Jerry Rawlings: Remembering Ghana’s ‘man of the people’ – BBC News

By Akwasi Sarpong
BBC News

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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.