Memories of Sam Moyo: One-year tribute Dede Amanor-Wilks

Tuesday 22 November marked one year since Professor Sam Moyo passed away tragically after a road accident while attending a conference in India. I first met Sam in early 1991, just a few months after I took up residence in Harare as director of the Inter Press Service (IPS) regional centre for Africa. Sam was then a research fellow at the University of Zimbabwe’s Institute of Development Studies and with Yemi Katerere had set up an NGO, the Zimbabwe Environment Research Organisation (ZERO). Sam had heard about my arrival in Harare through our mutual Ghanaian friend, Dorothy Gordon, who was…

Sam Moyo: A Scholar for the Oppressed (1954-2015) Arindam Banerjee

The tragic and untimely departure of Sam Moyo from amidst us creates a void that can be filled only through an uncompromising commitment towards the poor and an unflinching solidarity with struggles of historically oppressed people. Passionate as he was about correcting the past injustices faced by the ‘South’ through long and variegated histories of imperialism, Sam made his arguments based on crisp logic and hard evidence. Till his last day, he was an inspiring and untiring soldier against injustices and inequality, both historical and of contemporary origin. The enormous span of Sam’s scholarship covering issues like the land question,…

In memory of Sam Moyo Lau Kin Chi

I try hard to look back, to remember the first time Sam Moyo and I met. And I cannot remember. For me, it had long been taken for granted that Sam and I would meet, now and then, in some major international encounters. I look at my photo albums for the traces of Sam. Yes, we were together at the International Conference of Intellectuals and Artists for the Defence of Humanity and the General Assembly of the World Forum for Alternatives (WFA), held in October 2008 in Caracas, Venezuela. One highlight of the conference was President Hugo Chavez spending several…

Sam Moyo’s Funeral Dzodzi Tsikata

Today was an incredible day. Zimbabweans came to mourn a beloved son, and were impressed by all the outpourings from around the world. Praveen Jha's tribute had a beautiful Pablo Neruda poem in his tribute which was read as the burial service as was Shivji's poem to Sam. Also read was Madam Zuma's letter. Mourners came from far and near and included members of government in Zimbabwe and South Africa. The academics present were asked to be pallbearers, so we all went and carried Sam's coffin to the hearse. There was a lot of high emotion at different points., but…

Professor Sam Moyo has moved on… CODESRIA

The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) regrets to announce the extremely sad news of the passing on of its former President, Professor Sam Moyo. Sam was in New Delhi, India to participate in a conference on “Labour Questions in the Global South”. The vehicle in which he was travelling got involved in a crash in the evening of Friday, 20 November, and Professor Moyo died in the early hours of Sunday, 22 November 2015. Professor Moyo has been an active member of CODESRIA since the 1970s. He was elected Vice-President of CODESRIA in 1998,…

Tributes to Prof. Sam Moyo Roshan Kishore

Learning about Prof Sam Moyo's untimely demise is a complete shock. Unfortunately I am not even in Delhi, which would deny me an opportunity to be a part of the condolence meeting. My interaction with Sam was limited to a couple of seminars, and as irony would have it, the first one was in ICSSR itself. While a lot of people are better equipped and more aware of Sam's academic work, what left a mark on me was his ever calm manner and smiling face, even when answering queries from a young research scholar like me. When I saw him…

Other Tributes and Condolence Messages

- "It is with such a heavy heart that we remember Sam, his laughter, his words." – Lau Kin Chi - "No amount of word will describe the contribution of late Sam. He was the shining example of few African scholars left. We missed today and always. So sorry and May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace." - Bunu Go - "Much saddened by Sam Moyo's tragic passing. All too brief was my only meeting with him, at a 2014 conference in Cochin. But the impression he made as scholar, as activist and, above all, as a person, is…

Condolence Rama Salla Dieng

Dear All, Please accept my condolences for the loss of our Professor Sam Moyo. I am writing the word 'loss' unwillingly. It is so hard to accept the news. I had turned to land studies because of his great passion and commitment at the first PanAfrican land grab conference in 2013 in Addis, because of his writings, those of Prof Tsikata, Prof Olukoshi and Prof Amanor. It is because of him that I later focused most of my research at SOAS on land, proud to quote his brilliant analysis of the "African Land Question". And it is because of him…

Farewell Professor Sam Moyo (1954-2015) South Solidarity Initiative

We are deeply saddened to hear about the tragic passing away of Prof. Sam Moyo. Sam died in New Delhi in the early hours of November 22, succumbing to injuries sustained in a car accident. He was in New Delhi for a conference organised at the Jawaharlal Nehru University on Labour Questions in the Global South. Sam was the founder and Executive Director of the African Institute for Agrarian Studies (AIAS), Zimbabwe. He dedicated his life to advancing agrarian reform and worked with a range of institutions and actors including, the Government of Zimbabwe, universities, research groups, peasant associations and…

Sam, You live Issa Shivji

I come not to mourn you, Comrade. I'll shed no tear, my friend. I refuse to say 'pole', to say 'sorry'. Why should I? I refuse to bury you. How can I? For you live.           You live in me,           You live in many, across the globe,           Who loved you.           Whose lives you touched,           Whose hearts you cuddled,           Whose minds you tickled. I come to celebrate your living, Comrade. I'll toast to your Ideas, my friend. Over a glass of sahara, and a plate of 'nyama choma'. In Rose Garden, in Sao Paulo, in New Delhi. I'll sing praises of Sahara,…

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