A Mighty Great Tree Has Fallen. And it’s Bad


Dr Lincoln Imbuga Khasakhala. Where do I begin? So it’s one of our Saturday classes. Theo goes like, ‘guys Khasakhala is so modest, he can’t even tell us he is one of the authors of DSM V,’ as he went ahead to show precisely where his name was listed. Theo is that guy who can leave you with a lot of questions because of the things he knows, questions as, uhmmm what were you looking for to discover that, but we love him as a class, he does have a dark sense of humor though, but we love him that way, don’t want Theo any other way. Dr Khasakhala had a copy of the DSM V when it was a mere rumor that starting from the year 2014 everyone would be required to shift from citing DSM IV-TR to DSM V. And like it was his fashion he was so  cool and went ahead to describe to us how he was consulted and participated in norming it so it would be relevant for Africa. Yes more work needed to be done in representing Africa in the mental illness and health space but Khasakhala told us that is why we are doing doctorates, so our voices can be among those who have been doing this work. Along our journey in academia we discover he is highly respected internationally, and by so called ivy leagues. But there was never condescension or any of that toxic attitude you will encounter in academia with him. He wanted everyone to win. What he knew he wanted you to also know, and was willing to hear what you had to teach him. Everyone in my cohort who has graduated with their doctorate has Khasakhala’s imprint. Kind, witty and reserved human.  I have been unable to mourn you Khasakhala. Then this song comes to my consciousness, Amen, Omen by Ben Harper and just like that, I feel your loss excruciatingly deeply and kind of get a clue where to begin this mourning business, sigh hate you grief. I hope you go well where it is our beloved departed from this realm go, and may you be guided as you have guided so many of us ….

Published by nasewangari

Clinical Psychologist| Humanist| Great passion for demystifying and decolonizing mental health

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