Ghanaian Reggae singer and songwriter, Rocky Dawuni has declared the late President Jerry John Rawlings as the father and catalyst of Ghana’s political and democratic system.
Referring to his childhood days he said: “I grew up in an environment where the military was in power in 1979 and then, the real agenda was about defence, nation-building etc”.
Talking to Kojo Manuel on the YDiscodiaries on Y107.9 FM he revealed, “As a child of a soldier, I admired the late President and the military because they were very aggressive and I like how they saw themselves as liberators”.
He added that the late President was an influential man in his formative years as he possessed an ignition of passion in the youth of Ghana at the time. “And till date, I have not seen that passion in the history of Ghana”.
Moving on, he said, “I remember that during Rawlings’ time, all students were passionate about helping their country. Everyone wanted to be a part of the country’s development because there was a broader idea of patriotism”. But to Rocky Dawuni, that sense of commitment is missing in today’s youth.
He described the late President as the ideal of an excellent African leader because the few times he was privileged to meet him he realized he was “selfless, unselfish and very modest”.
He encouraged all Ghanaians to celebrate him because his failures and flaws do not change the character of his achievements.
By: Gyamfuah Owusu-Ackom.