|His enigmatic rise and control of the narrative is the stuff of legend. An Pan-African at heart, JJ Rawlings, as he is fondly called, was still in his prime, active as duty and voice warrant, stirring, coaxing, exhorting for Africa to find her own way. |
Exiting now was furthest in anyone’s imagination. Hale and hearty is the personae of JJ Rawlings.
As the tragic reality pierced the day, with people across the spectrum hoping it was a bad hoax, in the great grief and stunned disbelief, Africa has lost one of her finest.
A baobab has fallen. It is a dark day.
Until his untimely death, the iconic JJ Rawlings served as the African Union envoy to Somalia.