Magazine article New African

A Man of Many Parts: Stephen Gyasi Jnr Profiles Ghana's First Post-Independence-Born President, John Dramani Mahama

Magazine article New African

A Man of Many Parts: Stephen Gyasi Jnr Profiles Ghana's First Post-Independence-Born President, John Dramani Mahama

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GHANA'S JUST ELECTED PRESIDENT, John Dramani Mahama, was born in Damongo, in what is now the Damongo-Daboya Constituency of Northern Ghana on 29 November 1958. 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 under the country's first president, Kwame Nkrumah.

After his primary and secondary school education at Achimota School in Accra and Ghana Secondary School in Tamale, the young Mahama attended the University of Ghana, Legon, where he read History, and received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1981.

His post-graduate studies were in Communication, also at the University of Ghana, which he completed in 1986. He thereafter went to Russia for a post-graduate diploma in Social Psychology at the Institute of Social Sciences.

An avid reader, author, and historian, Mahama considers the combination of the study of history, communications and social psychology as having had a tremendous impact on shaping his views, thoughts and understanding of the world around him; and having contributed significantly to making him the person he is today.

In early 2012, be published his memoir entitled My First Coup d'Etat and other True Stories from the Lost Decades of Africa.

In 1991, Mahama became the Information, Culture and Research Officer at the Japanese embassy in Accra. This period of his life, he says, inculcated in him the Japanese work ethic, after seeing first hand the efforts that they put into their work.

Mahama moved on from the Japanese embassy to become the International Relations, Sponsorship, Communication and Grants Manager at the Ghana Office of PLAN International, the charity group that has committed itself to alleviating child poverty all over the world.

Mahama cut his political teeth in 1996 when he won the parliamentary seat for the Bole-Bamboi Constituency. He was re-elected two more times in woo and 2004 before becoming vice-president under the late President John Atta Mills in January 2009.

During his first term as MP, he was appointed deputy minister of communications by the then President Jerry Rawlings who subsequently appointed him the substantive minister of communications. …

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