The former President is the founder of the National Democratic Congress, a party whose ideas lean towards socialism and leftist ideologies.
However, a lot of Ghanaians especially millennials do not know so much about the man who was Ghana’s president for close to 20 years beginning from 1979 to 2001.
Below are 9 quick yet interesting facts about Papa J you definitely should add to your historical records.
President Rawlings is a practising Catholic
Unknown to many, former President is a born and bred Catholic man who was born to a Scottish father, James Ramsey John and a Ghanaian Victoria Agbotui who was the head of the catering department at the State House in Accra. He continues to practice his faith even in his old age.
He was a chorister
Shocking right?? A young Jerry John Rawlings was part of the Achimota School choir which performed for President Nkrumah at the Flag Staff House on national ceremonies. He is no more a chorister but he manages to sing a few melodious tunes when he gets the chance.
He is a big fan of Micheal Jackson
You would have expected a man of his calibre to be a lover of certain genres of music other than pop but this where Papa J disappoints you. The former President is a fan of King Of Pop, Micheal Jackson and his music.
They both met on few occasions and struck a friendship as revealed by Mr Rawlings when the latter passed away in 2009.
“The world has lost one of its greatest sons. Michael, you made an impact and you changed the whole world in so many ways. Go in peace….you will be missed!” he wrote.
His all-time favorite songs include “They Don’t Care About Us” and “Heal the World”
President Rawlings is also an avid football and boxing fan
Mr. Boom is also a fan of football and supports the Accra Hearts of Oak footballing club as well as the Ghana Black Stars.
He’s also friends with several coaches including the late Sam Arday among others. He also loves boxing and has been seen at several boxing games
He is the only leader who was both military and democratic
Ex. President JJ Rawlings walked into the corridors of power through a military coup d’état in 1979 and later handed over to a democratic government.
In 1981 he took back power from Dr. Hilla Limann’s government citing weak leadership plus economic malfeasance as his motive and after 13 years returned the nation to democratic governance in 1992 where he contested and won two terms as president.
He won the “Speed Bird Trophy” in his graduating year
Flt. Jerry John Rawlings graduated as the best cadet in flying and airmanship in 1969 winning the coveted “Speed Bird Trophy” for his year group.
The rumour mill has it that the trained pilot was able to fly a plane below the Adomi bridge as part of his stunts.
He is the only president in the history of Ghana to have two vice-presidents serve under him.
President JJ Rawlings is a hard man to please so it’s no wonder he goes into the history books as the only president to have had two vice-presidents serving under him.
After certain issues with Kow Nkensen Arkaah of blessed memory during his first term of office, he went in for the late President John Evans Atta-Mills as his vice for the 1996 elections.
He was the Chief of Defence Staff from 1982-1983
Most people do not know this but Flt Lt Jerry John Rawlings was the Chief Of Ghana’s Defense staff from November 1982 to August 1983 making him the only CDS to have assumed the highest position of the Land.
He’s been married to his high school sweetheart, Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings for 38 years.
What governments all over the world are doing after COVID in 2022.
One of the most important ways that societies intervene to buffer the adverse consequences of socioeconomic disadvantage is through the provision of social assistance. Social assistance refers to government programs that provide a minimum level of income support to individuals and households living in poverty.
When people talk about people receiving public assistance – food stamps, disability, unemployment payments, and other government help – they often have stereotypes and inaccurate perceptions of who those people are and what their lives are like.
This view of some people is affecting policy for the growing ranks of our nation’s poor, says a new report from a joint project from Save the Children and the Center for American Progress. The report compares the U.S. means of measuring economic opportunity and poverty with the experience of other countries, including five peer nations on the same income scale. It shows that people in many peer countries are given assistance as a matter of public policy, and these nations tend to view welfare programs as a short-term emergency measure.
Many countries like the U.S and spend significantly more taxpayer money on assistance than peer countries. After a few years of assistance, people on welfare in the U.S. have a much more difficult time finding jobs, according to the recent National Survey of Transitional Assistance Providers. These programs lend support either in the form of direct cash transfers or through a variety of in-kind benefits (e.g. food stamps and rent subsidies). Social assistance has been shown to strengthen the purchasing power of the poor and raise their material standards of living.
However, the government does not provide these social assistance programs to ensure marginalized populations are treated fairly, the report says. In fact, U.S. policy determines participation by significant factors, such as the stigma associated with poverty.
Many social programs determine eligibility before a person’s need for support. They include the U.S. Earned Income Tax Credit, which provides an additional tax refund to working families. Similarly, these benefits are made available only to the poor, as with food stamps and Medicaid eligibility. The report finds positive signs.
Throughout the world, government assistance helps increase your odds of getting a job, incorporates receiving benefits (by lowering the barriers to receive), raises your wages, and reduces the chances of falling into poverty. This means people who receive the assistance are less likely to experience long-term poverty.
Some nations take a deliberate approach to the provision of social assistance because they view the social support system as integral to promoting social and economic mobility. In many cases, straight into the workforce programs and an expansion.
Access to jobs is crucial to moving families out of poverty. Unemployment and disability, for example, only benefit people when they work. A policy reform could make the social safety net more effective.
Nigeria’s secret police have warned of possible bomb attacks during celebrations for Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
In a statement, spokesperson Peter Afunanya said the Department of State Services (DSS) had uncovered a plot by suspected gangs to carry out attacks on critical infrastructure, places of worship and recreation centres.
The warning comes after recent explosions at bars in the north-eastern states of Taraba and Yobe that killed several people.