The late Sulayman Nyang was born into a Muslim family in Bathurst/Banjul, The Gambia, in the mid-1940s. After completing high school, Nyang traveled to the United States of America, in the early 1960s, to pursue higher education and completed a doctorate degree in political Science, at the University of Virginia in 1974.
Following a stint as a diplomat in Saudi Arabia, under Gambia’s Ministry of External Affairs, Nyang would accept a tenure-track Assistant Professorship at Howard University, where he rose to become Professor and Chair of the African Studies Program.
Professor Sulayman Nyang was a prolific writer and internationally acclaimed political scientist and Pan-Africanist scholar who chronicled in detail The Gambia’s post-independence political evolution and thereafter. Professor Nyang was a trailblazer in every sense of the word- having begun the African Studies Program at Howard University and became a Distinguished member of the USA-based African Studies Association.
A humanist and an unfailing gracious person Professor Nyang attracted scores of students to Howard where he supervised and mentored well over fifty Ph.D. students, who in turn became distinguished scholars and professionals throughout the world.
During his long and impactful career Professor Nyang would focus his scholarly work on Islam and traveled the globe delivering invited lectures, while fostering/promoting Inter-Faith Dialogue in the USA, and around the world. His book, among others, Islam, Christianity, and African Identity symbolized his commitment to global peace, and Inter-faith dialogue.