A TRIBUTE: PROF. A.G. DARAMOLA

  PROFESSOR ADEBIYI GREGORY DARAMOLA, GOODBYE AND THANK YOU FRIEND! A TRIBUTE   Brother Biyi,   So the time has come, so the end has come. When I decided to write this tribute after your departure, I changed my mind twice.  First, I thought it would be vital for me to focus on the considerable footprint you have had on the African Association of Agricultural Economists (AAAE) and the underlying impact on the agricultural economics profession and professionals in our discipline on the continent. On second thought, I was tempted to dedicate the note to the friend and brother that you were to me. Professor, Adebiyi Gregory Daramola, you have been an active member of the African Association of Agricultural Economists. Between 2010 and 2013, you served as Editor in Chief of the journal of the association, the African Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics (AfJARE). Your appointment to this task alone illustrated the high regard and esteem your peers on the continent had for you. AfJARE is the most symbolic product of the Association and has become the only high-profile African journal in which contemporary issues affecting agriculture in Africa are analysed. It is currently listed in the Scopus source list and the Thomson Reuters Emerging Sources Citation Index.  You helped make AfJARE the leading scientific journal it is today. Thousands of agricultural economists across the continent and elsewhere continue to use this journal to build their capacity. Professor, that is the irony. Even in your absence, you continue to profess. You may be gone, but your work remains and continues to spread through the training of those who would revolutionize African agriculture and change the destiny of Africa's development... you can be proud of this legacy. The Association will forever be indebted to you for your contribution. On a personal note, I first met Biyi more than 20 years ago, during one of my first trips to Nigeria. Our first encounter happened in a cocoa field, where we were in the context of a sub-regional study we were conducting.  Our shared passion for the discipline made it inevitable that we would become friends after that encounter. Later, we realized that we both had a close affinity with President Adesina, which turned our friendship into a brotherhood. I want you to know that I appreciate your brotherhood and friendship. The moments we spent together in the professional setting, or simply some moments of laughter that we enjoyed. My friend Biyi, my brother Biyi, Prof Daramola Adebiyi, former Editor-in-Chief of the African Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, receives the gratitude of your fellow agricultural economists on the continent. You did what you had to do. Your life has enlightened us because you are a light, a light that never goes out. Go in peace Adieu Mon frère!   Guy Blaise NKAMLEU, - Lead Economist, African Development Bank,  - President, African Association of Agricultural Economists (AAAE)