Wednesday, November 25, 2015
"Sam's major scholarship was in the field of agrarian studies. Always unassuming, he seldom talked of his own scholarly work unless someone raised it first. For me that occasion came in 2008 when the London Review of Books invited me to write a piece on Zimbabwe. The land reform was the big issue at the time. I pulled together whatever studies on the subject I could lay my hands on. Three sources stood above all others as original and reliable: one from the Institute of Development Studies at Sussex, another from the University of Western Cape and then Sam’s work at the African Institute of Agrarian Studies in Harare. As I read these sources, and the press reports on their findings, I learnt something about the politics of knowledge production and its recognition in the public sphere. Two facts were crystal clear to me: one, that Sam had been several steps ahead of the others; and, two, that his work was the last to be recognized. It was almost as if the press went by a rule of thumb: when it came to ideas, the chain had to originate in a Western university, and the link go through a South African institution, before it came to an African researcher. I discussed this with Sam. He smiled, as if to say, what’s new?" - Mahmood Mamdani Remembers his Friend and Comrade Sam Moyo
Bella Matambanadzo: An Ode in Memory of Chimusoro Sam Moyo
"Certainly in the last 15 years, as the debate around Zimbabwe’s controversial land reform has continued, Sam’s contributions – and those of his colleagues at AIAS – have been essential. Their district level study published in 2009 preceded our book, and set the stage for a more mature, empirically-informed debate that (sometimes) has followed. Sam has often been inaccurately pigeon-holed as being on one ‘side’ or another. But his scholarship is far more sophisticated than this. In Zimbabwe’s land debate nearly everyone at different times disagreed with him, but they all listened. Whether inside the state and party, among opposition groups or with the World Bank and other donors, no one could ignore what Sam had to say. And his influence in seeking a more sensible line has been enormous. But Sam’s scholar activism was not just focused on Zimbabwe. He was frequently invited by governments, social movements and others around the world, and particularly in southern Africa. His experiences in Nigeria, teaching at Calabar and Port Harcourt universities, were influential too, giving him a wider perspective than many. His on-going contributions to South Africa’s land debates have been important also, as he shared Zimbabwe’s lessons. More broadly still, he was central to a wider engagement with agrarian studies from the global South, offering a challenge to those who argued that the classical agrarian question is dead. From the perspective of peasants, social movements and struggles across the global South, it certainly is not. Together with Paris Yeros in Brazil and Praveen Jha in India, and as part of a wider collective of Southern scholars linked to the journal Agrarian South, he has made the case for a revived agrarian studies, in the context of land grabs and intensifying capitalist exploitation across rural areas" - Ian Scoones: A Tribute to Sam Moyo – A Giant of Agrarian Studies
Dzodzi Tsikata & Ebrima Sall - CODESRIA: Tribute to Professor Sam Moyo, a Great Intellectual, and a Man of Integrity
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
A light in our midst is extinguished today.
A luminary in the struggle for justice.
a man of wisdom, patience, enthusiasm , humour and wit.
A great heart.
Generous with his time,
We mourn the loss of such a man;
Whose commitment transcends the creed
of individualism and greed.
Whose life is a monument to engagement in his cause:
A challenge to the status quo.
We mourn the loss of such a visionary.
Our Mentor, Professor, Inspiration and Friend.
You have given substance to our thoughts,
Strength to our activism,
Passion to our cause.
Your ideals and example stand forever as beacons of light in our minds.
They give us hope and courage to continue the struggle you pursued with such conviction.
You have changed our lives and your spirit remains forever a part of us.
Posted by Chambi Chachage at 8:41 AM
Monday, November 23, 2015
Sunday, November 22, 2015
"Our friend, comrade and brother, Sam Moyo, passed on just a couple of hours ago. He was involved in a terrible car accident in Delhi on the night of 19th November... I am totally devastated. We have lost one of our great comrades, utterly committed, most unassuming scholar and an absolutely decent human being. What more can I say!" - Issa Shivji (22 November 2015)
"Thanks comrade Chambi. It was good to see you after so long! Cheers" - Sam Moyo ( 25 June 2015)
Sam Moyo contributed to the cause of agrarian reform with a deep commitment to social justice and activism. #SamMoyo https://www.facebook.com/southsolidarity.initiative/photos/a.753469168043296.1073741828.692610247462522/996875590369318/?type=3&theater …
Prof Sam Moyo. A towering academic, researcher & writer. A Fearless thinker, independent minded & very warm human being. Our very Own. #RIP
Africa has lost another greatest thinker/scholar/intellectual activist: Prof Sam Moyo is no more. May his soul rest in peace!
Am saddened to hear about Prof Sam Moyo's tragic passing in Delhi after an accident, Zimbabwe has lost a fine son, mwalimu wa walimu MHSRIP
Prof #SamMoyo lent a measured voice to the Land Reform debate in Zimbabwe. MHSRIP
Any being active in the positive education & upliftment of a ppl is worthy of reverence. Rest In Power Prof Sam Moyo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5--ZntJGh4 …
Sad to hear of the death of Prof Sam Moyo @AIAS_trust A humble academic #landrights #Zimbabwe and beyond.MHDSRIP @OSISA @SthrnAfrcaTrust
Many sons of the soil pass on in Zimbabwe without seeing the freedom they worked for. Sam Moyo #RIP.
"An unimaginable loss has happened. Our phenomenal intellectual pan African giant on land issues, Professor Sam Moyo, has died following injuries sustained during a terrible car accident in New Delhi, India. We are in disbelief. We are waiting for him to come home. We feel ripped apart with pain. We grew up following you in our townships. We nicknamed you Sekuru 'Chimusoro', the one with the very big head. All our parents wanted us to be exactly like you....Our great tree that bore so much fruit. Yes we would laugh, but you would steer us to talk about the thing that mattered most to you; and even if we did not know it then, to us. How to fully reclaim the land that was stolen by the colonial forces....Throughout your life, you carried your intellectual smarts with so much ease. In the beginning we would all look at each other unable to write down some of the big words and theories you used. And yet you persisted. Sharing your knowledge with us, crafting an epistemology around land and agrarian rights. Together you showed us why land was a critical resource for women to have ownership and control over....When we tried to call you Prof, you would smile and say, 'vafana vangu, ndinonzi Sam - my youngsters, I am just Sam.' It didn't matter that you had 'eaten many books' as the saying used to go. You would listen to our elementary theories, nurture us with love and suggest, 'let's write a policy brief on this subject. That's how we will change the world'....Thank you for giving us so much of you Sekuru Chimusoro. Siyabonga Moyondizvo. We will forever carry you in our hearts. Broken as they are by your untimely and devastatingly painful death. Alone, so far away from the homeland you fought so hard for" - Bella Matambanadzo: An Ode in Memory of Chimusoro Sam Moyo
Posted by Chambi Chachage at 10:33 AM
Friday, November 20, 2015
"This edited volume is about the rekindled investment in the figure of the first president Julius K. Nyerere in contemporary Tanzania. It explores how Nyerere is remembered by Tanzanians from different levels of society, in what ways and for what purposes. Looking into what Nyerere means and stands for today, it provides insight into the media, the political arena, poetry, the education sector, or street-corner talks. The main argument of this book is that Nyerere has become a widely shared political metaphor used to debate and contest conceptions of the Tanzanian nation and Tanzanian-ness. The state-citizens relationship, the moral standards for the exercise of power, and the contours of national sentiment are under scrutiny when the figure of Nyerere is mobilized today" - http://www.africanbookscollective.com/books/remembering-julius-nyerere-in-tanzania
NB: Read it at Google Books
Posted by Chambi Chachage at 6:26 AM