Stephen Nji Mbandi, born on December 23, 1942, in Mbemi, Cameroon, peacefully departed from this world at his home in Bowie, Maryland on Wednesday, December 13th, 2023.
Pa Stephen, the cherished son of the late Papa Samuel Mbandi Mudang and Mama Martha Ning Mbandi, embodied the values instilled in him by his parents, shaping a life of purpose and kindness. His memory will forever live on through the legacy he leaves behind in his children: Mbah, Nji, Chiq, and Ngu. Pa Stephen was not only a devoted father but also a beloved uncle to many nieces and nephews, and a grandfather to Lailani Mbandi, Ajani Mbandi, Kaiyen Mbandi, Mikaela Mbandi, Vehkai Mbandi, Anae Mbandi, and Amah Mbandi.
His educational journey was a testament to his commitment to knowledge and excellence. Stephen pursued his undergraduate studies at the International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan, and continued his academic pursuits with graduate studies at the University of Manchester in the UK. His thirst for knowledge culminated in a Doctorate from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA. Dr. Mbandi's contributions to academia and research were vast, leaving an enduring impact on the minds of those he inspired. Colleagues and students alike admired his dedication to education and the pursuit of wisdom.
In addition to his scholarly achievements, Dr. Mbandi served as the head of the Pan African Institute for Development, leaving an indelible mark on the landscape of academia and research. His leadership extended beyond the educational realm, encompassing pivotal roles at Habitat for Humanity and within the Prince Georges County government.
Beyond his scholarly pursuits, Pa Stephen was a pillar of strength and love for his family. He found joy in the laughter of his children and the playful chatter of his grandchildren. His wisdom, kindness, and unwavering support filled his family with love and warmth.
He was preceded in death by his beloved parents, Papa Samuel Mbandi Mudang and Mama Martha Mudang, his siblings Lawson, Joseph, Rose, and Michael. While he may have bid farewell to this world, his spirit lives on in the hearts of those fortunate enough to know him.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation, reflecting Pa Stephen's commitment to making a positive impact on the world. May he rest in eternal peace, and may his family find solace in the memories of a life well-lived.