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Check out meaning of names of Rawlings’ four children

A name is indeed much more than just a name but hidden within is a special meaning which makes Zanetor Rawlings convinced about the choice of names from her father.

Reading the tribute on behalf of her siblings to their late father, ex-President Jerry John Rawlings, the Klottey Korley lawmaker was optimistic they have lived to fulfill the meaning of their names.

“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 colonial rulers after the king of Ashanti kingdom was exiled,” she stated.

Amina and Kimathi, she said, were from Arabic and Kenya extraction respectively.

“You named your third child Amina after the queen of Zaria, modern-day Nigeria, the first woman to become a ruler in a male-dominated society.

“Kimathi of Kikuyu extract of Kenya you named him after Dedan Kimathi, a military inspiring leader who led his people in several uprisings that led up to the independence struggle against the British colonial rulers,” she narrated.

In view of this, she stressed their names epitomise Mr Rawlings’ already ‘conquest beliefs and pan Africanism.’


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