n African Journal for Physical Activity and Health Sciences (AJPHES) - Professor L.O. Amusa : in memoriam

Volume 22, Issue Issue-42
  • ISSN : 2411-6939


It's with the deepest regret that we announce the sudden passing of Professor L.O. Amusa, whose sad event occurred on 11 August 2016. The following day after Professor Amusa's death, many of his colleagues in South Africa, Botswana, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Kenya, other African countries, and indeed the international societies that he had served for several years, heard the terrible news. Professor Amusa was not only a benefactor and mentor who hugely shaped many people's views on life, work, academics and research, he was a leader of international repute, an icon and an academic giant in Physical Education and Sport Science in Africa. Professor Amusa's death is not only a big blow to the Physical Education and sport fraternity on the African continent, but is also an irreplaceable loss to the international sport community. Until his untimely death, Professor Amusa was the founding Head of the Centre for Biokinetics, Recreation and Sports Science at the School of Health Sciences, University of Venda (UNIVEN), South Africa. Before his last appointment at UNIVEN, he was the founding Head of the Department of Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana. He was involved in teaching and research at the university level for over 40 years, having worked in Nigeria, Botswana and South Africa. Professor Amusa had considerable wealth of experience in Sport and Exercise Science, Physical Education and Sports, Recreation and Leisure Services as well as Sport Management, and published over 200 articles, 30 books and 42 chapters in books on various aspects of Physical Education and Sports Science in his career.

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