I first met Stephen in the 1990s; during the past few years we had more conversations and contact. What impressed me most, was his drive in unearthing the hidden facts of history, be it in archives or the fields and cities of Africa. Stephen was a gifted and sometimes acerbic storyteller, who could cause peals of laughter around him at the Africa Studies Centre. I will remember his courage in telling the truth as he saw it, his kindness to up-and-coming academics, and his unpretentious enthusiasm. You will be missed, Stephen. Rus sag.