Contributed by TAYO-ALABI IBUKUNOLU
The popular Jerry Rawlings, a former Ghanaian president. He was born on the 22nd day of June 1947 in Accra, Ghana. James Jerry Rawlings is the son of James Ramsey John and Victoria Agbotui. His father is of Scottish descent while his mother is Ghanaian. Jerry Rawlings father never acknowledged him as his son. Jerry Rawlings was the first president of the 4th republic of Ghana. He was a military leader. Nana Konadu is Jerry Rawlings wife. They both met at the Achimota College which was also where he completed his secondary education and now they are happily married with four kids.
After his secondary education, he joined the Ghana Air Force and was commissioned as a pilot officer after his graduation from Takoradi in Ghana’s western region. Jerry Rawlings is the founder of National Democratic Congress (NDC). Its a social democratic party in Ghana. His tenure was said to be complicated because it was violent which was due to fact that he was a military man. Regardless of this, Rawlings is said to be one of Ghana’s best presidents. In the history of Ghana, Jerry Rawlings is said to be the only president to have two vice-presidents serve under him. He is also a huge fan of boxing and football. He supports two local football teams; Accra hearts of Oak football club and the Ghana Black Stars.
He is a good lover of music as he was a part of his school’s choir in Achimota. He is a huge fan of Michael Jackson and this was revealed when Michael Jackson passed away as Rawlings wrote a heartfelt note for him. Rawlings is known for his humility as there was a time he was trending on Twitter all over the world after he got out of his car to control traffic in Accra. Rawlings is also an anti AIDS activist in Africa on behalf of the United Nations. Jerry Rawlings presently lives with his wife in Accra.