Interesting facts you need to know about President John Mahama of Ghana.
The 4th President of Ghana under the fourth Republic, launched himself into the history books as the first President to have succeeded the president following the sudden death of his predecessor.
The (then) Vice President assumed full responsibility as the substantive president to serve the rest of the term in office. From his early life, few people would have foreseen his future leadership and vision; however, his early life helped shape his political career.
Rise to Power
Mahama succeeded to the presidency by virtue of been the vice president following the death of the then president John Evans Atta mills that occurred on 24th, July 2012.
The name John’ in the fourth Republic
Incidentally, Mahama is the fourth person named John to ascend to the high office of Ghana’s president. The first was Jerry John Rawlings; the second was John Agyekum Kuffuor, while the third one was John Atta Mills.
Education and Early years
Mahama was born in the northern Ghana region of Damango. His father was the first MP for the West Gonja constituency and also the first Regional Commissioner for the Northern region in the times of the first republic of Ghana. Mahama attended Accra’s Achitoma primary school, Tamale’s Ghana secondary school, and then the University of Ghana in Legon. He later went to the Institute of Social Sciences located in Moscow for further studies.
After finishing his education, Mahama went back to Ghana. He worked as the Culture, Information and Research officer from 1991 to 1996 at the Japanese Embassy in Accra. From this post, he went to the Ghana’s Country Office of PLAN International, a non-governmental organisation, where he held the post of a Sponsorship Communications, International Relations and Grants manager.
Member of Parliament
Mahama was an eloquent defender of the underprivileged, something that made him to be first elected to Ghana’s parliament in 1996, representing the Bole/Bamboi constituency. He was in April 1997 appointed the assistant minister for Communications. By November 1998, he had risen to become a substantive communications minister, a position he held until January 2001 when the NDC party handed over power to the newly elected NPP party.
Second and third term in Parliment
Mahama was then re-elected for second term as the MP for his constituency. Again in 2004, he was re-elected for his third term. He served as the spokesman as communications in the minority parliament from 2001 up to 2004. He was appointed NDC’s director of communications in 2002.
During his tenure as Communications minister, John Dramani Mahama was also the chairman of the National Communications Authority. In this capacity, he played a major role in stabilizing the country’s telecommunications sector after its deregulation in 1997. He also served in the National Economic Communications authority, and was a founder member of the AIDS commission of Ghana.
The Presidency of John Dramani Mahama
Mahama acted as president of Ghana for five months following the demise of President John Evans Atta Mills. He contested in the 7th December 2012 elections and was declared the winner by the electoral commission.
He was elected Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States.
The Ghana president was elected during the 44th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State.
Mahama married Lordina Mahama for over 28 years, and they have eight children. Despite his busy schedule, he finds time to spend with his family.
John Mahama is a Christian, although he comes from a multi-religious family. He has sisters, brothers, uncles and aunts who are both Christians and Muslims.
President John Dramani Mahama loves reading. He is also a farmer with a keen interest for agriculture and technology. He is a football enthusiast who enjoys watching the game with friends and family.
Mahama loves to read and write, having published several articles both locally and internationally. His earliest book is titled “My First Coup d’état’ , and was published in 2012 by Bloomsbury.
Challenges Faced in government
“Over the last 6 years, the ruling NDC government has consistently faced power crisis popularly called dumsor. Corruption has been a canker for the government to fight with accusations of paying illegal judgment debt to companies and individuals who do not deserve it.
John Mahama, despite chalking some positive economic outlooks, the situation continues to be in a mess.
Despite all these challenges, Mahama has an enthusiastic interest in affairs of the environment, especially the peril posed by plastic pollution within Africa.
When he was the vice-president, he made a commitment to address this problem. He is also a man of many talents and commitments, and therefore can be trusted to lead his country to greater heights.