HE John D. Mahama
President (2013 - 2017)
The Republic of Ghana
HE John Dramani Mahama was the 4th President of the Fourth Republic of Ghana. He was popularly elected for a four-year term (January 07 2013 – January 06 2017) on December 07, 2012.
President Mahama had previously served as Vice President of the Republic of Ghana under the late President John Evans Atta Mills. He took over the reins of Government on the passing of President Mills on July 24, 2012, and assumed the role of Head of State, Head of Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.
Ghana, under President Mahama witnessed a massive infrastructure development drive that has solidly positioned the country for its next phase of development as a Lower Middle Income Country. At the end of his term in office, HE John Dramani Mahama guided the country through a peaceful transition that demonstrated the strength and robustness of Ghana as a democratic example.
President Mahama was born in Damongo in what is now the Damongo-Daboya Constituency of Ghana on the 29th of November 1958 and he attended primary school at the Achimota School in Accra, then the Ghana Secondary School in Tamale where he studied for his Ordinary and Advanced level GCE Certificates. Thereafter, he attended the University of Ghana, Legon where he read History, and received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1981.
He furthered his education by embarking on Post Graduate Studies in Communication also at the University of Ghana, in the School of Communication Studies, which he completed in 1986. His thirst for knowledge took him to Moscow, Russia for a Post Graduate Diploma in Social Psychology from the Institute of Social Sciences.
John Mahama is an avid reader, author and historian. Over the course of his career he has written for several newspapers and authored a number of publications. He published his first book, a memoir entitled ‘My First Coup D'etat and other true stories from the lost decades of Africa’.
John Mahama considers the combination of the study of history, communications and social psychology as having had a profound impact on shaping his views, thoughts and understanding of the human condition and have contributed significantly to making him the person he is today.
The President first contested to serve as a Member of Parliament for the Bole-Bamboi Constituency in 1996, and won on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress (NDC). He was re-elected to Parliament two more times in the year 2000, and 2004 prior to becoming the Vice-Presidential Candidate for the Party in 2008.
During his first term of Office as an MP he was appointed Deputy Minister of Communications, and subsequently appointed substantive Minister. He was the first Chairman of the National Communications Authority and in that capacity played a key role in shaping Ghana's telecommunication's sector after deregulation.
During the NDC Administration of 1996-2000 he was also a member of the economic management team, and played a key role in the publicity committee for the re-introduction of the Value Added Tax (VAT).
When the NDC Government left office in January 2001 he served as the Minority Spokesman for Communications in Parliament from 2001 to 2004, the Minority Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs from 2005 to 2008, and as a Member of the Pan African Parliament. On 30 March 2014, he was elected by the Assembly of Heads of Statesin West Africa to preside over ECOWAS. On 26 June 2014, he was elected Chairperson of the African Union’s (AU’s) High-Level African Trade Committee (HATC). On 21 January 2016 on the occasion of the World Economic Forum in Davos, H.E became co-chair of the SDG’s Advocates group which consists of 17 eminent persons assisting the UN Secretary-General in the campaign to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that world leaders unanimously adopted in September 2015. With a mandate to support the Secretary-General in his efforts to generate momentum and commitment to achieve the SDGs by 2030, the SDG Advocates have been working to promote the universal sustainable development agenda, to raise awareness of the integrated nature of the SDGs, and to foster the engagement of new stakeholders in the implementation of these Goals. In December 2016, he was the co-mediator of the ECOWAS mediation team to resolve the post-election political impasse in The Gambia between the defeated incumbent, Yahya Jammeh and declared winner, H.E Adama Barrow
Apart from his love of reading and acquiring knowledge, President Mahama is a champion of youth empowerment across the continent and also has a keen interest in technology and being a farmer himself, he’s particularly interested in finding the most effective ways to improve agricultural productivity and continues to encourage more young people to see farming as a viable business and not a subsistence activity.
He also takes keen interest in the opportunities for simplifying and making tasks easier with the use of Information and Communications Technology, and considers the ICT industry one of the sectors that can play a significant role in economic transformation and job creation.
President John Dramani Mahama is a man of many talents and accomplishments, who committed himself to fulfilling the vision of creating a Better Ghana by focusing on Jobs, Stability and Development.
H.E has been the recipient of several awards across Africa and internationally for his distinguished career and achievements in the development of Ghana and his contributions to the African continent.
President Mahama has been married to Mrs. Lordina Dramani Mahama and they live in Accra with their children.