Jerry Rawlings

RIEP former Ghanaian president Jerry Rawlings. You were an inspiration to me, and you graciously let me spend time with you when you were out of power. 

I remember you driving your wife Nana and myself to Akosombo and we spent the day swimming in Lake Volta. On the way home we came across a serious accident and you stopped your car and got out to help the victims.

Two years later you retook power and were once again the head of state. This is one of many photos I took of you at Burmah Camp, the headquarters of the Ghana Armed Forces, at your first press conference as new head of state.

The last time I saw you was by accident in London last year, when I was driving over Tower Bridge, and you were being driven in a car heading in the opposite direction.

You did a lot for your country and its economic recovery from those hungry days is a tribute to your leadership and vision.

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Jerry John Rawlings (22 June 1947 – 12 November 2020 was a Ghanaian military officer and politician who led the country from 1981 to 2001 and also for a brief period in 1979. He led a military junta until 1992, and then served two terms as the democratically elected president of Ghana.

© Ian Watts