My colleague Raufu Mustapha, who has died of stomach cancer aged 63, taught African politics at Oxford University for two decades, having previously taught at Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) in Zaria, Nigeria.

His areas of interest ranged from democratisation in Africa to identity politics and ethnicity, and to the politics of rural societies in Africa. Raufu sought to communicate the ideas of the marginalised masses to a wider audience.

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