Jerry John Rawlings death shook the people of Ghana and the entire world. Many have showed grief and other pesonalities from all over the world and Ghana have sent condolences to the family and the entire nation. In Akan we have a saying that ” se obi wua yen ka nakyi asem bone” meaning when a person dies no matter what he did when he was alive nothing bad should be said about that individual when he or she is dead.
But this is not something that the Nana Serwaa Acheampong the daughter of the late Kutu Acheampong believes in. According to her Rawlings died so easily compared to what how his father died when she was only 6 years old. please read the full statement below.
“Now he’s dead, and somehow I feel robbed, cheated because unlike my father, Rawlings’ death was too easy, too comfortable probably.
Death by firing squad, that’s how my father died, when I was just 6 years old. At the time I didn’t understand, but as I grew up, it started to become clearer, I had no one to call father.
Now I think, his children and I are the same fatherless! But at least they grew up knowing their father, they grew up being provided for and protected by their father. So no we are not the same. Rawlings took my father away from me by firing squad, leaving me with no father to provide for me or protect me. Rawlings is dead and I feel cheated.
If there is an afterlife where you meet those who have gone before, I wonder what Rawlings will say to my father, who showed him kindness, and all the others he killed so ruthlessly.
In this life, Rawlings never acknowledged the pain he caused so many of us, never said sorry for our loss or showed remorse. Nothing! So Rawlings is dead, to me his death was too easy, too comfortable, unlike the death he gave my father and countless others. Aside from this I feel nothing about the man, except pity for his children who now know the pain of losing a father.”
– Kutu Acheampong’s daughter Nana Serwaa