The African Studies community is saddened by the untimely passing of Lamine Mamadou Sylla (31) on Friday October 30, 2020 in Dakar, Senegal. Lamine graduated from Ohio University with an MA (African Studies) in 2016 after completing a Capstone project titled “The Role of Low-Income Women in the Development of Senegal”. His research argued that low-income Senegalese women who are often ignored by both researchers and the government, still find a way of contributing to and boosting the economy of Senegal.
His research advocated for the recognition of the role played by low-income women in Senegal and the need for them to have governmental support. Lamine was very passionate about the “condaané” a term used to refer to women who are locked in an informal pay-day loan and micro-lending system and unable to benefit from the fruit of their hard labor. Prior to joining Ohio University, he obtained a BA in French and Minors in Sociology and Wolof from Indiana University in Bloomington. In addition, he received a certificate in African Studies from the same university.
Lamine is remembered by many friends and colleagues as a selfless individual who was very passionate about his Senegalese roots. He also played an important role in the student organization as an active member of the African Student Union. Lamine is survived by daughter Ndeye-Awa Rassoul Sylla. We send our heartfelt condolences and love to his family, and we thank many friends who have shown support in many ways to Lamine and his family. Rest in Peace Lamine.