The African Mathematical Union was founded in 1976 at the first Pan-African Conference of Mathematicians was held in Rabat, Morocco. Its first President was Henri Hogbe Nlend from Cameroon who published an important text Bornologies and functional analysisin 1977. In 1978 the Union began publication of the journal Africa Matematika.
Nlend held the presidency until the second Pan-African Congress of Mathematicians held in Jos, Nigeria, in 1986 when the second President Aderemi Kuku was elected. He is a Nigerian who works in K-theory and at the time of his election he was Head of the Department of Mathematics at the University of Ibadan. The Union set up four commissions in 1986: the Commission on the History of Mathematics in Africa; the Commission on Women in Mathematics in Africa; the Commission Mathematics Education; and the Commission on Mathematics Olympiad.
In 1991 the third Pan-African Congress of Mathematicians was held in Nairobi, Kenya, and at this time Aderemi Kuku was re-elected to serve another term as President. At the fourth Pan-African Congress of Mathematicians held in Ifrane, Morocco, in 1995, Ahmed Kerkour was elected President of the Society. Also in 1995 South Africa joined the African Mathematical Union.
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