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Biography Of John Dramani Mahama




President John Dramani Mahama is a communication expert, historian,and writer.He’s the current President of Republic of Ghana. Prior to that, he served as the Vice President of Ghana from 2009 to 2012, and took office as President on 24th July,2012 following the death of his predecessor, John Atta Mills.He was elected to serve his first full term as President in December 2012. President Mahama was endorsed on 21st of November 2015 by members of the ruling National Democratic Congress to represent NDC in the 2016 General elections


President John Dramani Mahama was born in Damongo, now called Damongo-Daboya Constituency of Ghana on the 29th of November 1958. His father was the late Emmanuel Adama Mahama who was the first Member of Parliament for the West Gonja Constituency, and the first Regional Commissioner of the Northern Region under President Kwame Nkrumah.


John Dramani Mahama attended primary school at the Achimota School in Accra, and on completion moved to the Northern Region to attend 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. As a student,he was a member of Commonwealth Hall. He later undertook his Post Graduate Studies in Communication also in the University of Ghana, in the School of Communication Studies, which he completed in 1986.He then went ahead to study for a Post Graduate Diploma in Social Psychology from the Institute of Social Sciences in Moscow.


John Mahama completed his post graduate diploma studies in Moscow, returned to Ghana in 1991 and become the Information, Culture and Research Officer at the Embassy of Japan in Accra. After working at the Embassy of Japan, he moved on to become the International Relations, Sponsorship, Communication and Grants Manager at the Ghana Office of PLAN International.

Member of Parliament

Mahama was first elected to the Parliament of Ghana in the 1996 elections to represent the Bole/Bamboi Constituency for a four-year term. In April 1997,he was appointed Deputy Minister of Communications.He became the substantive Minister of Communications in November 1998, a position he held until January 2001 when the National Democratic Congress (NDC), the then ruling party, handed over power to the New Patriotic Party’s government.In 2000, John Mahama was re-elected for another four-year term as the Member of Parliament for the Bole/Bamboi Constituency.He was again re-elected in 2004 for a third term.

From 2001 to 2004, Mahama served as the Minority Spokesman for Communications. In 2002,he was appointed the Director of Communications for the NDC. In the same year,he served as a member of the team of International Observers selected to monitor Zimbabwe’s Parliamentary Elections. As an MP, he was a member of Standing Orders Committee. He also served on the Transport, Industry, Energy, Communications, Science and Technology Committees of Parliament. As Minister and Vice-President Mahama served as the Deputy Minister of Communications between April 1997 and November 1998. During his tenure as Minister of Communications, Mahama also served as the Chairman of the National Communications Authority, in which capacity he played a key role in stabilizing Ghana’s telecommunications sector after it was deregulated in 1997.

As a minister, he was a founding member of the Ghana AIDS Commission, a member of the implementation committee of the 2000 National Population Census and a deputy chairman of the Publicity Committee for the re-introduction of the Value Added Tax (VAT). In 2003, Mahama became a member of the Pan-African Parliament, serving as the Chairperson of the West African Caucus until 2011. He was also a member of European and Pan African Parliaments’ Ad-hoc Committee on Cooperation. In 2005, he was additionally appointed the Minority Spokesman for Foreign Affairs.

On 7 January 2009, Mahama became the Vice-President of Ghana. He also served as the Chairman of the National Economic Management Team,the Armed Forces Council of Ghana,the Decentralization and Implementation Committee and the Police Council of Ghana in this capacity. Following the death of His Excellency Professor John Evans Atta Mills on the 24th of July 2012,John Mahama was sworn into office on the same day by the Chief Justice and assumed the role of Head of Government and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of Ghana Office.

President of Ghana President John Mahama was endorsed as the 2012 Presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) on 30 August 2012 at a delegates’ conference where he polled 2,767 votes representing 99.6percent of total votes cast. On 7th of December 2012, Mahama was declared winner of the presidential election with 50.70% of the total valid votes cast (a 3% winning margin) beating his nearest rival, Nana Akufo-Addo of the main opposition, New Patriotic Party who polled a close 47.74%. Mahama won the majority of valid votes cast in eight out of Ghana’s ten administrative regions. On 30th March, 2014, he was elected 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).

Family Life and Interests

President Mahama is a Christian, and has been married for over twenty years to Mrs. Lordina Mahama. They have eight (8) children. John Mahama is an avid reader, author and historian.Over the course of his career he has written for several publications, and published his first book, a memoir entitled “My First Coup D’etat and other true stories from the lost decades of Africa”. President Mahama also has a keen interest in technology, agriculture and football.

Honours and Awards

John Dramani Mahama received an honorary doctorate in the field of Public Administration, from the Ekiti State University of Nigeria, formerly affiliated to the Obafemi Awolowo University. Later, the same university passed a resolution to name its Faculty of Management Science after him. A friendship Medal was conferred on John Dramani Mahama by the Cuban government, recognising his relentless advocacy for the Cuban cause. He was awarded African Servant Leadership Award by Graduate School of Governance and Leadership, an offshoot of the Pan-African Institute of Governance and Leadership Studies.

In 2013,he was conferred with the Africa Award for Excellence in Food Security and Poverty Reduction by the Forum for Agriculture Research in Africa (FARA).The Most recent of his awards took place in March 2016 at the University of Aberdeen special convocation where President John Mahama was conferred with an honorary degree of Doctors of Laws (LLD).Mr. Mahama has also attended numerous conferences and won many fellowships, including a study as a visiting scholar at The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA. He is also a Bill Gates Fellow.He was awarded the Great Cross of the National Order of Benin by President Yayi Boni.



Today Be The Judgement Day: All You Need To Know About The 2020 Election Petition



Live Updates from Supreme Court on 2020 election petition


The case was filed by the NDC’s 2020 Presidential Candidate, John Dramani Mahama. He is the former President of Ghana who lost the 2016 election and contested in the 2020 polls with the hope of capturing power


In accordance with the rules governing the hearing of petitions in Ghana, Mr. Mahama named Ghana’s electoral management body, Electoral Commission and Nana Akufo-Addo as respondents. Nana Akufo-Addo has been President of Ghana since 2016 and was declared the winner of the 2020 polls by the Electoral Commission.

John Mahama’s case

Mr. Mahama claims none of the candidates who contested the polls obtained more than 50% of the votes cast. He alleges that the person said to have won the polls benefitted from vote padding.

He also claims the candidate benefitted from arithmetic and computational errors. He concludes that the EC’s declaration of Nana Akufo-Addo is unconstitutional since he did not obtain more than 50% of the votes cast.

What John Mahama wants?

He wants the Supreme Court to rule that the election results as declared by the EC Chairperson, Jean Mensa, breached the constitution. He is further asking the court to annul the results of the polls and order the EC to organize a run-off between himself and Nana Akufo-Addo.

Electoral Commission’s response

But the EC says the petition is incompetent. It admits that it’s Chairperson Jean Mensa inadvertently read out the figure representing the total number of votes cast as the total number of valid votes and the percentage of Mr. Akufo-Addo as 51.59% instead of 51.295%. It says the allegation of vote padding is untrue. It however admits that minor discrepancies may have occurred as a result of computational and mathematical errors in the course of collation. These errors the commission insists did not affect the outcome of the results as declared by the EC.

Nana Akufo-Addo’s response to petition

On his part, President Akufo-Addo says the petition does not disclose any attack on the validity of the election held in 38,622 polling stations. He says the allegation of vote padding involving some 6,622 votes is empty and insignificant to materially affect the outcome of the election.
He further contends that the petition does not state how many votes John Mahama should have obtained except pointing out that none of the candidates got more than 50% of the votes cast.


The case is being heard by Chief Justice Anin Yeboah and Justices Appau, Marful-Sau, Nene Amegatcher, Prof. Kotey, Mariama Owusu and Gertrude Torkonoo.

The Chief Justice was appointed to the Supreme Court by the NPP’s John Kufuor in 2008 and elevated as Chief Justice in 2020 by President Akufo-Addo. He was part of the 2012/2013 petition and in his ruling called for fresh elections to be organized since the polls were fraught with irregularities and statutory violations that have been proven.

Justice Yaw Appau was appointed to the Supreme Court by the NDC’s John Mahama in June 2015. One of the most recent public interest cases he participated in is the case filed by the AG asking that that the court sets aside an injunction granted against the gazzetting of John Amewu as Hohoe MP. He was actually the presiding judge and that court ruled 5-0 that the judge erred in granting the injunction. He was also part of the panel that heard the case filed by Prof Kwaku Asare challenging the monopoly of the Ghana School of Law. He agreed with his colleagues in dismissing this case.

Justice Marful Sau was appointed to the Supreme Court in July 2018 by President Akufo-Addo. He was previously a Court of Appeal judge. He was also part of the panel in the SALL case at the Supreme Court mentioned earlier and the Ghana School of Law case (He agreed with his other colleagues). He participated in the voters register case prior to the 2020 elections and agreed with his colleagues that the EC can compile a new register. He was also part of the case that challenged the eligibility of Martin Amidu as Special Prosecutor. He agreed with the majority opinion that Mr. Amidu was eligible to hold office. He participated in the National Cathedral case and agreed with his colleagues that the decision to build the cathedral was in tune with the social and political objectives of the constitution.

Justice Nene Amegatcher was appointed as a Justice in July 2018 by President Akufo-Addo. Prior to that, he was a private legal practitioner. He participated in the following cases; Amidu’s eligibility, Ghana School of Law monopoly, EC register compilation. In all these cases, he agreed with his colleagues mostly unanimously in dismissing it or with the majority opinion.

Justice Prof Ashie Kotey joined the Supreme Court in July 2018. He was part of the voters’ register case and the Amidu eligibility case. In both matters he agreed with his colleagues.

Justice Mariama Owusu joined the Supreme Court in December 2019 and was part of the voters register case as well. She agreed with her colleagues.

Justice Gertrude Torkonoo joined the Supreme Court in December 2019 and was part of the SALL case that unanimously held that the High Court judge erred in granting the injunction against Peter Amewu.

Issues for Determination

The court before trial commenced set the following issues for determination

  1. Whether or not the petition discloses any reasonable cause of action
  2. Whether or not based on the data contained in the declaration of the 1st Respondent (EC), no candidate obtained more than 50% of the valid votes cast as required by article 63 (3) of the 1992 constitution
  3. Whether or not the 2nd Respondent still met the article 63 (3) of the 1992 constitution threshold by the exclusion or inclusion of the Techiman South constituency Presidential Election Results of 2020
  4. Whether or not the declaration by the 1st Respondent dated the 9th of December was in violation of article 63 (3) of the 1992 constitution.
  5. Whether or not the alleged vote padding and other errors complained of by the petitioner affected the outcome of the Presidential Election results of 2020.

Legal Teams

Mr. Mahama’s legal team is led by Tsatsu Tsikata and has Tony Lithur as a member.

The EC is represented by Justin Amenuvor and A.A Somuah Asamoah.

President Akufo-Addo’s lawyers are Akoto Ampaw, Frank Davies, Kwaku Asirifi and Yaw Oppong.


Three witnesses were presented by the petitioner to be cross-examined by the respondents. They are Johnson Asiedu Nketia, the NDC’s General Secretary, Dr. Michael Kpessa Whyte, and Rojo Mettle Nunoo who were Mr. Mahama’s representatives at the EC’s National Collation Centre (strongroom).

The crust of Mr. Nketia’s testimony is that the declaration of the EC on December 9 is error-ridden; makes no mathematical sense and indicates that no one won the polls. The other witnesses allege they discovered errors during the computation and informed the EC. They claim they were instructed to go and confer with the party’s presidential candidate. It was while they were away, that the results were declared.

The EC and President Akufo-Addo opted not to call any witnesses, insisting a case meriting an answer has not been made.

Significant rulings

The seven justices and at times nine judges hearing the 2020 Election Petition have been called upon on 11 occasions to rule on various issues.

These are matters that have seen lawyers representing the Respondents (EC and President Akufo-Addo) take positions contrary to the position of the petitioner, John Mahama.

The seven judges hearing the case are Chief Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah, Justices Yaw Appau, Marful Sau, Nene Amegatcher, Prof. Kotey, Mariama Owusu, and Gertrude Torkonoo.

They have on three occasions been joined by Justices Amadu Tanko (all three occasions) and Prof Henrietta Mensa Bonsu (twice) and Avril-Lovelace Johnson (once).

During the trial, it was only on one occasion that a request by the petitioner was wholly granted.

This was the request to correct mistakes.
The petitioner’s viewpoint has been partly upheld on two occasions when it came to striking out portions of witness statements.
The legal arguments of the Respondents have however swayed the judges 8 times.


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A Beautiful Lady Shares Her Story About How Her Husband Beats Her – Video



A woman explained how she had little choice but to sleep with her landlord in order to cover her husband’s medical bills.

One of the frequent cases of police records is the case of abuse in marriage. Many people go through domestic violence in their marriage through the hands of the spouses.

A lady has shared her story of how her husband beats her at the slightest mistake. According to her, she decided to have breakfast with her in-laws; the mother and father of her husband without putting on makeup, in order to alert her in-laws of the violence she has been putting up. She disclosed that they were very disappointed in their son for turning his wife into a punching bag.

She further disclosed that she mastered courage and reported the case to the police, moved out of the house and filed for a divorce.


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Today In History: February 24, 1966; The day Kwame Nkrumah Was Overthrown



Today In History: February 24, 1966; The day Kwame Nkrumah Was Overthrown

Ghana’s first President, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah had wanted to industrialize the nation within a generation and everything was on course until some disgruntled and self-serving Ghanaian soldiers staged a coup on February 24, 1966 to oust him.

Nkrumah was deposed by a joint military and police operation led by National Liberation Council and alleged to also be under the supervision of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

Prior to his overthrow, Dr Nkrumah had left Ghana two days earlier for Vietnam-Hanoi in what would be a mission of no return. He went away on a peace mission with the premise of initiating Ghana’s fellow Commonwealth nations to ending the Vietnam war.

While he was away, the Americans seemed convinced that the downfall of Ghana’s outspoken and authoritarian leader was imminent. Nkrumah had suffered some fallback within his own military and police over some decisions he took against senior officers.

The coup which was code-named; “Operation Cool Chop” lasted 24 hours and saw the statue of the president smashed to pieces right outside Ghana’s Parliament House. The piece was defaced and battered to the ground while people went out to jubilate.

In what would be a major setback, not only for Ghana but for Africans as a whole, workers throughout the country staged massive demonstrations to mark the new regime after the overthrow of Kwame Nkrumah.

A video in GhanaWeb’s possession showed the events that marked what would be a dark but jubilant day for some Ghanaians.

In the early hours of the morning following Dr Nkrumah’s overthrow while he away in Hanoi, workers, students, children and citizens thronged the streets of Accra in a big procession from the Hall of Trade Unions through the capital’s principal streets dancing, singing and jubilating over Nkrumah’s overthrow.

As the demonstrations erupted men, women and children are seen with placards on the streets with inscriptions such as “No more hero worship. Ghanaians are now free”, “Nkrumah is a wicked man”, “No more Nkrumaism” among others.

An eye-catching moment in the video is one with a bizarre drawing of President Nkrumah with the inscription on it “Sasabonsam”, a popular term now described as ‘Devil’.

Earlier, before Nkrumah’s overthrow, he had received a rousing hero’s welcome after he was released from prison on February 12, 1951 following a win for his party, the Convention People’s Party (CPP) in the general elections.

This followed his arrest in 1950 after he was accused of leading a ‘disturbing positive action’ campaign against the British colonial rule in the then Gold Coast.


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