Former First Lady, Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings has revealed that her mother did not want her to marry former President, Jerry John Rawlings.
According to her, Mrs Felicia Agyeman was not for the marriage to the army officer and hence questioned her on why she has decided to marry an army officer.
The former first lady who was speaking on Good Evening Ghana on Metro TV on Tuesday as monitored by GhanaNewsPage.Com said the mother who is late could not fathom why she chose to marry Rawlings whom she met at Achimota School.
In her newly launched book, It takes a Woman, Nana Konadu revealed how the disapproval from her mother almost ended her relationship with the Military officer.
Surprisingly, her father, the late JOT Agyeman was in favour of the relationship which would later become one of the most successful marriages in Ghana.
She attributed this to the boldness with which a determined Rawlings approached the father to talk about the relationship.
“I think the difficulty was with my mother, my father didn’t complain because Jerry had gone to see my father already…you know, he’s always been bold…,” she revealed.
Interestingly, the mother of Jerry Rawlings was equally not enthused about the marriage either.
Although she will not describe her relationship with her in-law as ‘frosty’, she however agreed that she was not in the best of terms with her.
Nana Konadu had previously described how she met Jerry Rawlings in another forum in the following words.
“I actually met Rawlings in another school. But I was taken from that school. My mother took me to an experimental school for some time, then she took me to Ghana International School, then I wrote my Common Entrance and went to Achimota School. It was in between those schools that I met Rawlings. But he noticed me at Achimota School. We were in the same class.”
Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings (born November 17, 1948) was the First Lady of Ghana from 4 June 1979 to 24 September 1979 and 31 December 1981 to 7 January 2001, both times under President Jerry John Rawlings.
She schooled at Achimota School, where she met her future husband Jerry John Rawlings. She continued at the University of Science and Technology, where she read Art, specializing in Textiles. She was a student leader and an executive of her Hall of residence, Africa Hall.
Nana Konadu got married to her sweetheart, Jerry John Rawlings, an Airforce Officer, in 1977. She gave birth to her first child Ezenator Rawlings in 1978. Two other daughters and a son followed later; Yaa Asantewaa, Amina and Kimathi.