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‘Our family life was quite complicated’ – Zanetor on relationship with her father, JJ Rawlings

Daughter of late former President Jerry John Rawlings, Zanetor Rawlings has opened up on the relationship she and her other sibilants had with their father growing up.

Zanetor Rawlings described their relationship with their father as quite complicated.

She said this when she spoke at a vigil held in honour of the late Rawlings at the Air Force Officers Mess in Accra.

According to her, their relationship with their father was complicated because of his work schedule as the head of state who operated from the Osu Castle.

“[Family life] was quite complicated sometimes. We didn’t live in the castle with him… Which meant we didn’t see him as often, but when we did there was always something he wanted to impact so much knowledge; teaching me and my siblings how to drive before our feet could even touch the gas pedal, teaching us how to drive the model plane, and to ride our bicycles,” Zanetor said during a roundtable discussion at a vigil held in honour of the late Jerry John Rawlings at the Air Force Officers Mess in Accra.

She added that her late father was “purpose-driven and every encounter with him needed to have some kind of meaning and outcome”.

“He helped us develop a real love for nature,” she added.

Zanetor Agyeman-Rawlings indicated that between her military father and civilian mother, her mother, Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings was the stricter disciplinarian.

“When she kind of run out of options on what to do, she’d say she’ll tell our father…if there is something that we wanted and my mother didn’t want to be the one to say no, she will tell you, “go and ask your father” and that means that the answer is no,” she explained.

The final funeral rites for the late former President began on Sunday and will end on Wednesday, January 27, 2020 with planned activities for people to pay their last respect.

Earlier on Sunday, a Catholic Requiem Mass was held at the Holy Spirit Cathedral for the late President of Ghana as part of a four-day state funeral.

Rawlings passed away on Thursday, November 12, 2020, at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital after a short illness, aged 73.

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