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I learnt to understand how to be streetwise when I met Rawlings – Nana Konadu

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The wife of Jerry John Rawlings, Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings has said she had to learn to be streetwise when she met the former President.

In a tribute read on her behalf by her daughter, Princess Amina Rawlings, she admitted that she and her husband “started on a journey that was free and easy in spirit.”

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She disclosed that when she met Mr Rawlings, she was green and there was a lot she had to learn about real life, considering the fact that she had overprotective parents.

“I was innocent and you were streetwise. There was so much I did not know and understand about the real-life outside the wings and home of Mr and Mrs J.O.T. Agyeman since I had lived a very protected life under their roof.”

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“I had to learn to understand how to be streetwise,” she added.

She had to adjust herself to his kind of lifestyle which conflicted with how she was raised.

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“…move along with the flow of your friends and acquaintances, but it still did not sit well with me. It went against all the upbringing I had intensely received under the roof of my parents.”

Unable to fully adapt to the “streetwise” lifestyle, Mrs Agyeman-Rawlings decided to remain true to the values her parents inculcated in her.

“After several trials, I decided a leopard never changes its spots. I was who I was based on family values. I decided, I could not change for the sake of love. You finally understood me. To take me as I am. I was who I was and there was nothing I could do about it.”

“You sometimes called me snooty. I refused to accept that. I said it was based on my values,” she added.

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