023)

Another African Literary Giant Gone The death has just been announced of Dr. Micere Githae Mugo, Kenyan literary notable, activist, […]

Ama Ata Aidoo (1942-2023)

The ASA Women’s Caucus celebrates the life and work of Professor Ama Ata Aidoo, our beloved sister, mother, and aunty. […]

Mae C. King (1939-2022)

Dr. Mae C. King, Professor Emerita of Political Science at Howard University, died November 4, 2022. She was the first […]

Margaret Jean Hay (1943-2022)

It is with great sadness that we inform the African Studies Center community of the passing of former Editor of […]
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