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John Dramani Mahama
Government of Ghana
John Dramani Mahama


John Dramani Mahama, who became vice president of Ghana in 2009, was sworn in as president on July 24, 2012, on the death of President John Atta Mills.

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John Dramani Mahama
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Date of Birth: Nov/29/1958
Gender: male
Place of Origin: Ghana

John Dramani Mahama, was born at Bole Bamboi in the Northern Region on the 29th November, 1958. He is married to Mrs. Lordina Mahama and has seven children.

Mr. Mahama started his primary education at the Achimota Primary School and went on to secondary school at the Ghana Secondary School in Tamale in the Northern Region. He proceeded thereafter to the University of Ghana, Legon, where he obtained a BA Degree in History in 1981.

In 1986, he obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Communication Studies at the University of Ghana, Legon. He also undertook further Postgraduate Studies in Social Psychology at the Institute of Social Sciences in Moscow Russia in 1988.

Mr. Mahama was employed as an Information Officer at the Embassy of Japan in the Republic of Ghana from 1991 to 1995. He moved on to join the non-governmental organisation, Plan International, as Sponsorship and Grants Manager in the Ghana Country Office from 1995 to 1996.

He was elected to his first term as Member of Parliament (MP) for the Bole-Bamboi Constituency in the Northern Region on the ticket of the NDC in December 1996. Mr. Mahama served as Deputy Minister of Communications from April 1997 to November 1998 and then served as the substantive Minister of Communications from November 1998 to January 2001.

Mr. Mahama was re-elected MP for Bole-Bamboi Constituency in December 2000 and in December 2004. He served as Director of Communication for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) as well as Spokesman on Communications for the Minority in Parliament between 2001 and 2004.

From 2005 to 2008, Mr. Mahama has been Minority Parliamentary Spokesman for Foreign Affairs. He has been a Member of the Pan-African Parliament based in Pretoria, South Africa in 2004 where he served as the Chairman of the West Africa Caucus.

On Wednesday, January 7, 2009, Hon. John Dramani Mahama was sworn into office as the Vice-President of the Republic of Ghana.

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Author: ankuvie.christoph
Tue Jul 24 23:00:36 2012

I joined the rests of the people of Ghana(our country) to mourn the death of our President John Attah Mills. Such is life. One thing we must remember is that the death of a person is a warning to the living. This is not the moment for us to fight one another for political gain, but rather to unite. May he rest in everlasting peace.

Christoph K. Ankuvie Author (A Journey to the United States), US Navy.

Author: easside_kamara
Tue Jul 24 18:14:05 2012

On behave of the Kamara and Forndia Families from Liberia we say sorrow for the incident which is not the will of man rather the way of God the creator.

Author: louis
Tue Jul 24 18:26:23 2012

After steering Ghana to a double digit growth last year in a tough period globally President John Atta Mills who was being treated for throat cancer dies. May his soul rest in peace as he has left a great Legacy, a true African Great! Even though the Global Cancer burden is great and rising, there are ways onhow we can keep it at bay:

Author: Afropolitan
Wed Jul 25 12:14:10 2012

Ghanaians, Condolences on losing your President and a good son of Africa. Love him or hate him, President John Atta Mills has followed in the tradition of Ghana's illustrious politicians in cementing democracy and democratic practices in Ghana.

In return, Ghana has honoured his memory and its peoples and nation by ensuring an immediate transfer of power as stipulated by the Constitution. I hail you all for this. Long live Ghana!

(I need not even mention the fumbles of a very large and well-endowed but significantly under-achieving country not too far away when in a similar situation ...)

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