The community of the African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG) has lost a mentor and trainer following the death of faculty member Makane Faye in a road traffic accident in Senegal on Friday, 26 March 2021, while he was travelling to Dakar from the holy city of Touba.
Makane’s death has left a huge void as he was a trainer par excellence and indeed a larger-than-life figure in the careers of his many fellows during his years at AfriSIG. He was a member of the School’s faculty specialising in the theoretical and practical multistakeholder approaches to internet governance. He was also a central figure in organising the African Internet Governance Forum (AfIGF), where he served as Secretary and was known and popular for his wisdom, patience and dedication.
AfriSIG continues to receive many memories of Makane Faye and condolence messages from people whose views on life, work and many other things were shaped by him.
“Makane was always so egoless about his work,” said AfriSIG Coordinator Anriette Esterhuysen. She described Makane’s passion for internet governance as “a guiding light for so many people.” Anriette added: “I will truly miss him.”
His close to 40 years of experience in information management and the information and communications technology (ICT) for development sector earned him the respect of people from diverse sectors, backgrounds and ages working on internet governance issues in Africa. AfriSIG alumni shared their shock and grief on his passing, recalling past and recent interactions with him:
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