Yesterday 22nd June, 2020 marks the 73rd birthday of Ex-President Jerry John Rawlings.
Jerry John Rawlings was Ghana’s former head of state and the first president of the 4th Republic.
He is known by many for his “Boom” speeches as well as his charismatic style of leadership.
J.J Rawlings is the founder of the National Democratic Congress(NDC), a party whose ideas lean towards socialism and leftist ideologies.
Below are some quick interesting facts about Jerry John Rawlings you should know
1. President Jerry John Rawlings is an avid football and boxing fan.
Ex-president Jerry Rawlings is a fan of football and supports the Accra Hearts of Oak footballing club as well as the Ghana Black Stars. He’s also friends with several coaches including the late Sam Arday among others. He also loves boxing and has been seen at several boxing games.
2. Jerry John Rawlings is a big fan of Micheal Jackson
The former President is a fan of King of Pop, Micheal Jackson and his music. They both met on few occasions and struck a friendship as revealed by Mr Rawlings when the latter passed away in 2009.
“The world has lost one of its greatest sons. Michael, you made an impact and you changed the whole world in so many ways. Go in peace…. you will be missed!” he wrote.
His all-time favourite songs include “They Don’t Care About Us” and “Heal the World”.
3. Jerry John Rawlings was a chorister
Jerry John Rawlings was part of the Achimota School choir which performed for President Nkrumah at the Flag Staff House on national ceremonies.
He is no more a chorister but he manages to sing a few melodious tunes when he gets the chance.
4. Jerry John Rawlings won the “Speed Bird Trophy” in his graduating year
Flt. Jerry John Rawlings graduated as the best cadet in flying and airmanship in 1969 winning the coveted “Speed Bird Trophy” for his year group.
The rumour mill has it that the trained pilot was able to fly a plane below the Adomi bridge as part of his stunts.
5. Jerry John Rawlings was the Chief of Defence Staff from 1982-1983
Most people do not know this but Flt Lt Jerry John Rawlings was the Chief of Ghana’s Defense staff from November 1982 to August 1983 making him the only CDS to have assumed the highest position of the Land.