Launch of book about Ali Mazrui

A BOOK commemorating the life and work of Ali Mazrui was launched at the University of Johannesburg on Thursday 20 March 2017. The launch was hosted by IPATC and African Perspectives Publishing, in partnership with the UJ Library.

Entitled A Giant Tree Has Fallen: Tributes to Ali Mazrui, the book comprises more than 130 tributes by people ranging from presidents to the press. It also features a preface by the co-editors – Seifudein Adem, Jideofor Adibe, Abdul Karim Bangura, and Abdul Samed Bemath – and a foreword by Salim Ahmed Salim, former Secretary-General of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). Details are as follows:

The launch was chaired by Rose Francis, of African Perspectives Publishing. It started with the screening screening of the documentary The Africans: In Search of Stability, followed by a dialogue session. The speakers were:

  • Abdul Bemath, Ali Mazrui’s Bibliographer, Johannesburg
  • Prof Mathatha Tsedu, School of Literature, Language, and Media, University of the Witwatersrand
  • Prof Gilbert Khadiagala, Department of International Relations, University of the Witwatersrand
  • Prof Adekeye Adebajo, Director, Institute for Pan-African Thought and Conversation, University of Johannesburg
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Obama’s Africa legacy


ON 7 February 2017, IPATC hosted a Public Dialogue on ‘Obama’s Africa Legacy: a Triumph of Symbolism?’

The event provoked considerable interest, and diplomats, academics, students, and others crowded into the Chinua Achebe Auditorium in the UJ Library to listen to introductory presentations by Prof Adekeye Adebajo, Director of IPATC, and John Stremlau, Visiting Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand.

The event started with the screening of a documentary entitled ‘Senator Obama goes to Africa’, followed by the presentations, and a lively discussion. The audience included former first lady Zanele Mbeki and officials from the embassies of the US, Sweden and Nigeria.

The Dialogue was chaired by Prof Chris Landsberg, holder of the NRF Chair for African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy at UJ. For media coverage, click here.

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