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Ghana’s Ex President, Jerry John (JJ) Rawlings has died at 73.

Rawlings was born in Accra on the 22nd of June 1947, to a Ghanaian mother and a Scottish father. He was educated at the prestigious Achimota, a boarding school based on the British model in Accra. He then joined the Air Force, where he rose to the rank of flight lieutenant.⠀

Rawlings was a charismatic and controversial leader who played a pivotal role in Ghana’s political awakening and transition to a stable democracy. But, he left behind a complicated legacy as he was loved and loathed by many. ⠀

He first gained global prominence in May 1979 when he tried to overthrow the regime of Lieut. Gen. Frederick W.K. Akuffo and the Supreme Military Council. This attempt was thwarted by the General and landed Rawlings in jail. Shortly after, Rawlings was released by his fellow officers and…

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