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It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Abdul Raufu Mustapha, Associate Professor of African Politics in the Department of International Development and a much valued and respected colleague, teacher and friend.

Professor abdul raufu mustapha

Raufu passed away in Oxford, after battling with cancer for several months. Our deepest sympathies are with Kate, Raufu’s wife, their children, Asmau and Seyi, and Raufu’s family in Nigeria.

Raufu was a distinguished and original scholar, whose prolific work on Nigeria will leave an enduring impact in the field of African Studies. He was a fantastic teacher and a source of inspiration to his many doctoral students. He made an enormous contribution to the strength and excellence of our MPhil and DPhil programmes, both of which he helped to shape from their inception. He was incredibly supportive and encouraging of younger scholars. Most of all, Raufu was generous, warm, kind, big-hearted and always wise and fair. We celebrate the lasting mark he left on the department and shall cherish his memory with great affection and admiration.

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