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<email@example.com> Biaya has died. This comes as a profound shock to anyone who knew him or even knew of him, as his exuberant life so spilled over with ideas and intellectual energy. His nom de plume was "T. K. Biaya" and a few knew that his first name was Tshikala; but for those who reveled in his enthusiasms, he was simply Biaya--a single-named force unto himself. Biaya held a PhD in History (1990) from the University of Laval, Quebec. He also held MAs in Ethno-Psychology from the University of Kisangani (1991) and in History and Social Sciences from the Ecole Normale Superieur of Kananga (1983), as well as a BA in African Linguistics and Literature from the University of Lubumbashi (1980). The diversity of his studies gave him distinct resources for studying the complexities of contemporary urban Africa. His most recent work concerned social conflict in Africa studied through a series of posts at and through CODESRIA in Dakar and Addis Abeba. Over the past fifteen years he also held fellowships and teaching appointments at Laval, McGill, NYU, and the universities of Montreal and Iowa. Biaya was unimaginably prolific and outrageously brilliant, witness the contrast of his laughingly provocative piece in _Public Culture_ called "'Crushing the Pistachio': Eroticism in Senegal and the Art of Ousmane Ndiaye Dago" (2000) with more serious works like "Le pouvoir ethnique - concept, lieux de pouvoir et pratiques contre l'État dans la modérnité africaine: Analyse comparee des Mourides (Senegal) et Luba (Congo-Zaire)" in _Anthropologie et Societes_ (1998), or his edited issue of _Africa Zamani_ called "Le merveilleux dans la parole postscripturale en Afrique" (1998), "La mort et ses metaphores au Congo-Zaire, 1990-1995: Mami Wata, le Congolais, et les cycles gnostiques" in _Cahiers africains_ (1998), or again, "Les paradoxes de la masculinité africain moderne" in _Canadian Folklore_ (1997). His early training in Catholic schools and growing up in the absurdities of Mobutu's Zaire provided grist for surreal juxtapositions, and indeed, there was something of Bataille about Biaya's daring to leap so far beyond expectations. During his years in Dakar, Biaya began studying the monk-like Baye Falls, a movement within the Mouride Sufi Way, and it is safe to say that while he carried with him the paradoxes of his earliest seminarian training, he became a dedicated Baye Fall himself. All who came within Biaya's aura will remember his ear-shattering laughter, his hilarious playfulness with children, and the way he used his large eyes and mobile face to express the joyful humor he found in life. Biaya lived to dance and he was a handsome man who loved women. Although it was always difficult to wrest a response to one's messages to him, he was a most loyal friend who sought to promote the ideas and work of others--this following the model for generous scholarship he learned from his beloved mentor at Laval, Bogumil Jewsiewicki. Biaya returned to Dakar from Addis this past spring and in late May he was hospitalized for more than a month before passing away in early July. He leaves a wife and infant in Dakar, and a great many friends around the world who will remain forever stunned by his loss.