In the wake of the funeral burial rites of the late former President Jerry John Rawlings, Ghanaians were hit with a shocking revelation by a woman identified as Abigail Rawlings who claims to be the biological and first daughter of the former Head of State.
This led to people questioning why they never heard about her until now that she is 52 years old. Others are of the opinion that she just wants to be famous and is thus riding on the back of the late JJ Rawlings.
Checks by a source have revealed that the claims made by Madam Abigail during her interview are true since she is known to some people in the Volta Region, precisely Rawlings’ hometown Dzelukope.
According to them, Abigail came into the picture in 2002 after she questioned her mother about her father and his whereabouts.
It is said that JJ Rawlings in his final year of secondary school in 1967, aged 20, met and impregnated Rose Agbodzi Sende, an Ewe in Accra but originally from Togo.
He later begged her to keep the pregnancy and the baby (Abigail) a secret since he didn’t want to jeopardize his future. It is said that Abigail was born to a single mother, the same year JJ was settling down as an Airforce Cadet.
Abigail was later handed over to an old woman in Adabraka when another man approached her mother (Rose Agbodzi Sende) and wanted to marry her.
An eyewitness who was her mate in Primary school corroborated her story. “I know this beautiful lady back in the days, she attended St Joseph Primary School at Adabraka. The rumours were rife then that Rawlings was her father.”
This will not be surprising because, by the time Abigail would have turned 12, her “father’s” face and name was known nationwide, especially in the Adabraka areas where she lived with a caretaker.
A member of the Rawlings’ family who spoke on strict condition of anonymity said prior to her appearance, they had heard from some travellers from Togo that there was a lady at Lome claiming Rawlings was her father, hence meeting her was bound to happen somehow.
According to sources, when Rawlings was informed of her sudden appearance and claim, he neither denied nor confirmed it. However at various times, he enquired about her, and on a number of occasions since 2002, he acknowledged her by sending her money for upkeep and to start a business.
The Rawlings family applauded the lady for being able to keep this secret for long adding that they believe she spoke out based on the fact that she is not being allowed to mourn her father well.
The anonymous family members confirmed that Abigail has been participating in most Agbotui family events ever since she came into the picture in 2002.