Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings: Ghana’s Former First Lady Becomes A Presidential Candidate


On May 2, Ghana’s opposition National Democratic Party endorsed Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings as their presidential candidate. 

The announcement was made during the party’s national congress in Accra, Ghana on Saturday. Come November 7, the former first lady will contest against President John Dramani Mahama. The supporters of the party believe that her prominence and patriotism is good enough for the race.

The Secretary General of the National Democratic Party (NDP), Mohammed Frimpong, says that Nana is the best candidate to give Ghanaians “what she has done and knows best” especilly withregards to poverty alleviation, mobilization and women empowerment.

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“The entire country is clamoring for her return onto the political landscape … That is why the NDP followers throughout the country had unanimously decided to endorse her as our presidential candidate for the 2016 election.”

As a founding father of the NDP, Jerry Rawlings supports his wife’s political ambition to be president. In the same way, the Presidential candidate for the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo appreciated Rawlings’ personality. She also congratulated and welcomed Nana Rawlings to the race.

“Her wealth of experience in Ghanaian politics should put her in good stead to help steer and shape the nature of our political discourse…”

With the cordial response of NPP presidential candidate, there is a rising suggestion that both parties might team up against President Mahama on the long run. However both parties maintain the stand that their interest is not in forming alliances but in fostering change in Ghana via their flag-bearers.

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Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings is the current director of the 31st December Women’s Movement. In 2012, the NDP did not succeed in registering her as a presidential candidate. Now she apparently has her chance to run for presidency.

President Mahama appears to be the only male in the race. This could probably mean that Ghana is clamoring for a woman president; and the NDP believe that Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings is the best bet for the job.