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Death announcement: Dr Tajudeen Abdul-raheem

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  1. Invisible

    Invisible Admin Staff Member

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    It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of the United Nations Millennium Campaign Deputy Director and a leading Pan-Africanist Dr. Tajudeen Abdul-raheem. He passed away in a road accident on his way to launch a maternal health campaign in Kigali, Rwanda. The accident happened early this morning (25th May 2009) on Mombasa road en-route to Jomo Kenyatta airport, Nairobi, Kenya.

    Dr. Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem joined the UN Millennium Campaign in March, 2006 as the Deputy Director for Africa. His primary role was to lead the Africa team in inspiring citizens across Africa to become more proactive in engaging their leaders to the delivery of the Millennium Development Goals.

    Dr. Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem is recognized for his outspokenness and strong leadership role in campaigning for global justice, good governance, public accountability, human rights, democracy, regional integration and Pan Africanism.

    He has also been a freelance journalist, writer and political analyst writing regularly on contemporary Africa in newspapers, magazines, journals and radio and was analyst for the BBC's World Service Programmes on Africa both in Hausa and English, Radio France International, Voice of America (VOA). He is the founding co-ordinator of the London-based Africa Research and Information Bureau (ARIB) and also editor of its journal, Africa World Review. He is better known on the internet and in the Print Media for his syndicated weekly column, TAJUDEEN’s POSTCARD’ which is widely circulated online and is published in several News Papers in different countries in Africa.

    Until his death, he was serving as a Trustee, Board member or Patron of many Civil society organisations and charities including the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), Justice Africa, Hauwa Memorial College and Pan African Development Education and Advocacy Programme. He was also the Secretary to the Advisory Committee of the Abuja Based Media Trust Group of Newspapers’ “African Person of the Year Award which recognises Africans who have made real contribution to the development of Africa in the preceding year.

    Prior to joining the Millennium Campaign he was the General Secretary of the Pan African Movement Secretariat in Kampala, Uganda and Co –Director of the London Based human Rights and Peace organisation, Justice AFRICA.

    Dr Abdul-Raheem, was born in 1961 in Funtua, Katsina State, Nigeria. He was educated at Government Schools in Funtua from where he went to Bayero University, Kano, where he graduated with a first class honours degree in Political Science in 1982. He was winner of The Federal Government of Nigeria's Merit Award as the best student of Political Science between 1980-1982 at Bayero University. After his National Youth Service, Tajudeen was elected Rhodes Scholar for Nigeria and preceded to St. Peter's College, Oxford University, United Kingdom, where he obtained a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Politics.

    In his condolence message, UN Millennium Campaign Director Salil Shetty said that Africa had suffered a huge irreplaceable loss as a result of the sad incident.

    “Taju was amongst Africa’s foremost voices for pan Africanism and social justice, both inside and outside the continent and his weekly post card and columns in about 10 major African newspapers made him known to virtually everybody in Africa and friends of Africa across the world, he said Noting that Dr. Tajudeen Taju has over the last four years tirelessly campaigned for African leaders to keep their commitment to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and poverty eradication by 2015, he added “Dr. Tajudeen’s towering intellect, moral fibre and courage of conviction allowed him to speak truth to power like nobody could. It is ironical that on Africa Day (25 May) Africa has lost one of its greatest voices and the Millennium Development Goals, its most credible advocate in Africa,”.

    He will be laid to rest at his ancestral home in Funtua, Katsina State, Nigeria on 26th May, 2009. UN staff, civil society campaigners and grassroot activists will pay there last respects at the Lee Funeral Home in Nairobi, today at 1 p.m.
  2. WomanOfSubstance

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    R.I.P Dr Tajudeen..surely we will miss everything about you especially your analytical treatises.
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    R.I.P. Dr. Tajudeen. Another major loss to the continent.
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    May god rest him in piece!!
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    inna lillah wa inna 'ilayhi raji'un
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    Oh, sad new! Mungu awatie nguvu wafiwa hasa mke na watoto.
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    REST IN PEACE DOCTOR!you have finally seen THE OTHER SIDE OF LIFE!
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    This is indeed a cruel act that has denied Africa one of its most industrious son. I really liked to read his many articles and to me this man has been an insipiration. His intellect was beyond doubt as his debating skills. In the late 1990 he was a regular panelist on Capital Radio, Kampala, Uganda and he was simply examplary when he opened his mouth to speak. His articles in the Weekend African Newspapers will be greatly missed. May the lord rest his soul in eternal piece!
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    RIP Pan Africanist!

    Hizi ajali jamani zinatumaliza!!!
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    Sana mkuu... Inasikitisha, lakini taratibu tutafika!
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    Oh very sad indeed. I'll really miss his articles on Pan Africanism. May God rest his soul in eternal peace.
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    My friend, my Mentor,
    Son of Africa!
    I am very sad indeed!
    Nawapa pole wafiwa.
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    Mungu ailaze roho ya marehemu pema
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    Jamani jivi kwa nini watu muhimu wanakufa saa na wakati ambao tunawahitaji sana??? Hizi ajali zitatumaliza. R.I.P Dr.
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    Dr. Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem dies


    From a Nigerian news site:

    Political scientist and pan-African campaigner Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem died this morning in a car accident on his way to Nairobi Airport. He was planning a trip to Rwanda.

    A regular commentator on African affairs, Dr. Abdul-Raheem's essays and articles appeared in books and essays and his weekly column on African issues ‘Tajudeen's Postcard', was published online and in print.

    His career spanning over 20 years, was international in scope including the post of Director of the London-based human rights and peace organisation, Justice AFRICA; General Secretary of the Pan-African Movement; Chairman of the Centre for Democracy and Development, based in Abuja and London; and of the Pan-African Development Education and Advocacy Programme (PADEAP) based in Uganda and Nigeria.

    The Oxford-trained activist moved to Nairobi in 2006 as acting Deputy Director (Africa) for the United Nations Millennium Campaign. His role was to ensure the place of the civil society in the global effort against poverty and injustice, a cause he was committed to throughout his career.

    Tributes have been pouring in for Dr. Abdul-Raheem, who, before his death, was campaigning for a peaceful solution to the Migingo island dispute between Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

    He was from Funtua in Katsina State and is survived by his wife Munira , a journalist with the BBC and two children, Aisha and Aida.

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    Mungu amlaze mahali pema peponi..amin.
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    Hii ni repetition - Kuna ile thread ya Death announcement alianzisha Invisible
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    Ab-Titchaz Content Manager Staff Member

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    Nilikua sijaiona bado and I have merged the two together.
    Asante for letting me know.