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jerry rawlings

On Thursday 9 November 2020, former President of Ghana, Jerry John Rawlings passed away in Accra, Ghana after a short illness.

A great man has gone to be with his ancestors. For those of us who were privileged and honored to know him, it was truly a sad day.

I met former President Rawlings in 2010 after the former Chairperson of the AU Commission Jean Ping appointed him as the High Representative for Somalia. As a staff of the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) at the time, I was then asked with my colleague James Gadin our senior political officer to assist the President and his team to understand the dynamics of the conflict.

As I reflected on the former President, I kept thinking about the 5 Cs of leadership: Compassion, Commitment, Courage, Candor, and Competency. Former President Rawlings embodied all the 5 Cs.

President Rawlings was first and …