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The late former President of Ghana His Excellency, J.J Rawlings.

Yesterday, Africa received quite sad and unexpected news. The former President of Ghana, His Excellency Jerry John Rawlings passed away after a short illness. He died at  Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Accra, Ghana. Mr. Rawlings was born on the 22th of June 1947. He was the president of Ghana from 1981 to 2001 and also for a brief period in 1979. The late JJ Rawlings buried his mother, Mrs Victoria Agbotui about two weeks ago. She was 101 years old.

The funeral of the late president’s mother can be viewed in the video below.

The following is a message from the Secretary-General of the Pan African Writers Association, Dr. Wale Okediran.

The Pan African Writers Association (PAWA) has received with shock and extreme sadness the news of the demise of His Excellency, Jerry John Rawlings on Thursday, November 12 2020.

Apart from his immense contributions to the development of Ghana and Africa as a whole, PAWA recalls with nostalgia and deep gratitude the pivotal role played by the late statesman in the formative years of PAWA.

It will be recalled that PAWA was formed in 1989 when J J Rawlings was the Ghanaian Head Of State.

During his 19 years in office, the late President worked assiduously with other African Leaders to give PAWA a proper grounding.

In addition, J J Rawlings provided befitting premises for the PAWA Headquarters in Accra, Ghana. The facility was commissioned on his behalf on February 19 1991 by his then Finance Minister, Prof Kwesi Botchwey.

This wonderful gesture was followed by the granting of full diplomatic status to PAWA, a courtesy which the organization enjoys to date.

On behalf of all African Writers, PAWA conveys it’s deep sympathies to His Excellency, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo- Addo, the Government and people of Ghana, the wife, former First Lady, Nana Konodu Agyeman-Rawlings, the children as well as family and friends of the late former President.

PAWA will soon make an announcement on how to immortalize the departed statesman and lover of Arts, Literature and Culture.

May the soul of our departed hero rest in perfect peace. Amen.

Dr. Wale Okediran
PAWA Secretary-General
PAWA House,
Roman Ridge, Accra, Ghana.
Dr. Wale Okediran

I got goosebumps watching the video below, ‘Faces Of Africa – The Jerry Rawlings Story’

Sleep well son of the soil… @AfriqueBeat

About Constance van Niekerk

Constance van Niekerk, (Connie V) is a creative writer, poet, music lover, spoken word artist, freelance writer, blogger and educator. She has contributed to several anthologies and published her own collection, Echoes of My Heart: A Poetry Collection available for purchase on all Amazon Stores Worldwide. Follow her on Twitter : @convanniekerk Connect with her on Facebook and Linkedin.


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