It is with great sadness that I learnt the sad news of the passing of Dr Thandika Mkandawire, who had demonstrated great professionalism in managing CODESRIA, but was also a great humanist, with a strong sense of family. He nurtured us as colleagues and we used to work in a warm and peaceful environment, in mutual respect. He helped us fulfill many of our dreams, and improved our daily lives and well-being.
Thandika, Abdou Aziz Ly, and myself, Hawa Diao, walked into CODESRIA on Tuesday 4th November 1979. From that moment on until he left office, he had remained the same: a major scholar and a great humanist, whom we can never thank enough.
To his family, Andrew (André) and Joshua, and his wife Kaarina, I would like to extend my deepest condolences.
To Abdalla Said Bujra, former Executive Secretary, to Prof. Mahmood Mamdani, Ahmed Mohhidin, Taladidia Thiombiano, to Jimi Adesina, Adebayo Olukoshi, Ebrima Salll to the whole community of researchers, I would like to express my most sincere condolences.
May Thandika Khandawire rest in Heavenly Paradise, in the company of all our lost ones. Amen