New Book: Making Of A Bermudian Revolutionary

December 7, 2015

A new book by author Colwyn “Junior” Burchall aims to chronicle the amazing life story of Bermudian Pauulu Kamarakafego and his effect on the political landscape in Bermuda and around the world.

The book, titled, They Called Him ‘Roose’: Pauulu Kamarakafego and the Making of a Bermuda Revolutionary, is available now for $20 at  People’s Pharmacy, the Bookmart, and the Bermuda Bookstore.

A spokesperson said, “They Called Him ‘Roose’ is a well-written and visually arresting book that chronicles the myriad forces that buffeted Bermuda and helped to inspire revolutionary movements on the island and across the globe over the past eight decades.

“Against this backdrop, the story of the inimitable firebrand, Pauulu Kamarakafego, is cast, allowing the reader a bird’s eye view into the motivations that drove this home-grown, Pan Africanist revolutionary and pioneering scientist to amass a record of achievements that permanently and positively transformed the social and political landscape in Bermuda, as well as around the world.

“Like Mr. Burchall’s previous book, Dame Lois: The People’s Advocate [published in 2011], They Called Him ‘Roose’ is intended to nurture the development of critical thinking skills that encourage readers to place their local experiences within a wider, global context.”

Pauulu Kamarakafego The Making of A Bermudian Revolutionary Bermuda Dec 6 2015

“Pauulu Kamarakafego crisscrossed the globe, spreading the message of Pan Africanism to the four corners. He rubbed shoulders and developed liberation strategies with Malcolm X, Fidel Castro, Julius Nyerere and Kwame Nkrumah.

“In 1952, he was shot in the thigh in Cuba as a ‘reward’ for standing with those who resisted unjust authority. Less than a decade later, while working in Liberia, he was shot in the back for the ‘crime’ of engaging in activism on behalf of that nation’s most oppressed people.

“He helped to bring independence to the New Hebrides. He masterminded and instituted many important public policy initiatives in Papua New Guinea, Tanzania and Kenya.

“He used his expertise as an ecological engineer to significantly improve the lives of millions of China’s poorest and most vulnerable people. And here in Bermuda, he organized the Committee for Universal Adult Suffrage [CUAS], which set the stage for the island to embrace the electoral practice of one person, one vote of equal value. Pauulu Kamarakafego was truly larger than life.”

Mr. Burchall sought to bring the incredible story of this legendary Bermudian to the people of Bermuda through his fourth offering in the Icons Series catalogue.

He officially introduced his latest work at the Bermuda National Library on Thursday, December 3, where it was very well received by those in attendance.

This coming Saturday [Dec 12], Mr. Burchall will be signing copies of the book at the Bookmart at Brown & Co between 11am and 3pm.

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  1. Terry says:

    Well he had a lot of company.

  2. BornB says:

    Very nice! Interesting…. such a shame our educational system (in my day) did not teach us ANYTHING about OUR history, all we got was the discovery of Bermuda (Juan De Bermudez)…. smdh

    • Terry says:

      Maybe you were born “B”.
      Maybe you were part of the ‘Fight’.


    • Impressive says:

      and Sir Goerge Somers. I will never the get the experience I had during my freshman year in university when I was informed about Booker T. Washington and many others. I felt like so many things where hidden from me.. All I was taught up to that point was about Napoleon, Lenin, Stalin, Karl Marx etc., but I was never exposed to others who had made significant contributions in history that weren’t of European decent. Very unfortunate.

      • Ya, like Christopher got lost, and got credit for discovering a land that was inhabited thousands of years before he got there !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Sigh says:

    It is definitely unfortunate that his legacy is not taught to our students. I am honored to say this amazing man was my great uncle and blessed my high school class with his stories and experiences while I was there in the 90s. It’s time that we start truly honoring our heroes and pass on their legacy to other generations.

    • Terry says:

      Then why have you neglected to do it to date.

      With a name like “Sigh” I understand.

  4. Sigh says:

    @ Terry – I was a student and he physically visited my class. He’s now deceased, I’m confused at your point

    • Terry says:

      Glad you got to see him in “class”.
      Great Uncle……………..

  5. Jean Foggo Simon says:

    Roose attended both Skinner’s School and Howard Academy. He was a prime example of their graduates – doing what was the example set by Edward deJean, Braxton Burgess, Miss Eva Robinson and Dr. Paul de laChevotiere. I am blessed to have known him during those years of educational struggle.

  6. Jean Foggo Simon says:

    Best of luck with your book. Looking forward to reading it. Thank you

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