In Memory of Prof. Johan V. Galtung

POETRY FORMAT, 26 Feb 2024

Raïs Neza Boneza – TRANSCEND Media Service

A friend, a father, a mentor to many,
His wisdom transcended, like a beacon, so plenty.
As the founding father of Peace studies,
He nurtured minds, spreading love and unity.

The founder of Peace sciences, his legacy grand,
A guiding light for those who seek to understand.
Oh, what a gift to the world he did bestow,
Yet, politicians and diplomats failed to truly know.

Sadness fills our hearts as we bid him adieu,
For the loss of such a soul, we deeply rue.
Drawing from the Gandhian way , his name shall forever stand,
In the annals of history, a true peacemaker, so grand.

Though the Nobel Peace Prize eluded his grasp,
His noble works shall forever clasp,
No prophet is hailed in their native domain,
An irony of fate, where recognition wanes

Through! The essence of peace, love, and harmony,
Echoing through generations, an everlasting symphony.
To his family, friends, and students worldwide,
I share and extend our heartfelt consolation, far and wide.

May his noble soul find eternal power,
In the beyond, where sorrows cease.
Adieu! Mzee, Sensei  Galtung, in your absence, we shall grieve,
But your teachings and spirit, we shall never leave.

From the sphere of the ancestors
Your legacy lives on, in our hearts, ever pure,
As we said « au revoir», rest in power, in perpetuum.


Raïs Neza Boneza is the author of fiction as well as non-fiction, poetry books and articles. He was born in the Katanga province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (Former Zaïre). He is also an activist and peace practitioner. Raïs is convener of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace Development Environment for Central and African Great Lakes and uses his work to promote artistic expressions as a means to deal with conflicts and maintaining mental wellbeing, spiritual growth and healing. He has travelled extensively in Africa and around the world as a lecturer, educator and consultant for various NGOs and institutions. His work is premised on art, healing, solidarity, peace, conflict transformation and human dignity issues. Raïs work also as freelance journalist based in Trondheim, Norway. You can reach him at

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