Why Rawlings gave his 4 children ‘warrior’ names

Previous President, Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings, initiated every one of his youngsters with names that portrayed his alluring convictions.

This was uncovered by his oldest girl, Dr Zanetor Agyeman Rawlings, during the last entombment administration of her dad.

While lauding her dad, she noticed how his drive for change and insurgency reflected in all respects of his life, including the naming of his youngsters.

In her recognition, she explained the names her folks gave herself and her siblings, taking note of how each was emblematic of some ideal, of her dad.

Every one of the four youngsters she said, was named after a warrior, except for the first whose name implied his journey to free the then ‘obscured’ country, from its misery.

“Zanetor, an Ewe extraction name, an order signifying ‘darkness must cease’. A name you made and provided for your first kid during the troublesome occasions in Ghana as you expected a finish to the defilement and financial difficulty,” she clarified.

For her more youthful siblings, she clarified,

“Your subsequent youngster, Yaa Asantewaa of Ashanti extraction in current Ghana. You named her after Nana Yaa Asantewaa of Ejisu. A sovereign mother who drove her kin to battle against the British colonialists after the lord of the Ashanti realm was ousted.

“Your third youngster, Amina, a name of Arabic extraction. You named her after the warrior Queen Amina of Zaria, of Modern-day Nigeria. The first lady to turn into an innovator in a male-overwhelmed society. She extended the region of the Hausa public, to its biggest boundary through success and opened shipping lanes among others.

“Kimathi, of Kikuyu extraction in Kenya. You named him after Dedan Kimathi, a Mau military and profound pioneer who drove his kin, in a few uprisings that hinted at the autonomy battle against the British Colonial rulers.”


The four-day internment customs of Ghana’s longest-serving Head of State is being peaked today.

Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings who passed in November 12, 2020 will be let go at the Military Cemetary in Accra.

Preceding this, a Catholic Requiem Mass and a vigil were held in his honor on Sunday, January 24th, trailed by a 2-day Laying-In-State function at the Accra International Conference Center for dignitaries and the overall population to document past.

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