Former first lady, Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings has described her relationship with her husband, Jerry John Rawlings as a divine creation designed to lead the transformation of Ghana.
In a tribute read on her behalf by her daughter, Princess Amina Rawlings during the burial service of the former statesman, Mrs Agyeman-Rawlings said although they faced challenges, “we made a formidable team and believed in each other and in our dreams of making Ghana a country we could all be proud of.”
She praised Mr Rawlings for his unique leadership qualities and resilience in resuscitating a country that was at the time at the brink of collapse.
“…One to set the pace for our sub-region and continent, I dare say, we did not do a bad job, as you worked assiduously on State matters, I concentrated on empowering the women and improving the quality of life for them.
“Irrespective of their origins or creed, we were a team fighting to transform a collapsed state into one of potential prosperity for all. You did your best and I played my part in my own way,” she said.
The former First Lady also commended her 43-year-long partner for challenging her to do her best in empowering women, children, and the vulnerable in society.
“You always said you did not need titles to define you, so you remained Flight Lieutenant Jerry John Rawlings. You also said you did not need political titles to influence the party to do what is right and honest for Ghana, so for most, you remained ‘Chairman’.
“To me, you were and always will be Jerry, My love, my life partner, my friend. You were for Ghana and for me.”