Kenya: Dr Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem dies in car accident

Firoze Manji reports the death of Pan-African activist and Direct of Justice Africa, Dr Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem: Tajudeen Abdul Raheem tragically died in car accident this morning in Nairobi. We mourn the loss of this Pan African activist.


  • Africa’s own, Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem- the utmost irrepressible and passionate “Pro-Africanist” of his generation is no more? What a tragedy? A Pan-Africanist of the highest order- both in thoughts and in action, who so valiantly played his part for Africa. He believed in Africa more than anyone I know today. His confidence in our great continent Africa and the ability of its people to resolve even our greatest challenges, no matter how insurmountable they may appear, was never in doubt. Africa was enriched and made better by Taj’s life, and his untimely death no doubt leaves a vacuum of intellectual power, leadership and Pan-African optimism that will be hard to fill.

    How do we celebrate and honor such a comrade in a befitting manner? I am sure he would desire that we carry on the struggle for the total and true liberation of Africa, with all our might and with all our strength.

    You can read his weekly Tajudeen’s Postcard’s that I hardly miss @: Great source of knowledge and hope for Africa.

    Rest in peace comrade. We love and celebrate you this Africa Day and always.…

  • ra

    Rest in peace dr.Ta.Moroko still occupied by Spain.Indian Ocean islands still occupied by France,England and America,Caribbean still occupied by the Dutch,France,England and America,the Pacific still occupied by France ,America.It is a sad commentary that we still forced to live in this colonial era.Abolish colonialism now and liberate the rest of Africa and the world.Forward with the work the African Liberation Movement .The struggle continues to its obvious conclution;Victory.

  • Africa and Africans lost a moving humanity and Encyclopedia who through personal efforts and with collaboration with other individuals and institutions tried to bring up and strengthen values that may help to shape our destiny, Darfur will lost him so much.

    “Forward ever, backward never”…..Kwame Nkrumah (1909 – 1972)

    ………….DON’T AGONISE!………….ORGANISE!!…….

  • Samia Ahmed

    May your soul rest in peace, this is a sad day.
    thank you Dr. Tajueldden for inspiring us and for
    all your guidance and support.
    the journey will continue and your spirit
    will continue inspiring us.


  • The news of Dr. Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem’s is really heart braking for his friends and fans. Taju was a great African development and anti-poverty campaigner and Pan-Africansist. Oh…Taju is very friendly and sociable person on top of his wisdoms and professionalism.
    We Ethiopian MDGs campaigners and GCAP activists have really deeply sorrowed because of his death on the day of African Unity. We are grateful for all his life time contribution and we also recognize that his all efforts have great impact on the process of end poverty and achieve the MDGs in Africa.
    Finally, we wish mending for his family and friends!
    God may rest his life in peace.
    Yitagesu Zewdu
    Ethiopian MDGs campaign Coordinator!

  • Koku Adomdza

    Taju’s death has shocked me beyond words. It is even more bizarre because though I was in Africa on 25th May, I did not get this information until I returned to the UK and got hold of yesterday’s [10th June 2009] Guardian newspaper. How is that?

    This fact alone demonstrates the relevance of Dr Tajudeen’s passion for the cause to unite, liberate and economically develop Africa.

    I knew Taju in London in the late 1980s and 1990s when he was doing his PhD at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar but very much an activist. He was warm, affable and sharply intelligent; totally committed to the African Liberation cause.

    He was so humble to the point of resisting to be called a Doctor [of Philosophy] where he could get away with it.

    His passing away signals to those within and without the Pan-Africanist movement that time is of the essence to achieve African liberation – that the hitherto passive approach is a recipe for disaster. In his own words ‘let us not agonize, but organise’.

    Comrade Taju, May Your Soul Rest in Perfect Peace.

  • I met Tajudeen at one of our very own African Liberation Day events in Malmö, Sweden that had been arranged by the publisher of the African Forum. The date was 27 May, 2000, the date he wrote under his autograph in a recently published book he had edited. I had bought the book a year earlier, and refer to it regularly in my seminars and lectures on African politics and its economy. As he and I were both giving lectures on that day, I had the book with my.
    Tajudeen and I wrote one another for several years following our brief meeting on that day, and I still use the book in seminars on Pan Africanism. I will surely miss him — and all peoples of African descent will miss his strong voice on Africa’s needs. May he rest in peace — and his memory live on through our continued efforts to honor his great work.
    Madubuko A. Diakité
    Book: Pan Africanism, Tajudeen Abdul-RAheem, Ed., ISBN 0-8147-0661-4.

  • martin mbaeyi

    Dr Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem,i remember him as a child after he won Rhodes scholarship that took him to oxford in the early 80’s.after he won the scholarship at owerri,imo state,nigeria,there was a dinner and he was been discussed by the Late Sir Adetokunbo Ademola and my father Prof paul mbaeyi( the first nigerian Rhodes scholar and secretary for Rhodes scholarship for nigeria),i became more interested in his life due to his fight for africans in general and his pan-africanist view to issues affecting ordinary people.he was a great man and i pay my respect to him
    martin mbaeyi,London

  • Abisola Abdulazeez

    I’ll always remember Dr. Tajudeen…Danmama has he his fondly called by my late husband..They grew up in Funtua, Katsina State, Nigeria. They schooled together…and i remember when my Tajudeen Abdulazeez died in 2003, Dr Taju came to condole me and showed me a picture of about eleven boys…my Tajudeen, Himself and Alhaji Aliyu sheue were amongst the Eleven. since then he had always kept in touch to see how the children and i were doing.
    In fact on his last trip to Nigeria he had asked the other friends to met him up at my house to visit the children…unfortunate i was out with the kids cos he was planing to surprises us.
    He left the next morning and on his way out of Kenya met the untimely death. We really miss him…i still kept the KENYA TEA!

  • “Death is a supreme price we most all pay”Tajudeen has come and gone,but his footprint would remain indelible on the test of time.The death of Uncle Taju is quite regrettable and unfortunate,but I will take solace in his struggle for achieving a liberal society and the social re-engineering of Africa value system through his constant advocacy and campaign aganist bad leadership and the need for pan-African leaders to rise aganist the scourge of poverty,corruption,disease and inequality among the people.The course which he championed when he was alive will remain an enduring phenomenon on the continent of Africa.May his soul rest in peace.Department of Political Science of the University of Ado-Ekiti.

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