Globally-respected African scholar, Prof. Ali Mazrui, is dead

Prof. Ali Mazrui... Photo Credit: via google

One of Africa’s most respected scholars and political writers, Kenyan Professor Ali Mazrui has died in the United States, the Kenyan media are reporting. He was 81.

The reports say he died on Sunday night.

Kenya Daily, The Standard, quoted Mombasa Senator, Hassan Omar and Governor Hassan Joho as confirming  the death and the preparations to bury him in Mombasa.

Mr. Joho, according to the paper, said the Coast region had lost a great man, a scholar, academic professor of Islamic and African studies.

“My friend Professor Ali Mazrui, your intellect amazed the world,” he reportedly said.

The paper also quoted Muhuri’s Khalif Khelif as saying the late Prof.  Mazrui had been unwell.

“He had wished to be buried in Mombasa’s historical Fort Jesus area,” The Standard quoted Mr. Khelif as saying. “Plans are underway to fly the body here.”

Prof Mazrui, 81, was born on February 24, 1933 in Mombasa, Kenya.

He was a foremost political writer and intellectual on African and Islamic studies and North-South relations, according to his entry on Wikipedia.

“Mr. Mazrui studied at schools in Mombasa, in Kenya. He obtained his B.A. with Distinction from Manchester University in Great Britain in 1960, his M.A. from Columbia University in New York in 1961, and his doctorate (DPhil) from Oxford University (Nuffield College) in 1966.

“Upon completing his education at Oxford University, Mazrui joined Makerere University (Kampala, Uganda), where he served as head of the Department of Political Science and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences.

“He served at Makerere University until 1973, when he was forced into exile by Idi Amin.

“In 1974, he joined the faculty of the University of Michigan as professor and later was appointed the Director of the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies (1978–1981).

“In 1989, he was appointed to the faculty of Binghamton University, State University of New York as the Albert Schweitzer Professor in the Humanities and the Director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies (IGCS).

“He is an Albert Schweitzer Professor in the Humanities and the Director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies at Binghamton University in Binghamton, New York.”

Read more about the late professor here.



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  • Shola

    RIP, prof. Dunno you but encounter quotes from you often.

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      How could someone like you know Prof. Ali Mazrui?

      You need to be educated first.

      • Shola

        I had a formal education, pig! I am off the science stock. Your useless father couldn’t give you that, hence the mass literacy programme. Slave!

        • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

          Of course, it is obvious you are “off” any decent stock!

          Why would I think otherwise?

          Thanks for the confirmation, cretin.

          • Shola

            E dey pain you, pig? In your next life, try and have a useful father. Slave!

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            Are you still on your knees in front of your father sucking his dry manhood?

            Sounds like it from the muffled gruntings coming from you!!

  • tuco

    May your soul RIPP. We have watched several of your documentaries since we were kids, benefited and learned alot from that. Your indeed an a legendary icon that can never be forgotten.

  • K.Seriki

    One of the most respected African intellectual giant has joined
    the ancestors. Dr. Mazrui was a pan-Africanist, a philosopher
    and most importantly an educator. Dr. Mazrui was the creator of the television series The Africans:
    A Triple Heritage, which was jointly produced by the BBC and PBS. This is one of my favorite documentaries
    I enjoyed watching in the 80’s.The program not only focus on African history
    but emphasis on the colonial impact on African development and the post traumatic
    colonization syndrome the continent continue to suffers. Dr. Mazrui was such a
    humble man and so down to earth. I remember meeting him at JFK airport in the 90’s
    and I was so excited and so happy to meet this African giant. He was approachable
    and a pleasant man to meet. I couldn’t
    resist asking him if he could take a picture with me and my family. At that
    time, my son was only one year and few months old. Even though he was on his
    way to catch a flight, he gladly and patiently took a picture with my family. Dr.
    Mazrui would never be forgotten and his work will continue to impact
    generations of Africans.