I heard the sad news yesterday morning from one of his former students who now teaches here; liver cancer took him quickly. Bediako was here just last year and had a tremendous impact on all of us.
Kwame Bediako’s has passed from his earthly life. Let’s uphold Kwame’s wife Mary and the kids as well as the Akrofi Christaller Memorial Centre for Mission Studies community. What a gift Kwame has been to many of us, personally and professionally.
Christopher J.H. Wright writes – In Memory
. . . Kwame was one of the most remarkable senior African leaders I have ever met. He had a surpassing level of scholarship (two doctorates – one in English and one in French). He had a range of knowledge of the history of the church in Africa (and Europe) that could keep us spell-bound for hours just listening to his stories. And he had a most profound understanding of the relationship between the gospel and African culture. He also had a huge passion to bring African Christians together to affirm their Christian identity in authentic ways that would overcome some of the worst legacies of the colonial era. And yet he wore all this learning with such a light touch. His twinkling eyes and sparkling humour and laughter were a constant tonic. It has been such a joy and privilege to know him for many years. . .
For a brief bio, click here.
His publications include
- Theology and Identity—The Impact of Culture upon Christian Thought in the Second Century and Modern Africa (Regnum Books, 1992, reprinted 1999).
- Christianity in Africa—The Renewal of a Non-Western Religion (Edinburgh University Press; Orbis Books, 1995; reprinted 1997)
- Jesus and the Gospel in Africa, History and Experience (Orbis Books, 2004).