Former First Lady of Ghana Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings has urged Ghanaians and African leaders, in general, to adopt the habit of documenting events in their lives to serve as a guide for posterity.
She stated that writing or keeping written notes of experiences in life would help teach younger generations some of the virtues employed by African leaders to overcome many challenges that confronted them on their way to the top.
She also stressed the need to inculcate the habit of reading and writing in the younger generation to help them know who they really are and be aware of their cultural inheritance as Africans.
Speaking at the official launch of her autobiography, ‘It Takes A Woman,’ on Monday, November 26, the veteran highlife dancer bemoaned the situation whereby African leaders fail to pen down or document important events in their lives and urged the constellation of elite personalities present at the Labadi Beach Hotel and all others to adopt the habit of writing.
“It is only by writing that we actually capture who we are or where we are, where we are coming from and where we are going.
“We have to write so that generations unborn will know who they are,” she stated.
The 331-page book titled: “It Takes A Woman,” is the first in a series of four books that are expected to provide deep insights into the political activism and experiences of Mrs. Rawlings, whose husband came to power through a coup d’etat in the late 1970s.
The book not only speaks about her political career and advocacy for the empowerment of women, children and the marginalized within the Ghanaian society and beyond but perfectly chronicles her family life and the struggles of her husband in capturing power, especially the activities of the June 4, 1979 Revolution.