John Evans Fifii Atta Mills was born July 21 1944. He was the third President of the Forth Republic of Ghana. He was the inaugurated on January 7 2009 having defeated the ruling party candidate Nana Akufo-Addo in the 2008 election. He was the Vice-President from 1997 to 2001 under President Jerry Rawlings, and stood unsuccessfully in the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections as the candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
Mills was a Fanti from Ekumfi Otuam in the Central Region of Ghana. He was born in Tarkwa a town located in the Western Region of Ghana. He was educated at Achimota School, where he completed the Advanced-level Certificate in 1963, and University of Ghana, Legion, where he received Black man of the month several times.
INCOMING PRESIDENT JOHN DRAMANI MAHAMA
John Dramani Mahama was born on November 29, 1958. He is a communication expert, historian and writer, former Member of Parliament and Minister of State. Until his swearing, he was the Vice-President of Ghana under late Atta Mills.
He was born in Damango, which is in the Northern Region of Ghana. His father Mr. Emmanuel Adama Mahama was the first Member of Parliament for West Gonja Constituency and the first Regional Commissioner of the Northern Region during Ghana’s First Republic.
Upon the successful completion of his degree program, Mahama them went on to pursue an additional post-graduate diploma in social psychology at the institution of social science in Moscow.
After completing his education, Mr. Mahama returned to Ghana and from 1991 to 1996, he worked as the information, Culture and Research Officer at the Embassy of Japan in Accra.
From there he moved to the non-governmental agency (NGO) PLAN International to become Ghana’s Country Officer, where he worked on International Relations, Sponsorship Communications and Grants Management.
Mahama loves to read. He is also an avid writer and he had numerous articles published nationally and internationally. His first book, ‘My First Coup d’Etat’ and other True Stories from the Lost Decades of Africa, was published by Bloomsbury on July 3.