2011-06-09, Issue 534
The death of Albertina Sisulu has been met with national mourning in South Africa. At age 92, Sisulu, an anti-apartheid struggle icon, had survived the darkest days of apartheid rule. She was banned for a continuous 18-year stretch by the apartheid regime and was separated from her husband, Walter Sisulu, for 25 years while he was in jail. In this article, Shaka Sisulu pays tribute to his 'Gogo'.
Molefi Kete Asante
2011-06-02, Issue 532
‘Abdias do Nascimento defended the oppressed, advanced creativity, sought human community and made our lives better by his art, reason, emotion, and laughter,’ writes Molefi Kete Asante, in a homage to ‘this brother genius who has cherished our history and culture and who has made the life and struggle of the African Brazilian people his personal mission.’
2011-05-25, Issue 531
South African publisher Glenn Cowley, who ran the University of KwaZulu-Natal Press in the period 1998-2009, has passed away. Robert Molteno pays tribute.
(25 December 1959 – 10 May 2011)
2011-05-12, Issue 529
‘Music was not an end result for Bra’ Zim, it was the means to provide healing.’ Aryan Kaganof reflects on the life of South African musician and mentor, Zim Ngqawana, ‘one individual whose life was not going to fit into an obituary.’
8 May 1929 – 12 March 2011
2011-03-17, Issue 521
May Brutus, wife of South African poet-activist Dennis, died suddenly on 12 March in London. ‘Those who knew May will remember a feisty, outspoken and awe-inspiring figure, speaking her mind on racism and injustice wherever she found it,’ writes her son, Tony Brutus.
2011-01-12, Issue 512
Mozambican poet and painter Malangatana Ngwenya passed away on 5 January. Pauline Wynter celebrates the iconic artist who brought the world around him to life.
Odipo Jacob Odhiambo: An obituary
2010-11-24, Issue 507
Following the passing of Odipo Jacob Odhiambo, Philo Ikonya pays tribute to the Kenyan activist and shares personal experiences of their arrest together last year.
2010-11-18, Issue 505
Jacob Odipo’s resilience and resolve for a more equal Kenya was always on full display, writes Raphael Obonyo.
Release Political Prisoners (RPP) Trust
2010-09-30, Issue 498
Comrade Peter Young Kihara, veteran human rights defender, died on 26 September 2010 in Nairobi, Kenya. Kihara played 'a crucial role in constitution making' and showed 'unwavering commitment to work with the poor' at grassroots level, writes the RPP.
2010-09-16, Issue 496
South African writer and academic Lewis Nkosi has died, writes Margaret von Klemperer. ‘He was a fearless critic, a clear analytical voice. He didn’t have to align himself with any group and spoke his mind on both literary and wider cultural issues.’ Nkosi is survived by his wife and two daughters.
Wangui wa Goro
2010-09-16, Issue 496
The sorrow is long But the sparrow must return To the nest He served well And brightened our lives and our thoughts I am sad still And pray that we all find a dry eye With which to remember our giants As they fall Go well Giant Friend You touched our lives!
2010-06-16, Issue 486
In the wake of the recent death of Floribert Chebeya Bahzire, Dave Peterson pays tribute to this revered figure who was ‘undoubtedly Congo’s most prominent, committed and courageous human rights activist’.
2010-05-25, Issue 483
Following the 14 May death of Frederik Van Zyl Slabbert, Isabella Matambanadzo pays tribute to a man who 'believed in human agency and worked tirelessly for it'.
In memoriam: Fatima Meer (1928–2010)
2010-03-17, Issue 474
Fatima Meer, ‘a champion of human rights, an advocate of the poor and disenfranchised, an outstanding academic and author and a woman of impeccable integrity and principles', sadly passed away on 12 March 2010 after a stroke. Lubna Nadvi reflects on her legacy: ‘While there can only be one Fatima Meer, she ignited the imagination of so many others that she came into contact with to fight for a better world. That is perhaps her most enduring contribution.’
2010-03-18, Issue 474
Following the passing of Fatima Meer on 12 March, Ashwin Desai pays tribute to a figure who 'was nothing less than the spiritual leader of the strivings for social justice and equality' in post-1994 South Africa.
Patrick Bond and Orlean Naidoo
2010-03-18, Issue 474
Fatima Meer, one of South Africa’s most senior civil society scholar–activists, died on Friday 12 March. Patrick Bond and Orlean Naidoo pay tribute to the ‘always nimble’ community organiser, with her ability to ‘think and act locally, nationally and globally’, noting: ‘With this beautiful voice silenced, surely our responsibility now is to stand up and shout louder still’.
Release Political Prisoner’s (RPP)
2010-02-25, Issue 471
Ng'ana'a Thiong'o, Kenyan social activist and legal adviser for the people, sadly passed away on 7 February 2010. ‘It is not easy to write a tribute for a true comrade, a revolutionary, an environmentalist, a peoples’ advocate, a principled politician, a global citizen, an intellectual and creative thinker like Ng’ang’a Thiong’o’, writes Stephen Musau.
1922 - 2010
2010-01-29, Issue 468
Howard Zinn, 87, an activist historian whose 'People's History of the United States' resurrected neglected stories of the country's past and became a surprise bestseller in the 1980s and beyond, died of a heart attack on 27 January in Santa Monica, California, where he was on a speaking tour.
Staff and Board at the Oakland Institute
2010-02-04, Issue 468
Howard Zinn, social activist, historian and playwright, passed away at the age of 87, on 27 January 2010. The Oakland Institute remembers him: ‘the world has not only lost a legendary historian but an individual, whose commitment to social and economic justice, peace and internationalism, and passion for telling the truth, can be matched by few others… Indeed the world has lost one of its best teachers.’
Howard Zinn: A tribute to the legendary historian with Noam Chomsky, Alice Walker, Naomi Klein and Anthony Arnove
2010-02-04, Issue 468
In this tribute to Howard Zinn, historian, writer and activist, Democracy Now speaks with ‘those who knew him best: Noam Chomsky, Alice Walker, Naomi Klein and Anthony Arnove’. This is a video interview and includes a full rush transcript. Howard Zinn’s classic work A People’s History of the United States ‘changed the way we look at history in America. It has sold over a million copies and was recently made into a television special called The People Speak.’
2010-01-28, Issue 467
David Coetzee, the founder of the alternative information bulletin SouthScan, for a number of years the most significant source of independent, uncensored information about what was going on in apartheid South Africa, passed away on 24 January 2010 at the age of 66.
Esi Sutherland-Addy, Ralph Sutherland, Amowi Sutherland Phillips and Matt Meyer
2010-01-14, Issue 465
Bill Sutherland, unofficial ambassador between the peoples of Africa and the Americas for over fifty years, died peacefully on the evening of 2 January 2010. He was 91.
2010-01-07, Issue 464
‘No South African threw themselves more passionately into so many global and local battles. But from where did the indomitable energy emerge?’ Patrick Bond pays tribute to troubadour Dennis Brutus, who died at the age of 85 on 26 December 2009, ‘battling cancer, climate change and capitalism.’
2010-01-07, Issue 464
Patrick Bond collates excerpts of testimonials about the late Dennis Brutus, ‘a poet whose work will be celebrated forever, and whose wisdom in so many campaigns for social justice will be sorely missed’, from institutions, individuals and the media.
The South African Congress of Trade Unions (SACTU)
2009-11-06, Issue 456
The South African Congress of Trade Unions (SACTU) pays humble tribute to Comrade Ronnie Press, one of the Movements great heroes, one of whom may not always be spoken of, but one whose contribution to the National Liberation of South Africa, the wor...
GALZ (Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe)
2009-10-15, Issue 453
Keith Goddard, champion for the struggle for lesbians, gay men, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people's rights in Zimbabwe, passed away on 10 October, Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) has announced.
2009-10-17, Issue 453
RK Naik, who has died aged 81, was the only Indian to have served as a member of the central committee of the Zimbabwe African People's Union (Zapu), the resistance movement started in the then Southern Rhodesia in 1961. Ramanbhai Khandubhai Naik was...
Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum
2009-10-17, Issue 453
The Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum is sad to announce the tragic death of our colleague, Keith Goddard, a champion of human and LGBT rights in Zimbabwe and on the world stage. Sadly, after a short illness, Keith died last night, Friday 9^th October ...
Issa G Shivji
2009-07-30, Issue 444
Professor Issa Shivji pays tribute in verse – in English and in Kiswahili – to the late Haroub Othman, former professor of Development Studies at the University of Dar es Salaam. My dear friend and comrade, Ho: I shan’t write a letter, I can’t. I shan’t sing a song, Or recite a poem. ‘Cause I don’t have the talents. I shall say what I feel, Deep down in me. Those were the days, Of the Vietnam war. Ho Chinh Minh was your uncle, My uncle, our uncle. Demos, sit-ins and boycotts, Petitions, pictures and panels, Unclothing war criminals. People’s courts sentenced, public opinion enforced. Those were the days, Of Bertrand Russell and Stokely Carmichael, Sitting in Stockholm, Hearing napalmed men, women and children. The public gallery wept, students shouted, ‘Down with uncle Sam, Long live Uncle Ho.’ Your kinship was unmistakeable, Your Cause was clear. You stood on the side, Of the oppressed, humiliated and exploited. You proudly signed your name, with a big ‘H’ and a small ‘o’, Ho. Moderate in language, Measured in tone. Civil in demeanour, Generous in kindness. Gentle in argument, Steadfast in disagreement. That was our Ho. In Lebanon and Palestine, In Vietnam and Indonesia. In Chile and Cuba, In Iraq and Afghanistan. In Mozambique, Angola and Guinea Bissau. Wherever there was oppression and injustice, Our Ho knew his side. Imperialism he condemned, Human rights he upheld. On union, he stood his ground, Often stoutly, Seldom silently. Unity he applauded, Secession he feared. More I say, more I want to say. But a little more I’ll say. Jenerali wrote: ‘Poor Saida! She wanted to retire. Now she’ll have to unretire, To lead us from where Haroub left off.’ + Ndugu yangu, rafiki yangu, kamaradi Harubu: Sitaomboleza kifo chako; Sitatowa salamu za rambirambi. Tumelia ya kutosha, Tumehuzunika ya kutosha. Tumesononeka, tumelalamika: Ewe Muumba, Kwa nini unatupora watu wetu wema? Kwa nini? Eti ulimpenda zaidi ya sisi, Kwani upendo wetu una kikomo? Sasa basi: Mamia tumekutana Nkrumah, Maelfu wametega masikio, Moshi, Miatu na Mbezi. Sio kuomboleza, wala kulia, wala kulalamika. Bali kusherekea. Kusherekea maisha yako, Fikra zako, Msimamo wako. Kusherekea maisha yako, Harubu, Mwana wa Miraji, Mwana wa Zanzibar na Tanzania, Mwana wa Afrika. Tunasherekea fikra zako, Tunatamani kuchota kutoka busara zako, Hekima yako, Mtazamo wako. Fikra zako za uungwana, Fikra zako za ukombozi, Ukombozi wa wanyonge, Ukombozi wa mwana wa Adamu. Fikra zako zisizotingisika, Kupinga dhuluma na ufisadi na ubeberu. Fikra zako za kutetea, Haki za wanyonge. Harubu, umetoweka bila kutuaga. Hatulalamiki, hatukulaumu. Kwani, kila pumzi la uhai wako, Ulikuwa na ujumbe na nasaha. Enyi makamaradi, wana wa harakati. Katika medani ya mapambano, Hakuna kuaga wala kuagana. Hakuna muda, Hakuna anasa Ya porojo za kuaga na kuagana. La kesho, tendeni leo. La siku, tekelezeni kwa saa. Mapambano sio lelemama. Ukombozi sio usanii. Buriani ndugu yangu, Rafiki yangu, Kamaradi Ho. Kwaheri za kuonana.
Chris Maina Peter
2009-07-16, Issue 442
Haroub Othman could have worked anywhere in the world, but out of a deep love for the country, 'he chose Tanzania as his station in life', writes his former student and friend Chris Miana Peter, in a tribute to the 'irreplaceable' professor. Othman was one of the most committed academics and civil society activists in Tanzania and Zanzibar, says Peter. His remarkable work through the Zanzibar Legal Services Centre established him as a local institution, while many of his students, whom he treated as equals and to whom he gave opportunities to excel, have gone on to 'hold high offices in governments all over the world'.Previous | 1-30 | 31-60 | 61-90 | 91-106 | Next