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Jerry Rawlings: Remembering Ghana's 'man of the people'

Jerry Rawlings: Remembering Ghana's 'man of the people'

Ghana's longest-serving leader, former flight lieutenant Jerry John Rawlings, who died on Thursday, was an influential figure for a generation of people like me born in the late 1970s. At the time he got involved in national politics, Ghana was in the throes of food shortages and a dire economic situation that had led to rampant inflation. People remember him for leading by example. When he showed up he got involved. I remember watching him on the daily evening newscast on black and white TV as a little boy. Video clips showed a bare-chested officer in a military jumpsuit leading teams of...

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