Jerry John Rawlings:The Father of Modern and Democratic Ghana

I didn’t enjoy being President – Rawlings 

Jerry Rawlings popularly known as J.J is the former president of Ghana. A hand–on, brave and astute leader mostly revered and known for revolutionizing the political and economic status of Ghana at a dire point in its history.

His famous escape from execution in 1979 and the brave rescue by his military friends from a dictatorial government became his turning point, for the presidency.

Video Credit: Faces Of Africa- The Jerry Rawlings story


In November 2000, Rawlings was named the first International Year of Volunteers 2001 Eminent Person by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan,  attending various events and conferences to promote volunteerism.

In October 2010, Jerry John Rawlings was named African Union Envoy to Somalia.

He has given lectures in universities, including Oxford University.  Jerry John Rawlings has continued his heavy support for NDC.

Awards and honors

This award recognized Rawlings’s contribution to the establishment of the University. In 1993 he used his US$50,000 Hunger Project cash prize as seed money to sponsor the establishment of the state-owned university (founded in May 1992), the first of its kind in the three northern regions.

  • October 2013: Global Champion for People’s Freedom award by the Mkiva Humanitarian Foundation.
Incumbent Ghanaian President Akufo-Addo and former President John Jerry Rawlings shared a joke.
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