Professor Rok Ajulu a Kenyan Internationalist and Husband to Lindiwe Sisulu dies in South Africa.

Kenyan academic and husband of South African Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, Professor Rok Ajulu has died. Photo:

JOHANNESBURG – Kenyan academic and husband to South African Minister of Human Settlements Lindiwe Sisulu, Professor Rok Ajulu has died.

 Ajulu’s death was announced by former speaker of the National Assembly, Max Sisulu’s son, Shaka on Twitter.

According to Sisulu’s tweets, Ajulu was “struck down on Boxing Day by pancreatic cancer. He’ll be laid to rest in his ancestral home on shores of Lake Victoria, Kenya.”

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta paid tribute to Ajulu.

ANC issued a statement shortly eulogizing him for his work. “A staunch and committed supporter of the South African liberation movement, Professor Ajulu was a passionate, articulate and ardent advocate for the liberation and freedom of the South African people. An academic and political activist, Ajulu gave true expression to Pan-Africanism and international solidarity. Our struggle was undeniably enriched by his generosity, selflessness and sacrifices,” the ANC said in a statement on Tuesday. (see below)


Before moving to South Africa, Professor Ajulu was involved with an English professor Helen Bushell with whom they had a daughter Achieng Ajulu-Bushell who went on to become a world class swimmer representing both Kenya and Great Britain in world competitions.

Helen Bushell and Achieng Ajulu-Bushell
Achieng Ajulu-Bushell

Ajulu, a Kenyan academic and activist, met and married Sisulu in exile. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta sent his condolences on Twitter, and said he learnt of Ajulu’s death “with dismay and sadness.”

Rok Ajulu, the Kenyan-born academic who was married to Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, has died after a long illness. File picture: Willem Law

“He was one of Kenya’s most distinguished and thoughtful academics, and a true pan-African. We will miss him deeply. I am grateful for Professor Ajulu’s life, rich in achievements, in friendship, and in productive scholarship. I offer his family what consolation I can, and I pray that God will grant them the courage to bear the loss,” Kenyatta tweeted.

Before he passed on early this year, he hosted a variety of workshops such as one organized on February 17th, 2016 in South Africa. –  “From Kenyatta to Kenyatta: The Making of an Authoritarian and predatory state in Kenya”12715254_1121246271227293_4501553209537270197_n.png

According to many who know him, Professor Rok Ajulu will be dearly missed.



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