My last name is not Rawlings; the military changed it - JJ Rawlings recounts

- Former president, Jerry John Rawlings, has revealed that his surname isn't actually Rawlings

- He recounted how his surname, which happens to be John, was changed when he was enlisted into the military

- According to him, he accepted to be enlisted despite a change in his last name

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Former president of Ghana, Jerry John Rawlings, has revealed that unlike what many people, especially Ghanaians, know to be his surname, actually isn't

Affectionately called Papa J, he recounted how his surname, which happens to be John, was changed when the military sent him a letter of enlistment.

Speaking to Asaase Radio and reported by, the former president said he did not want a change in name together with all its legal requirements to ruin his chances of getting into the military, which had always been his dream.

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During the interview, Rawlings explained how things unfolded:

"I was born Jerry Rawlings John. I was named after my father, James Ramsey John, a chemist from Castle Douglas in Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland.
However, when I applied to join the Armed Forces they replied to me, then they switched the position of ‘John’ and ‘Rawlings."

Interestingly, all four children of the former president have their surnames as Rawlings instead of John, which happens to be their father's original surname.

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In other news, former Ghanaian president, Jerry John Rawlings, has finally registered for the new voters' identification card ahead of the 2020 election.

He visited the PWD Maintenance Unit Castle registration centre in the Klottey Korle constituency on Thursday, 9 July, to sign up for a new voters’ identity card.

In photos sighted by, he was accompanied by his daughter and Member of Parliament for the Klottey Korle constituency, Dr Zanetor Agyeman-Rawlings.

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