Professor Tazoacha Asonganyi, Cameroon’s natural scientist, and prolific political commentator has died. He slept in the Lord this Sunday, July 3 at the Yaounde University Teaching Hospital.

Who was Professor Tazoacha Asonganyi?

Professor Tazoacha Asonganyi had a PhD. in Biochemistry since 1980 from the University of London (UK). He did his PhD research in a Laboratory at Gower’s Street a few meters from Dillon’s Bookshop London, which he visited nearly every day. During the same period, he also worked with an Africanist Community Group (“Headstart Books & Crafts” London N15) which dealt in books on the history of peoples of African origin.

These two contacts with book in domains outside his area of specialization caused a profound change in his education, influenced principally, as he says, by Cheikh Anta Diop whose books and many others with the same thrust he read during that time.

He has taught in the Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences of the University of Yaoundé 1 since 1985, training medical students for over 30 years. He was a Visiting Professor to some Universities outside of Cameroon. He has published some 90 peer-reviewed articles and still publishing.

His scientific research interests are in Sleeping sickness/Trypanosomiasis, River blindness/Onchocerciasis, HIV/AIDS.

At the very budding of partisan politics in Cameroon, he emerged and became Secretary General of the SDF, 1994-2005. He then became the Permanent Secretary of the opposition CNRR in 2004.

As always the case with many politicians, Professor Asonganyi was dismissed from the SDF in 2006. Since then, he has published over 100 articles in Newspapers and other media outlets analyzing the political situation in Cameroon and African countries.

He has observed elections for the Carter Center (USA) in Ghana, and for the National Democratic Institute (NDI) of Washington DC in Nigeria.

As expressed in pidgin English, the type spoken  in Cameroon – a ‘boma tree’ has fallen. This is a great loss to the Cameroonian community as this intellectual repository leaves behind a void. May his gentle soul rest in peace and Techcrunch-Africa extends heartfelt condolences to his family and the entire Babialem clan.

source: Tapang Ivo Taku

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