John Dramani Mahama is a political leader hailing from Ghana. He is famous for serving as the president of the country from 2012 to 2017. Before serving as the president of Ghana, he was the Vice President from the year 2009 to 2012. He took the presidency office after the death of the late John Atta Mills, who was his predecessor. The Ghanaian politician was born on November 29th 1958 meaning that he will turn 60 years this year, 2018.
Who is John Dramani Mahama? Here we will share more of him from his family, career, achievements, as well as his history. John Dramani Mahama is not only a respected leader; he is also a communication expert, a writer, and a historian. Read on and you will definitely fall in love with his profile that can be placed under the most influential Ghanaians.
Full John Dramani profile
- Born: November 29th 1958
- Age: 59 years old, he will turn 60 years old in November 2018
- Origin: Ghana
- Marital status; Married
- Occupation: Politician
- Famous for: Serving as the president of Ghana from the year 2012-2017.
John Dramani Mahama biography
John Dramani Mahama hails from the Northern region of Ghana where he pursed his primary level at Achimota School. He proceeded with his secondary level at Ghana Secondary school in Tamale and then joined one of the best universities in Ghana, University of Ghana in Legon.
In 1981, John Mahama pursed a degree in history and he also holds a postgraduate diploma in communication studies, which he pursed back in 1986. While at the University of Ghana Legon, Dramani joined Commonwealth and became a member.
Mahama furthered his studies at one of the institutes in Moscow, Institute of Social Sciences in Soviet Union. He wanted to specialize more in social psychology and after putting much effort in his studies he was able to obtain a postgraduate degree back in the year 1988.
John Dramani Mahama work experience
After John Dramani Mahama education completion, he acquired working experience by teaching history to secondary students for few years. He then made his returns to Ghana from Moscow where he furthered his studies and worked in Accra at Embassy of Japan from 1991 to 1995. In 1993, Mahama used to participate in a training course (a professional one) for ‘Overseas Public Relation Staff’ that was organized by ‘Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs’, Tokyo.
He travelled to Nairobi in Kenya as well to participate in a training course that was organized and managed by RESA, Plan International. He later moved to work as a manager of International Relations, Sponsorship Communications, and Grants at an anti-poverty NGO, Non-Governmental Organization from the year 1995 to 1996.
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John Dramani Mahama political career
How did John Dramani Mahama join politics? Well, he was elected for a 4-year term to be Bamboi Constituency representative back in 1996. He was then appointed the Deputy Minister of Communications, back in 1997. After that post, in 1998 Mahama got promoted to be the Minister of Communications, in which he served from 1998 to 2001 in the month of January. At that time, National Democratic Congress, NDC, the ruling party, handed its power to the government of New Patriotic Party, NPP.
Drahami was then re-elected to represent Bamboi also referred to as Bole Constituency for another 4-year term back in 2001 and again in 2004. Alongside being the Bole Constituency representative, Dramani used to serve as Spokesman for minority parliamentary communications. John Mahama was then appointed as the NDC Director of communications back in 2002. He was also serving as an International Observers team member for monitoring Parliamentary Elections for Zimbabwe in that same year, 2002. As the Bole Constituency Member of Parliament, Mahama was a member of Technology Committee, transport, energy, ‘standing orders’ committee, communications, industry, and science.
How did John Mahama become the vice president of Ghana? When you go through John Dramani Mahama’s biography, you will notice that he had interest in politics. As a minister, he became the Deputy Minister of Communication and the National Communication Authority serving chairman, that period was around 1997. His given obligations was to stabilize telecommunication sector of Ghana after undergoing deregulation in the year 1997. As you read, Mahama was a hardworking man ready to represent the Ghanaians in politics. This is because he was among Ghana AIDS Commission founder members, the public committee deputy chairman for VAT (Value Added Tax) re-introduction. And among the National Population Census members of implementation committee.
Dramani Mahama continued to show his interest in politics and he became the vice president of Ghana on January 7th 2009. In that same year, he was the serving chairperson of the National Economic Management Team, the Decentralization & Implementation committee, the Armed Forces Council of the country, and the Police Council of Ghana.
What about John Dramani as the president? He became the president after the death of John Atta Mills, who was his predecessor on July 24th 2012. In fact, Mahama has served Ghana as the Ghanaian & Pan-African MP; he then became the Deputy Minister, the minister, the Vice-President and finally the President. In simple terms, he is the first Ghanaian politician to serve all political office levels. All this explains why Mahama is so popular in social networking sites such as Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Other events that make John Mahama to be renowned in Africa include:
- He was presided over ECOWAS back on March 30th 2014.
- He was once a chairperson of AU, African Union HATC, High-Level African Trade Committee. That was on June 26th 2014.
Nana Akufo-Addo the serving president of Ghana defeated John Dramani Mahama during presidential election on December 9th 2016, he had 44.4% while Nana Akufo-Addo had 53.5% of the total votes. In that same month in 2016, Mahama participated with mediation team so that they could resolve The Gambia post-election impasse of politics.
John Mahama and family
John Dramani’s father Emmanuel Adama Mahama was a popular rich rice farmer, a teacher by profession, the 1st MP for West Gonja constituency, as well as the 1st Regional Commissioner during Kwame Nkrumah the first president of Ghana term. Emmanuel, John Dramani father, was a senior presidential advisor during Hilla Limann presidency term from 1979 – 1981. This shows that leadership was a call in their family; the son followed the father’s steps. Mahama have not disclosed his mother’s name. We only know John Dramani Mahama brother, who is known as Ibrahim Mahama.
John Mahama is married to a beautiful as well as angelic lady called Lordina Mahama. They recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary, which was held in Accra at Kempinski Hotel. It is very vital to renew wedding vows for it strengthens the relationship. Dramani Mahama and the wife have been together since their tied knots back in 1992; very impressive and inspiring to young couples.
Apart from the former president family members, notable personalities did not miss the ceremonial event. Clergym former ambassadors, former minister of state, chiefs, and business leaders were seen at the anniversary. Dr. Nyaho Tamakloe, Sam Korankye Ankrah, Archbishop Duncan Williams, Sheikh Osmanu Nuhu Sharubutu, Eastwood Anaba, Business mogul Joseph Siaw Agyepong, Chief Imam, journalist Kweku Baako, former chief justice Georgina Wood, Lawrence Tetteh are some of the personals spotted at the ceremony.
The couple is blessed with 5 beautiful children named Jesse Mahama, Sharaf Mahama, Farida Mahama, Shahid Mahama, and Shafik Mahama. Apart from the 5 Mahama’s children, he has other children that he got outside his wedlock. Some say he has 18 plus children making the Ghanaian to wonder, former President Mahama number of children. The good thing is that he is a responsible father to all his kids. His wife also understands the situation than nobody else.
During John Mahama interview with the New York-based magazine ‘Africawatch,’ said in his own words that, “There is this notion of me being a womaniser which is certainly not true. I have had children outside my marriage. But I’m at peace with my wife. She understands the circumstances in which it happened, and I have been a responsible father to my children.” Here are John Dramani Mahama children pictures that prove how responsible the father is. He even post their photos on social media to express his love for them. To us, it does not matter how many kids you have as long as you can take good care of them.
John Mahama hobbies
John Dramani Mahama is also a writer. He is the author of a number of newspapers as well as other local and international publications such as Mahama’s Hammer, which is a parliamentarian write. Mahama’s written essays have been published in the root, Huffington, the Daily Graphic, the Lovisville Courer-journal, ebony, and the New York Times. All this shows that he is a professional writer as well as a speaker. John Mahama was once invited in Santa Monica to speek at TEDx Great Oacific Gabbage.
John Mahama reading hobby aside, he loves to listen to Afrobeat music his favorite artist being Fela Kuti. He is also in love with technological innovations like in Agriculture sector. We understand that he has passion in agriculture sector because he is a farmer himself and he would definitely love to find more ways to improve his agricultural productivity. John Mahama tries to inspire as well as encourage youths not to shun away from farming. Farming is one of the most profitable businesses that one can invest in.Yes, starting farming from scratch requires more capital, but huge returns can be guaranteed depending on the type of crops you go for.
John also has an eye on ICT industry because it improves the information & technology sector. Lasty, he is a prolific motor cycler , he owns a total of 5 bikes that he enjoys riding. John Dramani Mahama political life is very different from his other careers life. His hobbies tell that he is a determined man with brains.
John Dramani Mahama honors & awards
The former president of Ghana is a multi-award winner. In his Public Administration, he received honorary doctorate from Ekiti State University located in Nigeria. That same Nigerian university named the Faculty of Management Science after Mahama. He was also honored by Assemblies of God general council with Daniel awards. John Mahama technocratic flair as well as his acumen made his to be awarded ‘African Servant Leadership Award by The Graduate School of Governance and Leadership.
He received “African Political Leader of the Year Award in 207 from a South African, SA, African Leadership Magazine.”
John Mahama and Nadia Buari
Nadia Buari is a renowned actress hailing from Ghana. She gave birth to beautiful twins and rumors spread that the father of the twins is the former president of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama. Which was later confirmed not to be true.. Nadia Buari step-dad, Alhaji Sidiku Buari, got angry of the allegations and decided to come out clean. He openly said that the media disappointed him for coming up with such as fake accusations. Some even said that the father to the twins was Jim Lyke because both of them were spotted linked together.
At an interview with ‘Hitz Entertainment News, Nadia step dad reputed that,
“That’s a big lie. Much as I respect some of the media people but some of them are just unbelievable what they put in the papers or what you hear on the radio and the television because in most cases they lie.”
He added by saying that,
Where on earth did this happen? Where will Nadia say that? In a Spanish radio station, isn’t that funny? Just recently somebody was showing me two pictures of twins which is far from the truth. Which were not the twins that Nadia had.” Alhaji Buari also told the public that he won’t disclose the father to Nadia twins until the right time comes.