Abdul Raufu Mustapha has Passed AwayBeloved, distinguished Oxford Professor of African Politics, Abdul Raufu Mustapha has passed away.
Professor Mustapha, or Raufu, as he was affectionately called by his students and colleagues, died in Oxford after battling stomach cancer on Tuesday 8th August, 2017. He is survived by his wife Kate, and their three children.
He taught African Politics at the Oxford Department of International Development, and his research areas included the politics of rural societies in Africa, the politics of democratisation in Africa, identity politics and ethnicity.
His publications include Sects & Social Disorder Muslim Identities & Conflict in Northern Nigeria, 2014; ‘The Public Sphere in 21st Century Africa: Broadening the Horizons of Democratization, (2012); Turning Points in African Democracy, 2009; Zimbabwean Farmers in Nigeria: Exceptional Farmers or Spectacular Support?, 2011; and Gulliver’s Troubles: Nigeria’s Foreign Policy After the Cold War, 2008.
He was from Ilorin in Kwara State, Nigeria and studied Political Science at the Masters and DPhil level at St Peter’s College, University of Oxford. Prior to that he studied for an MSc and a BSc in Political Science at the Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria.
He was on the Steering Committee of the Africa Oxford Initiative, the Editorial Advisory Board for the Review of African Political Economy, the Board of Trustees of the Development Research and Projects Centre in Kano, and was the Patron of the Oxford University Africa Society. He also served as director of the 2002 CODESRIA Governance Institute.
He helped the Oxford University Africa Society Conference put together the first Oxford Africa Conference, and was always available to help African students who passed through Oxford both through academic mentorship and social support.
He will be fondly remembered, not only for his prolific intellectual output and academic legacy, but for his thoughtfulness, insights, kindness and generosity.