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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