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9 Interesting Facts Former President Jerry John Rawlings You Did not Know



Ghana’s former head of state and the first president of the 4th Republic, Flt Lt Jerry John Rawlings passed on today after battling with short illness.

The former president died at age 73.

Mr. Rawlings as he is affectionately called has endeared himself to the Ghanaian people with his “Boom” speeches as well as his charismatic style of leadership.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Mr Rawlings and his wife, Nana Konadu Agyeman-Ralwings attended the Achimota School together and their love blossomed from there.

Despite their status as a power couple in Ghana who have it all, Mrs Rawlings revealed that it wasn’t all rosy from the beginning.

According to her, she had to rent a room for the both of them when they first got married and the former president provided chairs from an aircraft that was no more in use.

The two got married at the the Ridge Church in 1977 with few friends attending.

They are blessed with four children; Zanetor, Amina, Kimathi and Yaa Asantewaa Rawlings.


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What governments all over the world are doing after COVID



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.

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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.

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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.

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Nigeria Warns Of Possible Eid Al-Fitr Bomb Attacks



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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.

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A splinter faction of Boko Haram known as Islamic State West Africa Province (Iswap) said it carried out the attacks.



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Russia Cuts Off Gas Supplies To Bulgaria And Poland



Russia Cuts Off Gas Supplies To Bulgaria And Poland

The Russian energy giant Gazprom says it has cut off all gas deliveries to both Bulgaria and Poland after both countries refused to start paying for the supplies in roubles.

Earlier, both Polish and Bulgarian energy providers said they had received official notices from the Russian gas supplier that deliveries were due to be cut.

Gazprom’s announcement comes after some confusion earlier this morning, when data showed gas supplies into Poland through Belarus temporarily reduced to zero before resuming.

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Bulgaria’s gas network had also said the country was still receiving Russian gas as of this morning.

We are yet to see any data of gas volumes into Poland or Bulgaria since Gazprom’s announcement just now.




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