Jerry John Rawlings

Today we cherish the memory of one of our heroic Pan African leaders. We celebrate the legacy of Ghana’s first Constitutional President and one of the great warriors of Pan Africanism, His Excellency, Flight Lieutenant Jerry John Rawlings.

Educated in one of Ghana’s most celebrated Secondary School’s — Achimota, J.J. Rawlings, was a true soldier in his own right.

Frustrated with the affairs of his country (Ghana) for what he deemed was a lack of discipline and morale at the highest levels, J.J. Rawlings controversially led a revolt in 1979 which was hashed out in a General Court where he famously expressed his anger towards the social injustices that had prompted him to act and seek power.

In 1992, he formed the National Democratic Congress (NDC) which won the Presidential elections and in the same year, J.J. Rawlings made history by making sure Ghana became the first country in Africa to constitute the “Right of Abode” act. This act within Ghana’s constitution recognized the right to citizenship for African descendants who were taken away from the continent during the Atlantic Slave Trade.

He also helped initiate PANAFEST (Pan African Historical Festival) which became the most celebrated Pan African festival in the world along with Emancipation Day—an event in Ghana that celebrates the emancipation of enslaved Africans in the diaspora.

To add to all his great Pan African achievements, J.J. won the recipient of the 1993 World Hunger Prize and after serving two terms in office, became one of Africa’s strongest leaders and greatest advocates for Pan Africanism.

For these reasons, we want to salute His Excellency, President J.J. Rawlings for all that he has done for his country and the Pan African family.

He will be remembered for his great strength, discipline, voice, passion, charisma and love for Country, Continent, and the Pan African world.

His Excellency, Flight Lieutenant and President Jerry John Rawlings—we want to say Ayeekoo! You have done well. Da yie! Rest in perfect peace!

As we honor the life of our great Pan African leader J.J. Rawlings today and throughout the week, we pause in reflection today and will feature our Founder, the Honorable Kojo Yankah next week.

Honorable Kojo Yankah was one of Africa’s most esteemed journalists who fittingly wrote the best-selling book on the great Jerry John Rawlings “The trial of JJ Rawlings” and served in his government as Minister.

Until then, let’s give thanks for life and continue to keep the faith!

Click to watch more about this great life lived

Thank you to all who have given and continue to support on this historic journey!


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