Our First Lady shares the same name, with a famous Woman of God, named Rebecca in the accounts of the Holy Bible. Well, whereas many know the First Lady well, at least, by her beautiful pictures, such as the one above, very little may be remembered of the Bible Rebecca especially in these days, when many do not go to church, thanks to blames on Covid-19. So a quick reminder please.
Rebecca appears in the Hebrew Bible as the wife of Isaac and the mother of Jacob and Esau. According to biblical tradition, Rebecca's father was Bethuel the Aramean from Paddan Aram, Rebecca's brother was Laban, and she was the granddaughter of Milcah and Nahor, the brother of Abraham. Rebecca and Isaac were one of the four couples that some believe are buried in the Cave of the Patriarchs, the other three being Adam and Eve, Abraham and Sarah, and Jacob and Leah.
Hopefully, you have a fair knowledge of her now, I trust your Sunday School lessons, just flashed back, memories of her. LOL
Well, so in a viral Facebook post, one Reuben Osei Gyan, writes in a seeming funny post that:
"Rebecca for Bible inside no be the Rebecca we Dey see for Ghana here"
Comments, following this post, have included the following:
Saddam Ahmed writes "Abeg no delete dis post wai"
RastaTwin AJ writes "I know 1 Rebecca, my school mate bi jux like de 1 in de bible inside p3p33p3"
Malvins Kesta writes "True!"
Emmanuel Danquah writes "This Rebecca is greedy and self centered"
Abena Tagor writes "N why"
Glory Boy Siddiq writes "Rebecca Replica Paa oo"
Naa Larteley Lartey writes "I swear"
Reasons for this assertion by the poster, is clearly not known, but can be inferred from the fact that, the First lady has been in the news most recently over the few days, over "backdated salary," aside the monthly payments of allowances, that all First Ladies in the history of Ghana's Fourth Republic, have been entitled to, incrementally over the period.
Several sections of Ghanaians, even including leading NPP Member, Abronye DC, reacted with fury over the decision by the country’s parliament to award £2,500-a-month salaries to the wives of the president and vice-president as the country faces economic turbulence.
Rebecca Akufo-Addo, 70, the first lady, and Samira Bawumia, 40, the wife of the vice-president, were supposed to get the same money as a cabinet minister for their supportive roles in government, with payments backdated four years under a move approved by a parliamentary committee, whereas arguments flew that, they are not Article 71 Office holders.
It was based on this fury and calls from the TUC to Nana Addo, to refund the monies, which forced both spouses, in consultation with the Nana Addo and Bawumia respectively, that have led to the rejection of the proposed salary and even refund of the allowances, they received from 2017 to date, totaling almost 900,000 cedis, for only the First Lady.
How this action of Rebecca Akuffo-Addo can directly compare with the Biblical Rebecca for me, is hard to comprehend though, aside it been generally funny.
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