WALTER RODNEY: THE AUTHOR OF HOW EUROPE UNDERDEVELOPED AFRICA
The Forgetting Pan Africanist, Walter Rodney was born on 23rd March, 1942 in Guyana (Caribbean). He attended the University College of the West Indies (UCWI) in Jamaica on scholarship also graduated on 1963 with first class degree in History there by winning the faculty of art prize.
He earned a PhD in African History on 1966 at Oriental and African studies in London, England at the age of 24.
He lectures at the university of Dares Salam in Tanzania also at the alma mater university of (UCWI)
He was also Called to take up a position as a professor at the university of Guyana, but the Guyanese government prevent his appointment.
Rodney travelled widely and well know internationally as an activist, scholar, orator and Pan Africanist and was important in the Black Power movement in the Caribbean and North America. While living in Dares Salam he was influential in developing a new centre at African learning and discussion.
Due to his oratory prowess he was ban by the government of Jamaica via the University College of West Indies
This action warrant protests by student and which escalated into a riot resulting to six death.
Rodney wrote a record-brokening book “How European underdeveloped Africa” on 1972.
This book became enormously influential as well as controversial.
On June 1980, he was killed at the age of 38 by a bomb in his car, a month after returning from celebration during independence in Zimbabwe in a time of intense political activism.
After his assassination, Rodney received several honours. In 1993, the government of Dr Cheddi Jagan posthumously gave him the country’s highest national award, the Order of Excellence, and the Walter Rodney Chair in History was established at the University of Guyana.