Thursday, 11 June 2009
Chinweizu is a Nigerian critic, poet, journalist and pan-African Philosopher. Though he has identified himself and is known simply as Chinweizu, he was born Chinweizu Ibekwe in Isuikwuato in the part of Eastern Region that is known today as Abia State, and was educated at Government College, Afikpo. He later attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for college education. While studying in America, during the civil rights era, Chinweizu became influenced by the philosophy of a black arts movement.
He later enrolled for a Ph.D. at the State University of New York (SUNY), Buffalo, under the supervision of political scientist [Claude E. Welch, Jr. Chinweizu apparently had a disagreement with his dissertation committee and walked away with his manuscript, which he got published as The West and the Rest of Us: White Predators, Black Slavers, and the African Elite by the powerhouse New York based Random House in 1975. He took the book to SUNY, Buffalo, where he demanded, and was promptly awarded, his Ph.D. in 1976, one year after he had published the dissertation. Thus, the publication settled his disagreement with his advisors in his favor. The book was highly acclaimed and cited within the field of radical political economy of the 1970s and 1980s.