Dr Zanetor Agyeman Rawlings, during the final burial service of her father revealed the mysteries behind her and the rest of Rawlings’ children.
Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings unfortunately passed on in November 12, 2020.
The Akuffo Addo led government organized four-day burial rites of Ghana’s longest-serving Head of State.
On the last day to climax the funeral rites, people including International dignitaries were allowed to pay tribute to the late president.
Former President, Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings, christened all his
Whilst eulogising her father, she noted how his drive for change and revolution reflected in all regards of his life, including the naming of his children.
During her turn, she delved into the names Papa J gave herself and her siblings, revealing what each name represents for the late president.
In revealing the meaning of her name, she said,
“Zanetor, an Ewe extraction name, a command meaning ‘darkness must cease’. A name you made and gave to your first child during the difficult times in Ghana as you hoped for an end to the corruption and economic hardship,” she explained.
She continued to give the explanation for the rest of the children.
“Your second child, Yaa Asantewaa of Ashanti extraction in modern-day Ghana. You named her after Nana Yaa Asantewaa of Ejisu. A queen mother who led her people to war against the British colonialists after the king of the Ashanti kingdom was exiled.
“Your third child, Amina, a name of Arabic extraction. You named her after the warrior Queen Amina of Zaria, of Modern-day Nigeria. The first woman to become a leader in a male-dominated society. She expanded the territory of the Hausa people, to its largest border through conquest and opened trade routes among others.
“Kimathi, of Kikuyu extraction in Kenya. You named him after Dedan Kimathi, a Mau Mau military and spiritual leader who led his people, in several uprisings that led up to the independence struggle against the British Colonial rulers.”