5 details Nana Konadu revealed about Rawlings’ 1979 coups at her book launch

5 details Nana Konadu revealed about Rawlings’ 1979 coups at her book launch

On Monday, November 26, 2018, former first lady, Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings launched her biography, titled, ‘It Takes A Woman.’

YEN.com.gh understands that it is the first in a series of books she will publish, in a bid to provide deep insights into her political activism and experiences.

The 331-page book tells the story of her political journey as a first lady, her advocacy for women empowerment and founding of the National Democratic Party (NDP).

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Speaking at the ceremony, she revealed some facts about two coup d’états in 1979 in whichher husband, Jerry John Rawlings played key roles:

1. She played no role in the May 15 and June 4 coups:

Nana Konadu disclosed that she came home from work one day to see some men with her husband, Jerry John Rawlings at home. She prepared a meal for them, after which they left. The next day, May 15, 1979, she heard of the attempted coup by her husband and some military officers.

2. She argued with her mother over choice of lawyers for Rawlings’

Rawlings and some officers were arrested and imprisoned. The task of selecting a lawyer to represent them became a hot issue for discussion between her mother and herself.

3. She eventually went to Tsatsu Tsikata at University of Ghana. Legon

Nana Konadu later drove to the University of Ghana, Legon, to look for lawyer and lecturer, Tsatsu Tsikata. She revealed that she sat in her car and waited for a long time before he eventually showed up.

4. Tsatsu Tsikata led her to another lawyer who eventually represented Rawlings

Tsatsu Tsikata, after listening to her, led her to another lawyer, Adumua-Bossman, who was then the president of the Ghana Bar Association (GBA). He agreed to represent Rawlings.

5. Her mother told her about the June 4 coup and the subsequent broadcast

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