Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings

Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings, widow of former President Jerry Rawlings, was Ghana's First Lady and the first woman to run for President in 2016.




First Lady during military and civilian leadership

Agyeman-Rawlings served as the First Lady during her husband's military and civilian leadership in the late 1970s and 1980s, and later, she held prominent roles in the 31st December Women's Movement and her party, the National Democratic Congress, including a bid for the party's flagbearership in 2011.


31 December Women's Movement

Former First Lady Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings aimed to empower women for socio-economic and political progress, led the 31 December Women's Movement, and played a pivotal role in Ghana's economic revolution, recognizing women's significance in the country's development.

  U.S tour

Ghana's first lady accompanied her husband on a nationwide U.S. tour to promote investment and trade. She also completed a fellows program in philanthropy and non-profit organizations at Johns Hopkins University, receiving a certificate, and both she and her husband were awarded honorary doctorate degrees from Lincoln University in 1995.

Presidential ambitions

In 2016, she made history as the first woman to run for President of Ghana, earning the nickname "The Hillary Clinton of Africa." In the 2016 election, she ran with her newly formed party but received 0.16% of the votes. She also submitted her nomination forms to lead her party, the National Democratic Party (NDP), in the 2020 general elections.

Personal life

Nana Konadu married Rawlings in 1977 and had four children together. When her husband passed away in November 2020, shortly before the election, she reduced her campaign activity but remained a candidate.