Thandika: Death robs Africa of a brilliant mind

Professor Thandika Mkandawire. He was the founding chair of African Development and professor of African Development at the London School of Economics. PHOTO | COURTESY

What you need to know:

  • Few African scholars have demonstrated as much fidelity as he did to the principles that motivated the struggle for African freedom from colonialism.
  • He received honorary doctorates from the universities of Fort Hare in South Africa, Helsinki, Ghana at Legon, and York in Canada.

With the death of Professor Thandika Mkandawire of Malawi on March 27 in Stockholm, Africa has lost its premier thinker on economic development and national governance issues, just when his thinking would have been sought on the imminent disaster that now faces the continent from Covid-19 and a record global economic downswing.


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