Tag Archives: obituary

Papa Wemba’s popularity

Here’s a link to an excellent  background story from “the Beeb” on legendary Congolese musician Papa Wemba’s central  role in the African music and culture scenes through six decades. I was not aware that he led the Sape movement, which has gotten some recent popular attention in the media over the last few years. He became […]

Obituary for John O. Hunwick

The Program of African Studies at Northwestern University shared the sad news of John Hunwick‘s death this week. He may be best known for his discovery of 3,000 privately held manuscripts in Timbuktu in 1999. Northwestern University Professor Emeritus John Owen Hunwick…discovered a treasure trove of historic Arab literature stored in trunks in Timbuktu, Mali, died April 1 […]

André Brink obituary

The South African novelist André Brink died on February 6th, according to the Guardian newspaper on Sunday, February 8, 2015: “André Brink, who has died aged 79, was the first Afrikaans writer to have a book banned by the South African government in the decades when the National party was in power.” The British Council has a biography, […]

Obituary for Terence Ranger

A brief announcement from the British Zimbabwe Society was distributed via H-Africa on January 4, 2015: “Terry Ranger passed away in his sleep last night in his home at Oxford. Marieke was asked by Shelagh to send the news around. May he rest in Light and peace. There is so much to say but let this simple information […]

Ivor Wilks Obituary

The Program of African Studies at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois today announced the sad news that Professor Emeritus Ivor Wilks (African history) died at his home in Wales on October 7, 2014. In 1984, Wilks was appointed Melville J. Herskovits Professor of African Studies by Northwestern, a position he held until his retirement in 1993. From 1961 […]

Obituary for Nadine Gordimer

From Helen T. Verongos published in the New York Times on July 14, comes this obituary for the South African writer Nadine Gordimer who died at 90 on Sunday, July 13th, 2014. She never wrote an autobiography. “Autobiography,” she said in 1963, “can’t be written until one is old, can’t hurt anyone’s feelings, can’t be sued for libel, […]

Kalashnikov dead at 94

Mikhail Kalashnikov, the Siberian born inventor of the “Avtomat Kalashnikova model 1947” or AK-47, an assault rifle that is among the most easily recognized and influential inventions of the 20th century, has died. The gun’s iconic silhouette appears on the flag of Mozambique: .