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Olivia Lwabukuna Olivia Lwabukuna from London wrote on 12th May 2020 at 10:58 pm:
What an amazing man and memory. I met him in Cape Town, He was a keynote speaker at the TRALAC ANNUAL CONFERENCE. Very humble, very knowledgeable in African political economy, and to the point. He was always an African, very connected to the continent. As an Africanist and a lawyer, a daughter of Tanzania, South Africa, Swaziland, Kenya and many other African countries, I have always looked up to people like Thandika Mkandawire, Issa Shivji (who incidentally guest taught constitutional law at Tumaini Makumira when I taught there), Adebayo Olukushi (a constant key note speaker at the Africa Institute in South Africa where I worked for years) and many more contemporary Africanists, Mazrui, Mamdani, Adesina, Adebajo, adesanmi. There are many more, but I most respect the ones who stay close to Africa in mind and deeds.

From the spaces I find myself in, we need more Africans to speak for Africa. Our agency, our narratives our very future needed people like you to prepare people like me.

Rest in Peace, ulale salama, Hamba Kahle Mwalimu na Shujaa!!
Prof. Isaac Nnamdi Obasi Prof. Isaac Nnamdi Obasi from Abuja wrote on 28th April 2020 at 9:34 pm:
It is with eternal gratitude to God that I consider myself privileged to be among distinguished intellectuals across Africa and the world that are paying glowing and befitting tribute to Prof. Thandika Mkandawire. I remember him with a spirit of gratitude also for creating the opportunity in CODESRIA that enabled me to become one of the lucky few that secured the Small Grant for Ph.D Thesis Writing in 1988. The award inspired me greatly to soar in my academic career. Prof. Mkandawire was a remarkable intellectual giant that provided the academic fertilizer that enabled many other intellectuals to grow and soar in Africa and beyond. May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace.
Jacques TSHIBWABWA KUDITSHINI Jacques TSHIBWABWA KUDITSHINI wrote on 24th April 2020 at 10:30 pm:
Monsieur le Secrétaire Exécutif du CODESRIA, cher Godwin Murunga,
Mesdames et Messieurs les Membres du CODESRIA,

Cher-e-s collègues
Je viens d’apprendre la mort de Thandika Mkandawire, économiste de renommée internationale, professeur et universitaire originaire du Malawi. Ce décès intervient dans un contexte particulier déjà chargé de tristesses et d’émotions, parce qu’il survient au moment où nos blessures ne se sont pas encore refermées du fait de la disparition du professeur Samir Amin qui nous a quittés il y a seulement quelques mois. Le professeur Thandikak était un membre très influent du et au CODESRIA. Il est parmi les personnalités et figures emblématiques qui ont donné une âme et un esprit au Conseil. Thandika était un monument de la pensée, un mentor et un économiste de classe exceptionnelle dont les écrits ont constitué une source d’inspiration pour plusieurs chercheurs africains et étrangers. Thandika fait partie de la classe des chercheurs africains qui ont fait de la décolonisation des sciences sociales et humaines africaines leur cheval de bataille et qui ont milité pour casser les fractures épistémologiques et instaurer une diversité épistémique. En tant que membre du Comité Exécutif du CODESRIA, je salue la mémoire et l’œuvre immense de cet érudit qui vient de nous quitter au moment où l’on avait encore besoin de ses services et présente, à l’occasion, mes tristes condoléances à la famille biologique de Thandika Mkandawire, et à toute la communauté africaine des chercheur-e-s.

Que Dieu puisse avoir en repos l’âme de celui que nous appelions affectivement Mkandawire pour les uns ou Thandika pour les autres.

Jacques TSHIBWABWA KUDITSHINI
Université de Kinshasa/Université de Paris 8
Oluyele Akinwalie Akinkugbe Oluyele Akinwalie Akinkugbe from HALIFAX wrote on 23rd April 2020 at 11:10 pm:
Rest in Perfect Peace Thandika. Africa and its Development appreciates what you stood for, worked hard for, wrote about, and whose course you are propagating, even in the heavens. You are fondly remembered.
Michael Cross Michael Cross from Johannesburg wrote on 23rd April 2020 at 10:41 pm:
We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of the greatest intellectuals and leaders this continent has produced. He remains one of the most inspiring role models for all young scholars across the world. He was humble enough to spare some time to share his ideas with my students during the several times he visited South Africa. We will miss him. Michael, Ali Mazrui Centre for Higher Education Studies