Anytime the name of Jerry John Rawlings in mentioned in reference to the history of Ghana, it usually draws the image of an autocratic, no-nonsense personality.
And that is indeed what the leader of the popular and violent uprising in Ghana in 1979 dubbed the June 4th revolution is most known for.
He is seen as the autocratic hand that bends the laws of democracy to the betterment of Ghana.
And in recent times, he has been hailed as the needed authority to move Ghana out of rampant corruption and malfeasances.
But a throwback photo of the former Head of State posted on his Facebook page might show people the loving and caring side of Rawlings that most people don’t resonate with.
In the image, John Rawlings is seen in full army attire, bending down to speak with a handicapped gentleman.
According to the caption accompanying the image, Rawlings had gotten off “the dais to speak with a handicapped gentleman at the inauguration of the creation of the Upper-West Region September 28, 1987”.
A person in the picture who looks like the first president of Ghana, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah is also seen looking on in the image.
However, Dr, Kwame Nkrumah died in 1972 and this picture was taken in 1983.
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