J.F. Ade-Ajayi, 1929-2014
The news of the death of Professor J. F. Ade Ajayi, the foremost African historian, on 9 August 2014 came as a shock to many in the academic community. Ajayi had distinguished himself as a historian of note and had come to be associated with the African past. His academic activities and influence went beyond the shores of his native country, Nigeria, and even beyond the African continent. On his eighty-fifth birthday in May 2014, his former students and associates had celebrated him with the public presentation of a 558-page Festschrift cum biography entitled J. F. Ade Ajayi: his life and career. Little did anyone realize that that was to be his last major public appearance. Three months later, he passed away peacefully after hosting his children and grandchildren who had come to spend the summer with him in Ibadan.