John Dramani Mahama was born 29 November 1958 and is a Ghanaian politician who has been President of Ghana since July 2012. He was the Vice President of Ghana from 2009 to 2012, and he took office as President on 24 July 2012 following the death of his predecessor, President John Atta Mills.A respected communications expert, historian, and writer, Mahama was a Member of Parliament from 1997 to 2009 and Minister of Communications from 1998 to 2001.
A member of the Gonja ethnic group, he is specifically from Bole. Mahama was born in Damongo, in the Damango-Daboya constituency of Ghana into a rich political tradition dating back to the country’s First Republic. His father, Emmanuel Adama Mahama, a wealthy rice farmer and teacher, was the first Member of Parliament for the West Gonja Constituency and the first Regional Commissioner of the Northern Region (Ghana) during Ghana’s First Republic under her first president, Kwame Nkrumah.
Mahama attended the prestigious Achimota School and then proceeded to Ghana Secondary School (Tamale, Northern Region of Ghana) and the University of Ghana, Legon, receiving a bachelor’s degree in history in 1981 and a postgraduate diploma in communication studies in 1986. Following this, he travelled to the Institute of Social Sciences, Moscow in the then Soviet Union for further studies in a two-year postgraduate programme, specializing in social psychology. He obtained a master’s degree in 1988.