- A photo of former president Jerry John Rawlings posing with some soldiers has surfaced online
- The photo was released in commemoration of the 38th anniversary of the 31st December revolution
- The 31st December 1981 coup toppled the Dr. Hilla Limann-led government and ushered in the Provisional National Defense Council (PNDC)
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A photo of former president Jerry John Rawlings in full military uniform has surfaced online.
In the photo, Rawlings posed with a number of military officers, all of whom were wearing uniforms similar to his.
With a military cap on his head, sunglasses to match and his hands folded behind him, he posed for the camera with a stoic expression on his face.
The photo was released by Ghana The Black Star of Africa in commemoration of the 38th anniversary of the 31st December coup, which occurred on December 31, 1981.
The coup led to the toppling of the government of the late president, Dr. Hilla Limann, after which Rawlings formed the Provisional National Defense Council (PNDC).
On the day of the coup, Rawlings said: "fellow Ghanaians, as you will notice, we are not playing the national anthem. In other words, this is not a coup. I ask for nothing less than a REVOLUTION-something that will transform the social and economic order of this country. Fellow citizens, it is now left to you to decide how this country is going to go from today. We are asking for nothing more than the power to organize this country in such a way that nothing will be done from the Castle without the consent and authority of the people. In other words, the people, the farmers, the police, the soldiers, the workers you - the guardians- rich or poor, should be part of the decision-making process of this country.”
In other news, the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) has revealed that it spent about GHc6 million to promote the Year of Return campaign.
According to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the GTA, Akwasi Agyemang, the GHc6 million excluded media documentaries.
Agyemang, however, indicated that the returns far exceeded the expenses incurred by the government.
He also noted that the GTA directly engaged groups such as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the Congressional Black Caucus of the US to drive in more visitors to Ghana as part of the campaign.
Per a report by citinewsroom.com, in a bid to further drive home the message behind the campaign, digital advertisements were also done.
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