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Your memories: Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem

Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem
Abdul-Raheem died on Africa Day (Pic: Tim Gander www.timgander.co.uk)

BBC News Online readers have been paying tribute to the renowned pan-Africanist Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem.

The journalist and campaigner died in a car crash in Nairobi, Kenya on Monday - Africa Day.

Mr Abdul-Raheem, a Nigerian, was a prolific columnist in newspapers across Africa. He became best known for his role as general secretary of the Pan-African Movement.

"Tajudeen" was also a popular voice on BBC Africa Have Your Say.

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Here are some of your tributes:

In Africa we are about one billion people, but very few of us can really be called Pan-Africanist. Dr Taj was one of those Pan-Africanists. I think that the best way to honour Dr Taj's memory is to promote his ideas among the new generations of Pan-African activists and institutions.
Silvestre, Maputo, Mozambique

Abdul-Raheem articulated the dreams, hopes, frustrations, and anger of a majority of voiceless Africans through his writings. He was an African leader in his own right. His words should inspire us to make Africa work, to contribute expertise in our various fields toward securing a bright future for Africa.
Innocent, Washington DC, USA

I had the honour of knowing him for almost 25 years when we were both students working on our PHDs in Oxford. I will miss his intelligence, his infectious laughter, his courage and conviction and his leadership. He helped me grow from being someone who was focused primarily on the struggle to end apartheid in my own country to seeing that African unity and Pan-Africanism was the only way forward if we are to liberate the people of Africa from the shackles of oppression and injustice. Hamba Kahle (go well) Taju. We will never forget you.
Kumi, Johannesburg, South Africa

I will remember him for using humour to get his message across no matter how tough or hard. May his soul rest in perfect peace. Amen.
Roselyn, Lagos, Nigeria

He was an eloquent spokesman for the most abused people on earth, Africans. Taju, go in peace, you belong to the clan of Kwame Nkrumah, Walter Rodney, Steve Biko, and other true Africans who sang and died for the liberation of Africa! Ngewor ebi mahun gbe.
Banga, Fairfax, VA

He reminded me of my grand-father who used to sit on the veranda every evening and tell us stories of Idi Amin's tales as he smoked his bead decorated pipe. Dr Tajudeen you have finished your race. Let us continue from where you have stopped. I will miss you dearly. RIP
Juliet, Kampala, Uganda

I knew Tajudeen in the early 80s as a student in Bayero University, Kano. He was a first class student. He was a leader of students. He was lucky to have escaped the then strategy of expelling his type from the Nigerian University system. We will miss him. We pray for the repose of his soul.
Sadiq, Abuja, Nigeria

I have known Taju personally, as for the last three years we have partnered for the "Stand up and take action against poverty" campaign. Tajudeen was a very social man who lived his life to the fullest, he had no social boundaries and hence was able to blend with all kinds of people. He was a great entertainer, and his office was open to many people from all walks of life. He was rare breed of man and we shall greatly miss him. Sleep in peace brother till we meet again!
James, KCC Slum Village

Tajudeen's untimely and tragic death is a major loss for the global African world. His Thursday postcards were always eagerly awaited and never fell short on delivering thought provoking and relevant questions that challenged and inspired his readers worldwide, myself included. In a time when Pan-Africanism is increasingly being reduced to a caricature of its original intent, as espoused by Nkrumah and Nasser, Tajudeen remained passionately committed to ensuring Africa's integrity. And he did all of this was a enigmatic smile on his face and a zest for life and all it has to offer. Our consolation is that he lived his life to the fullest - now we must pick up where he left off. Alluta continua!
Carina, New York City, USA

It is really a very sad and tragic moment in my life. Tajudeen was a very dedicated person full of energy, optimism and looking for a better future for Africa. I wont forget his charming smile and his sense of humour. His death on Africa day will be remembered. May Allah bless his soul.
Dr Hamdy A. Hasssan, Cairo, Egypt

I met Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem at SOAS during a debate on Tony Blair's vision for Africa. He was incisive in his criticism of Britain's attempt to rid Africa of the very poverty they created through political manipulation and support for multinationals - who were purported to be the very cause of the continent's abject poverty through what he described as economic strangulation through bribery and corruption of despots aiming to maintain the status quo. May his soul rest in perfect peace.
Ako Mengot, Mombasa, Kenya

This man was truly a great African. Tajudeen, I will never forget you.
Eze, London, U.K.

Words simply cannot express how sad I am after hearing of the untimely death of a brother, a father and a friend. Surely, the Pan-African world has lost one of its most firebrand voices, a hero at best. Rest in peace brother Dr Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem!
Fodei, Sierra Leone & Cyprus



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