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Siphokazi Magadla Siphokazi Magadla from Makhanda, South Africa wrote on 16th April 2020 at 10:16 am:
Hamba kahle, Mkhonto! I was introduced to your work by my former teacher, Prof Jimi Adesina, who would tell us that you are "the smartest man in Africa!" Thank you the gifts of your intellect and for have been the teacher of our teachers. Although some of us would never meet you in person, through your thinking, the respect and love with which our elders hold you, give us a piece of the person that you were. Rest in power, Mwalimu.
Moses Khisa Moses Khisa from Raleigh, North Carolina wrote on 16th April 2020 at 5:02 am:
Thandika has left behind indelible foot-marks. Many of us have immeasurably benefited from his enormous scholarly work and his distinguished service to mother continent. We'll greatly miss his sharp intellect, kind demeanor, dedicated service, and unique humaneness . Wishing him peace on the other side.
Ndiaye Fatim Ndiaye Fatim from Dakar wrote on 15th April 2020 at 8:19 pm:
C'est avec une immense tristesse que j ai appris le décès de Thandika. la communauté scientifique a perdu un Grand intellectuel qui a beaucoup œuvré pour la science. Nous avons cheminé avec lui pendant longtemps au CODESRIA ou il s est beaucoup donné. Nous avons beaucoup appris de lui, de son humanisme et de sa joie de vivre.Il était a l écoute du personnel local qu il défendait.On ne l oubliera jamais.Que Dieu le tout puissant l acceuille dans son paradis
Adieu Thandika le sénégalais.
Radha Upadhyaya Radha Upadhyaya from Nairobi wrote on 15th April 2020 at 2:33 pm:
While I never got to meet the Professor, I was greatly inspired by his writing including his work on financial reform in SSA.

I quoted the line below by him in my Phd and to date I continue to try to ensure that I work towards changing this irony.

“A major irony of African development history is that the theories and models employed have largely come from outside the continent. No other region of the world has been so dominated by external ideas and models.” Mkandawire and Soludo (1999)
Mshai Mwangola Mshai Mwangola from Nairobi wrote on 15th April 2020 at 1:41 pm:
Today we formally farewell Professor Thandika Mkandawire as his physical body is laid to rest. His prodigious body of intellectual work remains with us, and for that, I am immensely grateful.
As many others, especially my colleagues in CODESRIA, I have been greatly influenced by Thandika, both directly as an individual, and indirectly as a member of the fourth generation of post-colonial academics nurtured by CODESRIA. I have cited his work - my very first publication on "nurturing the fourth generation" was indeed built on his own thinking, cited in this official tribute by CODESRIA's Executive Secretary, Godwin Murunga. I cannot remember how many times I have quoted his pithy, profound, memorable one-liners, especially to my peers and students, whether it be reminding us that we must be careful in negotiating the "networks" of relationships we enter into as African intellectuals, or in understanding what it means to "run as others walk" as we figure out how to meet our historical mission as the different generations engaged in intellectual work. I have used the "confession" he made with regard to his conversion to embracing feminist theories as an introduction to students on epistemic communities, as thinking, debating, engaging communities where the emphasis is not so much to defend positions but to grow together in thinking together. I have returned to his reflections on development and on SAPs to bolster my understanding of the contexts in which I work.
But perhaps my favourite memory of Thandika dates back to my first "real" encounter with him at my very first CODESRIA General Assembly. I have to admit that I was somewhat awed to be in that space with so many of intellectual giants whose names were familiar in bibliographies I was then reading as a graduate student. I was waiting for some friends in the lobby of the hotel, I think the plan was to go out for dinner. Thandika was "presiding" over a group sitting at some chairs in the lobby, engaged in some happy debate on something I can no longer remember. He spotted me standing by myself, called me to join them, mentioning a comment I had made in a session and saying he thought I had made a good point, and seamlessly integrated me into the group. If I remember correctly, when the friend I was waiting for came to the lobby, he insisted that she join us for a while before we went on our way. I learned an important thing about mentoring as a way of life and not an assigned task that day that I have carried through my own understanding and practice of nurturing and being nurtured by colleagues who share a space that I am in.
Farewell Mwalimu. You will be greatly missed - but oh, how so richly blessed we were as a community to have you!