The death is announced of Dr. Igolima Tubobelem Dagogo Amachree, who passed away peacefully on Monday, May 1, 2017 at the University of Iowa Medical Center in Iowa City, Iowa, USA. He was 80.
He was born on March 8, 1937 into the Amachree Royal Family, established since the 15th century in Nigeria.
He graduated from Durham University in England before completing his Master’s Degree at Michigan State University, where he ultimately graduated in 1967 with a PhD in Sociology. Igolima taught as a professor, edited newspapers, and served as the Sociology department chair at Western Illinois University. Igolima was not only accomplished, but widely published in academic publications the world over, as well as deeply involved in numerous organizations throughout the United States and internationally.
Igolima was passionate about international development, education, and peace. He served as a consultant for developing nations to the World Bank, assisted in the drafting of the 1985 Liberian Constitution, and was instrumental as a consultant on institutional issues in the Accra, Ghana Peace Conference that produced the Accra Comprehensive Peace Agreement on Liberia. His work in academia prompted him to form and head the Liberian Commission on Higher Education and constructed the research proposal on “The Status of Higher Education in Liberia.” He again answered the call to public service as a consultant to the Liberian government on the Joint Needs Assessment presented to the United Nations in February 2004, which he attended as an official delegate of the Liberian government to the United Nations on the International Conference for Reconstruction in Liberia.
Aside from his academic career, his family members recall, “Igolima was one of the most beautiful souls one could ever have known. He touched so many lives with his gift for human connection. Igolima was incredibly thoughtful and kind, brilliant yet humble, insightful, curious, wise, grateful, and understanding. He always radiated joy. He had so much love in his heart and was genuinely interested in every person that crossed his path. We will keep our memories of him alive as we remember Igolima’s infectious laugh and captivating smile.
“He will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered by his wife, Mara; children, Selepri (Danyelle), Tonye, Opuene (Karen); and grandchildren, Kennen, Christian, Devin, Ella, Kaema, Nakai, Amaya, Kory, Ava, and Emma.”
Online condolences may be expressed at http://prof-igolima-amachree.forevermissed.com. Memorial Services will be held 3pm, Friday May 19 at Wesley Community Center in Macomb, Illinois, USA.
Funeral Services will be held Saturday, May 27, at Trinity Church in Lansing, Michigan, USA. In lieu of flowers, charitable donations can be made here: http://bit.ly/2qn0zcM.