Here is a collection of reflections, reminiscences, critical reviews and poems, all dedicated to the memory of Harry Oludare Garuba, scholar-poet and professor in the Department of English and at the Centre for African Studies at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. The name ‘Harry Garuba’ has become synonymous with excellence and innovative scholarship. Well-loved and deeply respected, he left a legacy in the world of African literary scholarship, the impact of which reverberates across institutions and organizations in Africa, Europe and North America. Acknowledging his global reach, we strive to produce an enduring text that bears testimony to Harry Garuba’s iconic intellectual stature, as well as his profound care and mentorship across generations, disciplines and borders. Among those who have contributed to this book of tributes are his teachers, classmates and colleagues, his students, his admirers and his students’ students. We commit this gedenkschrift as chants and grammars of love for a brilliant scholar and poet. Each contribution comes to the reader on its own terms, all united by their commitment to honour the man, Harry Oludare Garuba, of blessed memory.
Editors: Remi Raji, Natasha Himmelman, Josephine Alexander, Oyeniyi Okunoye, Idowu Omoyele, Bongani Kona