The department is a lively community that is recognised internationally as one of the top centres for research and teaching in development studies.
It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Abdul Raufu Mustapha, Associate Professor of African Politics at the department and our much valued and respected colleague, teacher and friend.
Raufu passed away on 8 August 2017 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.
We have set up an online book of condolences so that those who knew Raufu can leave a message or memory.
Read a tribute to Raufu.