Dr. Joseph Ravoahangy Adrianavalona, Malagasy Minister Delegate to the Presidency, died in Tananarive, the Malagasy?
Dr. Joseph Ravoahangy Adrianavalona, Malagasy Minister Delegate to the Presidency, died in Tananarive, the Malagasy capital, on Friday ( August 21). He was 77.
Dr. Ravoahangy was one of the leaders of the 1947 national insurrection against French Colonial Rule in Madagascar.
He was exiled to France, but returned to Madagascar in 1960 when the country was granted national sovereignty.
Dr. Ravoahangy was buried at a State Funeral on Monday (August 24) in the presence of President Philibert Tsirana and his wife.
A journalist and Trade Unionist, Dr. Ravoahangy began fighting for self-rule for Madagascar in 1916, and was deported to the Comores Islands by the French colonial authorities for seven years. He had been studying medicine before his deportation, and when he returned, finished his studies and practised as a doctor from 1924 to 1927.
He then decided to turn to journalism and went to Diego Suarez where he wrote for several nationalist newspapers. He was also active in trade unionism and set up medical and dental trade unions and the Franco-Malagasy Press Trade Union.
In 1945 Dr. Ravoahangy was elected deputy for Madagascar to the French National Assembly, and set up the Democratic Movement for National Revival (MDRM), whose leaders were arrested after the 1947 uprising.