Jerry Rawlings: From ‘khaki to kente’ – How Rawlings escape firing squad, stage two coup d’états and win two elections for Ghana in 20 years
After six year romance between Victoria Agbotui den James R. John a Scotish man, dem born Rawlings on 22nd June, 1947 for Adabraka.
As a child he attend Mercy Sam school where he develop interest in arts as a child.
Years later Rawlings go Achimota School where he secure en General Certificate of Education ‘O’ Level in 1966.
During en days for Achimota School, he encounter de likes of Kwame Nkrumah who at de time be Prime Minister of Ghana.
After Achimota School Jerry John Rawlings join de Ghana Armed Forces to become a pilot.
In 1969, he graduate as commissioned Pilot Officer wey he win de highest “Speed Bird Trophy” as best airforce cadet for de flying training school wey by 1978 he rise to de rank of Flight-Lieutenant.
Rawlings marry en wife Nana Konadu on 29th January, 1977 after dem date each other for almost a decade.
On May 28, 1979, Flt.-Lt. Rawlings den other six military officers appear before court after failed coup attempt.
He justify de coup as en idea wey he cite corruption and headship as en reason for de coup.
Rawlings appear before court wey during de court proceedings he talk de judge say make dem hold am guilty and free an colleagues sake of he be de man behind de failed coup.
De court sentence Rawlings to death by firing squad on June 7, 1979.
But a group of junior army officers help J.J Rawlings escape from prison after which he successfully remove de ruling govment of Supreme Military Council.
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