Mr. Rawlings with Ms. Konadu at Achimota College and then the pair decades on as man and wife

by michael eli dokosi/

It’s a love story forged on the campus of Achimota College, that prestigious boarding school in the British model in Accra which run for 43 years but ended on Thursday, November 12, 2020 with the demise of Ghana’s former President Jerry John Rawlings.

While the nation moans, there’s no telling the grief widow Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings is going through. Curiously, in one of her past interviews she disclosed she was not immediately attracted to Mr. Rawlings when they met on Achimota campus.

About how tough it was for him to finally woo Madam Agyeman, Mr. Rawlings once revealed.

“I don’t know what it is like these days but in those days, it took me close to five years to be able to hold her hands, and long after I’d joined the Air Force and became a Pilot Officer, whenever I would try to visit, I had to remove my cap and actually scrub her mother’s car before I could say hello to her.”

Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings confers with Jerry Rawlings

Eventually Konadu accepted to go on a date with the pair marrying in 1977. Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings became the First Lady of Ghana from June 4, 1979 to September 24, 1979 and December 31, 1981 to January 7, 2001, as wife of President Jeremiah John Rawlings.

The union produced first child Zanetor Rawlings in 1978 who is now Member of Parliament of the Klottey-Korley Constituency in the Greater Accra Region. There are two other daughters Yaa Asantewaa, Amina as well as son Kimathi Rawlings.

Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings leans on husband via Yaw Pare
The Rawlings family