Former first lady, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings on Friday celebrated her 70th birthday.
As part of activities marking the day, a dinner party was held for on the birthday night. At a colourful ceremony, Mrs Rawlings and her husband surprised guests as they hit the floor show their dance skills.
Highlights from the day included the Rawlingses dancing heartily to a music from a live band led by Highlife musician, Ofori Amponsah. Wearing identical lemon-coloured outfits, the former first couple embraced each other after dancing for sometime.
Former president Rawlings kissed Nana Konadu who was smiling all throughout the dance. Apart from Ofori Amponsah, young artiste, King Promise also performed at the dinner party and had the new 70-year-old dance her heart out.
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Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, was born on the November 17, 1948, to the late J.O.T. Agyeman and his wife. She schooled at Achimota School, where she met her future husband Jerry John Rawlings.
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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 Air force 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. She also has some grandchildren.
Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings came into the political limelight when her husband became Head of State briefly in 1979 and then from 1981 to 2001.
She became the president of the 31st December Women’s Movement from 1982 to date.
She was elected 1st Vice Chairperson of her party in 2009 during the second term of her National Democratic Congress (NDC) party’s tenure in office under the late President of the Republic of Ghana, Prof. John Evans Atta Mills.
She challenged the seating President of Ghana, John Evans Atta Mills for the party’s flagbearership position at the party’s congress which took place at Sunyani in the Brong Ahafo Region from 8–10 July 2011 and lost to him.
Konadu was the presidential candidate for National Democratic Party in the 2016 election.
Ghana’s former First Lady once said that she would continue to work in the women’s movement even if her husband were no longer president.
Her husband, Jerry Rawlings, led a military coup that seized power in 1981, although he was not established as head of state until the following year.
The country successfully reverted to civilian rule in 1992 and held free elections.
Calling the first lady “an instrumental part of the revolution in Ghana’s economy,” the Baltimore Afro-American reported that women were Ghana’s largest labor force, and they wanted to be a central part of the country’s redevelopment.
“Before December 31, 1981, they had no power of influence in law or politics–even the laws that pertained to them.” It was a grassroots movement, with women selling their land, clothes, and jewelry to get money.