Prof. Mazrui passed away on Monday morning in Binghamton, New York in the United States, where he has been lecturing.

Ali MazruiHe was born in Mombasa in 1933, Mazrui is famed for his writings on politics in Africa as well as Islamic studies. Prof Mazrui is a renowned scholar worldwide having lectured in five continents and written 30 books. He once served as Chancellor of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. He was even exiled by Idi Amin when he was Prof at Makerere University.

He wished to be buried back home-in Mombasa, around the Fort Jesus area. Plans are underway to transport his body back to Mombasa for burial.

Prof Mazrui passed away at the age of 81 and family members say he was unwell for a couple of months. The circumstances behind his death are as yet unclear.