It is with immense shock and deep sadness that the African community at the University of Oxford learns of the passing of Abdul Raufu Mustapha, a luminary Oxford Professor of African Politics and who also served as a the long-time Patron of the Society.
Prof Mustapha has been a towering intellectual voice and pillar of support to the many Africans who have come through the doors of Oxford University over the years. He will be remembered by his unwavering dedication to the African Society, a fact demonstrated not only by his openness in attending to the Society’s needs as Patron but also through being instrumental in the establishment of the Oxford Africa Conference in 2011, an initiative he has continued to support until his untimely death.
Prof Mustapha’s commitment to Africa and all her people will be deeply missed. Indeed, with his passing, not only has a library of knowledge been burnt to the ground but the Oxford Africa Community has lost a father, brother, mentor, friend and compatriot. We extend our deepest sympathies to Prof. Mustapha’s wife, Kate, their children and the entire family. We mourn together with you and may you find peace and comfort.
Ndjodi Ndeunyema, President
The Oxford University Africa Society