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Prof. Iba Der Thiam passes on

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CODESRIA wishes to announce with much sadness the passing on of the Senegalese scholar and statesman, Prof. Iba Der Thiam. Prof. Thiam was a leading scholar of modern Senegalese history and the author of a large corpus of work on labor history and the history of Senegal. He taught at the Université Cheick Anta Diop (UCAD) for decades, including after his retirement. He trained and mentored generations of historians from Senegal as well as other African countries who studied at UCAD. He was actively involved in the work of CODESRIA and was mostly recently the director of the CODESRIA-hosted General History of Senegal project that seeks to produce over 20 volumes on Senegalese history. The first 5 volumes published were the subject of widespread heated debate in the country.

Prof. Thiam’s interest in labor and politics went beyond the purely academic realm. He was also a dedicated labor activist and leading statesman who played important roles in the country’s transition to democratic rule. Once imprisoned for his labor activism and political activities, he went on to serve as a parliamentarian and held the position of First Vice President of the country’s National Assembly. He also served as Minister of National Education from 1983-1988. He was awarded the honor of the Commander of the National Order of the Lion, by President Macky Sall in 2018.

Iba Der Thiam was a Pan-Africanist whose work went far beyond the confines of Senegal. As a Senegalese state Minister, he was involved in the 1987 Dakar Conference/Dialogue that eventually helped to shape later discussions between the African National Congress and the Apartheid Regime in the transition to a free South Africa.

Prof. Thiam will be sorely missed by many including his fellow historians as well as the larger community of scholars in the social sciences and humanities in Africa. CODESRIA wishes to extend its condolences and those of the community it represents to Prof. Thiam’s family, including Marema Toure-Thiam, his spouse who is a current member of CODESRIA’s Scientific Committee. May his soul rest in perfect peace!

CODESRIA invites members of the community to share their condolences with the below form.


Adebajo Adeola Aderayo - 2020-11-01 14:38:47

May the soul of Prof. This rest in perfect peace.God will comfort his family and friends. We will always remember you for your intellectual impacts. Rest on Prof.

Béatrice Faye - 2020-11-01 15:23:23

Je présente mes sincères condoléances à toute sa famille humaine, politique et scientifique. Repose en Paix Professeur

MATUTURU Yvonne - 2020-11-01 15:48:05

Les mots me manquent pour exprimer ma profonde tristesse pour la perte de notre illustre Professeur Iba Der Thiam, un vrai monument historique et géant dans plusieurs domaines dont les sciences sociales et notre beau frère car Marema est ma grande sœur, amie et collègue. Sa famille pleure, le Sénégal et le CODESRIA pleurent, ses amis nous pleurons et toute l’Afrique pleure. Que Dieu ait son âme et réconforte Marema et toute sa famille élargie. Inchallah!!!

Isabel Maria Casimiro - 2020-11-01 16:01:54

My condolences to Professor Marema Tour-Thiam and the family. May his soul rest in peace!

John Otoide - 2020-11-01 16:06:09

You lived a life in which you were greatly obsessed with impacting lives.
Adieu Prof!

- 2020-11-01 17:14:11

Paix à l’âme de Prof. Thiam. Nous sommes très attristés du côté du Burkina Faso. Repose en paix Professeur.
Dr. Kaboré Amado, Historien de l’éducation.

Fousseyni Touré - 2020-11-01 17:39:55

Toutes mes condoléances à la famille du Professeur et à l’ensemble de la communauté intellectuelle du continent africain. Que le tout puissant l’accueille dans son paradis !

Dagoudo Akowedaho Bienvenu - 2020-11-01 18:22:17

Je présente mes sincères condoléances à la famille scientifique de l’Afrique en particulier celle de l’Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar du Sénégal.
Que son âme repose en Paix.
" Professeur Iba Der Thiam, vous nous avez tourné dos pour passer à l’autre côté de la vie mais vos écritures sont avec nous et sont éternelles"

ABDOUGANI YOUMENI - 2020-11-01 18:33:52

Un proverbe africain disait "un sage qui meurt est une bibliothèque qui brûle". Aujourd’hui s’est éteint ce grand maître de la science. Les larmes sont grandes mais nous avons la ferme conviction que le Professeur Iba Der Thiam n’est pas mort, il restera et demeurera au travers de ses oeuvres.

Akwasi Bosompem Boateng - 2020-11-01 19:09:49

Many condolences to the family. May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace.

- 2020-11-02 02:01:18

Paix éternelle. Merci pour tout Professeur. Jam ak jam. Rokhaya enseignante en arts visuels coordonnatrice travaux sous commission Mode

- 2020-11-02 02:47:52

Prof. We will surely miss you....and I am sure that one day we will meet you and you teach us again with our Father in heaven.

Abdul Lamin - 2020-11-02 02:48:17

My heart breaks to hear of the passing of Professor Iba Der Thiam, who was a grandfather figure to many who met him. I had the privilege of meeting him many times at his home in Dakar; always gentle, soft spoken, humble and full of wisdom. My condolences to the entire family, especially his wife, my elder sister, Marema Toure Thiam. May the professor’s gentle soul Rest In Peace and may Allah grant him Al Jannah, Ameena!

Ouro-Agoro Djamilou - 2020-11-02 04:41:51

Toutes nos condoléances à la famille du Professeur.
Vivement que son parcours inspire notre nouvelle génération d’historiens africains.

June Gbàdàmọ́sí - 2020-11-02 08:22:13

May his soul continue to rest. My sincere condolences to the family.

Cecy Balogun - 2020-11-02 12:38:53

May his soul rest in peace. My condolences to his beloved family and the entire CODESRIA family

Noël Obotela Rashidi - 2020-11-03 10:13:06

Sincères condoléances à la famille de l’illustre disparu et la communauté du CODESRIA. Que son âme repose en paix!

Rouamba - 2020-11-03 10:21:53

En ces moments très difficiles pour la famille et les connaissances du Pr Thiam, je voudrais présenter mes sincères condoléances à son épouse, à ses enfants et petits-enfants et à ses proches. Puisse Allah le miséricordieux l’accueillir dans son royaume de paix et de félicité.
En langue Moore, nous disons "Wend na maag tinga yinga; wend na kiit ta told maansum!Wend na goung a sin baase" ( Puisse Dieu l’accueillir dans sa terre fraiche; Puisse-t-il nous envoyer cette fraicheur et que Dieu garde sa postérité)

Firoze Manji - 2020-11-03 21:25:47

Deeply saddened to receive this news. Condolences to the family. The spirit of his work must continue as a tribute to his great contributions.

Fatima Harrak - 2020-11-04 00:25:16

Un grand homme nous a quitté. Mes condoléances attristées à toute la famille d’Iba Der Thiam. Que son âme repose en paix, Amen.

Jacques Tshibwabwa Kuditshini - 2020-11-04 19:01:59

La mort vient encore d’enlever un des nôtres, le professeur Iba Der Thiam s’en est allé. Je présente à sa famille biologique mes tristes condoléances et à l’illustre disparu un suprême adieu.

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- 2021-01-22 18:23:20

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- 2021-02-18 10:04:41

Big thank for keeping African hope alive, always reminding us on rewriting our black cherished history,

Live is free but taxed by death, farewell Prof. Iba Der Thiam.

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