Tributes to Kaye Whiteman, journalist, Africa specialist, CJA stalwart

Kaye Whiteman
Written by pat_perkel

Many have been saddened by the loss of Kaye Whiteman, 78, a respected historian, Africa affairs specialist, editor and long-time CJA member, who passed away May 17, 2014:

“The news of Kaye Whiteman’s passing away came to me as a great shock. Derek Ingram introduced Kaye to me nearly 15 years ago. Since then we have been very good friends. I usually host a lunch or dinner for selected CJA friends when I visit London. Only once he missed my dinner as he was away to Africa. He was a
great guy who specialised himself as an African expert. His death is a great loss to many, including CJA” -Hassan Shahriar, President Emeritus, CJA

“One of Kaye’s most recent achievements was his hugely enjoyable book on Lagos. A most difficult subject, be captures this great volatile, untidy city just wonderfully” – Derek Ingram, CJA

“Kaye was a tower of strength to me when I was preparing to deliver a course in Nigeria in the 1990s. He will be missed, but forever appreciated by so many of us in the profession and beyond” – Murray Burt, former CJA President

“A great journalist who wrote about a subject with unrivalled passion and understanding. His article would always inspire us and we will surely miss him” – Frank Aigbogun, Publisher/CEO, BusinessDay Newspaper

“He was such a powerhouse in the CJA” – Debbie Ransome, CJA

“A lovely man…had known him since the early seventies when he was deputy editor of West Africa and a regular contributor to our programme Focus on Africa” – Mike Popham

“Kaye was also a great Secretariat colleague – supportive, innovative, thoughtful, dedicated, industrious, and with a dry humour that provided much-needed perspective”  – Stuart Mole

“We are sad to announce the death of our colleague and dear friend Kaye Whiteman who died suddenly in London” – The London Evening Post

The Guardian called Kaye Whiteman a “journalist who witnessed and documented key moments in modern African history”. history


About the author



Leave a Comment