I regret to announce the passing of an eminent African, Professor Jabez Ayodele Langley. He was a great man and a great African, hence a great many of us consider it a privilege to have known him; and indeed, a great honor to call him a friend, confidant, and mentor. He enriched our lives with his wisdom and humanity. His door was always open to all those who needed him — basking in his cathedral of knowledge and simplicity.
Professor Langley’s mission was simple: to make the world, especially
To the very end, he was an Africanist, but with the world as his theoretical playground. In other words, he saw both the big and the small pictures — and everything in between. To say he had a sharp and penetrating mind is an understatement. To say he was a kind and loving man is also an understatement. He was all that and much more. Professor Langley loved his family and his family loved him more; he loved his country, and his country loved him too. Wherever he went and whomever he met, the perception and reality of him was always the same: he was singular in every way. He was
Professor Jabez Ayodele Langley received a Joint B.A. Honors in Modern History and Politics from the
Before segueing into the academic world, Professor A.J. Langley was the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Economic Planning and Industrial Development for
He was, at various times, an Executive Director at the World Bank;
In recognition of his singularity he was accorded several recognitions, amongst these are Member of the Order of the Lion (
After a life well spent, Professor Jabez Ayodele Langley exited to the world beyond on Sunday, June 10 2007. May God grant him eternal rest and joy; and may those he left behind — especially his loving wife of several decades, Mary, — find strength and comfort in the grace of the Lord. And may his ancestors — in all of