PROFILE: John Dramani Mahama


President John D. Mahama, just before his swearing in on July 24, 2012

President John D. Mahama, just before his swearing in on July 24, 2012

Following the death of former president John Atta Mills of Ghana, the Vice President, John Dramani Mahama, was sworn in as the 4th president of the 4th Republic of the sovereign state.

He was born on 29th November 1958, in the Damongo-Daboya constituency of Ghana. His father Emmanuel Adama Mahama was the first Member of Parliament for the West Gonja Constituency and the first Regional Commissioner of the Northern Region during Ghana’s First Republic. He attended the Achimota Primary School and the University of Ghana, receiving a bachelor’s degree in history in 1981 and a postgraduate degree in communication studies in 1986. Following this, Mahama travelled to the Institute of Social Sciences in Moscow, Soviet Union for further studies.
A communications expert, historian, and writer, he was a
Member of Parliament from 1997 to 2009; he was also
Minister of Communications from 1998 to 2001 during the tenure of former President Jerry Rawlings and played a key role in stabilising the telecommunications sector after the 1997 deregulation.

He is married to Lordina Mahama and they have seven children.

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