She said she wasn't the brain behind those coups and was totally ignorant about them.

Speaking to Metro TV's Paul Adom Otchere on 'Good Evening Ghana', the former First Lady said the failed coup on May 15, 1979, and the successful coup of June 4, 1979 were all planned by her husband and his military friends without her knowledge.

She said, "He left home, came back with some of his military guys. They were doing something, I think fixing a table or something. I came home, it was one of those days I closed early and they wanted to eat so I fixed something for them and when they finished eating they said they will be back," Nana Konadu recalled.

"My mum and his mum went and got some of these big-time lawyers and my position was it is not these big-time lawyers that can get them out of this trouble. It needs lawyers that had a conviction about what they are doing. The two mothers were angry with me because they said they had already got these two lawyers. I took my car and drove all the way to Legon."

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"I didn't find him so I waited at his door, sleeping inside my car till he came and I told him what I wanted. He said we need a senior person to lead us but he has no problem been part of it but we need a senior person who has the name and recognition."

Jerry Rawlings and Nana Konadu
Jerry Rawlings and Nana Konadu

"So we drove all the way to Adabraka and then he said I should wait in the car he would go up and talk to the guy, all the time I didn't know who it was. He went up, spoke to him and came back and said the guy wants to see you. He is interested so let's go and when I went it was Adumua-Bossman," she added.

The coup, which was Ghana's third military coup was planned and carried out by a section of junior officers and corporals led by Flight Lieutenant Jerry John Rawlings within the Ghana Armed Forces who were aggrieved by the governance style of General I. K. Acheampong.