John Mahama

President Mahama is Ghana’s Fourth President of the Fourth Republic.  He was born on November 29,1958 in Damango, which is located in the Northern Region of Ghana. He is a communication expert, historian, writer, former Member of Parliament and Minister of State, and immediate former Vice President of Ghana. He ascended to the high office of Presidency following the death of the incumbent President John Evans Atta Mills on Tuesday, July 24 in Accra.

President Mahama's father, Mr 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.

After completing his education, President Mahama went on to pursue an additional postgraduate diploma in social psychology at the Institute of Social Sciences in Moscow, and returned to Ghana from 1991 to 1996. He worked as the Information, Culture and Research Officer at the Embassy of Japan in Accra. He moved on to work with PLAN International, Ghana as International Relations, Sponsorship Communications and Grants Manager.

An  eloquent  champion  of  the  underprivileged, President  Mahama  was  first  elected  to  the Parliament of Ghana in 1996 to represent the Bole/Bamboi Constituency for a four-year term.

In April 1997, President Mahama was appointed Deputy Minister of Communications. He rose to become the substantive Minister of Communications by November 1998; it was a position he held until January 2001 when the National Democratic Congress (NDC), which was the current ruling party, handed over power to the newly elected New Patriotic Party's government.

In  2000,  President  Mahama  was  re-elected  for  another  four-year  term  as  the  MP  for  the Bole/Bamboi Constituency. He was again re-elected in 2004 for a third term. From 2001 to 2004, President Mahama served as the Minority Parliamentary Spokesman for

Communications and in 2002 he was appointed the Director of Communications for the NDC. That same year, he served as a member of the team of international observers selected to monitor Zimbabwe's Parliamentary Elections.

During  his  tenure  as  Minister  of  Communications, President  Mahama  also  served  as  the Chairman of the National Communications Authority, in which capacity he played a key role in stabilizing Ghana's telecommunications sector after it was deregulated in 1997.

President Mahama also served as a member of the National Economic Management Team, a founding member of the Ghana AIDS Commission, a member of the implementation committee of the 2000 National Population Census, and a deputy chairman of the Publicity Committee for the re-introduction of the Value Added Tax (VAT).

Continuing to expand his interest and involvement in international affairs, in 2003 President Mahama became a member of the Pan-African Parliament, serving as the Chairperson of the West African Caucus. In 2005, he was additionally appointed the Minority Spokesman for Foreign Affairs. He served in  these  capacities  until  2008,  when  he  was  handpicked  to  become  the  vice  presidential candidate.

President Mahama has seven children. He is married to Mrs. Lordina Mahama. Despite his often busy schedule, President Mahama makes it a point to devote time to his family, his faith and his hobbies. He is a Christian, who believes in the importance of respect for and tolerance of, other faiths and forms of worship in a nation as diverse and peaceful as Ghana.

He has a keen interest in environmental affairs, particularly the problem of plastic pollution in

Africa, which he has committed himself to addressing during his tenure as Vice President.

President Mahama loves to read. He is also an avid writer and has had numerous articles published nationally and internationally.

His first book, My First Coup d'État and Other True Stories From the Lost Decades of Africa, was published by Bloomsbury on July 3, 2012.

Source:, September 2013