The wife of Jerry John Rawlings, Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings, has said she had to learn a lot when she met the former President, including coping with his friends, but she could not and her late husband called her “snooty” which is the show of disapproval or contempt towards others, especially those considered to belong to a lower social class.
Many had lamented, how the Great JJ Rawlings ostracized most of his friends, acquaintances, family members, political comrades, military colleagues among others and suffered loneliness while in office and many years after his 19 years rule.
It has been reported that, that Mr Rawlings died a lonely man, and the widow’s tribute read on her behalf by one of their daughters, Princess Amina Agyeman-Rawlings, has provided an insight into the couple’s life.
Close family sources, have claimed that there was no marriage at the time of Rawlings’ death, and that the couple lived separate from each other and only met for social functions like state events, and went to their individual residences.
Whilst, Nana Konadu was said to be living at Adjiriganor near East Legon in Accra, Mr Rawlings mostly spent time at Vume near Sogakope in the Volta Region at the banks of the Volta Lake.
Rawlings’, an Ewe, had traditional rulers from his ethnic group staying away from his burial and funeral service because of confusion between his widow and mother’s family.
In the tribute, Mrs Rawlings, admitted that she and her husband “started on a journey that was free and easy in spirit.”
She disclosed that when she met Mr Rawlings, she was green and there was a lot she had to learn about real life, considering the fact that she had overprotective parents.