Nana Konadu Agyemang-Rawlings is a Ghanaian politician and a former First Lady of Ghana. She is the first female to contest for Presidency in Ghana and the founder of the National Democratic Party (NDP).
- Birth Name: Nana Konadu Agyemang
- Date of Birth: November 17, 1948 to J.O.T. Agyeman and wife.
Nana Konadu attended Ghana International School (GIS) and then continued to the prestigious Achimota School. It was at Achimota School that she met her future husband, Jerry John Rawlings. From there, she went to Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) to study Art and Textiles.
She was in Africa Hall in KNUST where she rose to become a hall leader. Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings obtained a diploma in interior design from the London College of Arts in 1975.
She obtained a diploma in advanced personnel management from Ghana’s Management Development and Productivity Institute in 1979. In 1979, she obtained a certificate in development from the GIMPA in 1991.
She also holds certificate for fellows program in philanthropy and non profit organizations and took a course at Johns Hopkins University.
Nana Konadu first became a first lady in 1979 for a short period when her husband, Rawlings became a military Head of State. He came to power again in 1981 as a military Head of State till 1992 where he was elected as civilian president. In total, her husband was in power for 19 years and as a result also served as first lady in that period.
She became founder and President of the 31st December Women’s Movement in 1982. She was elected as the First Vice Chairperson of the NDC in 2009 and later contested for the party’s flagbearership at the 2011 congress. The outcome of the 2011 congress was sort of the beginning of her break away from the party.
Her relationship with the NDC went sour in the ensuing years and subsequently left the party to form a new party called National Democratic Party (NDP). She became the First woman to run for President of Ghana in 2016 and was billed as “The Hillary Clinton of Africa”.
She contested again in 2020 even though her husband, Jerry John Rawlings died about a month to the elections.
Nana Konadu was very particular about woman empowerment hence the establishment of the 31st December Women’s movement. Through the movement, she helped to empower women to be involved in the decision making process in their communities. The movement also helped to educate families to avoid early girl child marriage.
She was also vital in the adoption of an “Intestate Succession Law,” which is applicable to the survivors of anyone who dies without a will. At the time, Ghanaian women had little or no rights of inheritance upon the death of their husbands. However, the new law provides a standard of inheritance.
Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings got married to Jerry John Rawlings in 1977. John Rawlings was an Air Force officer at the time and they had their first child, Zanetor in 1978. They later had three more children by name Yaa Asantewaa, Amina and Kimathi.
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