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John Dramani Mahama

4th Vice President of Ghana
(4th Republic)
Assumed office 
7 January 2009
President John Atta Mills
Preceded by Aliu Mahama
Constituency Bole - Bamboi

Member of Parliament
for Bole
In office
7 January 1997 – 7 January 2009
Preceded by Mahama Jeduah
Succeeded by Joseph Akati Saaka

In office
November 1998 – 7 January 2001
President Jerry Rawlings
Vice President John Atta Mills
Preceded by Ekwow Spio-Garbrah
Succeeded by Felix Owusu-Adjapong
Constituency Bole - Bamboi

Born 29 November 1958 (1958-11-29) (age 51)
Damongo, Ghana
Nationality Ghanaian
Political party National Democratic Congress
Alma mater University of Ghana
Profession Communication consultant

John Dramani Mahama is the Vice-President of Ghana. He was elected in the 2008 election. He was formerly the Member of Parliament for Bole-Bamboi and also a member of the Pan-African Parliament from Ghana. He previously served as Minister of Communications in the Rawlings government.[1]

The NDC announced on April 9, 2008 that Mahama had been unanimously endorsed by the party's National Executive Committee as the NDC vice-presidential candidate. He was the running mate of NDC presidential candidate John Atta Mills.[2] John Dramani Mahama Achimota Primary School for his elementary education, then went on to Ghana Secondary School, Tamale for his G.C.E. O and A level education.

In 1981, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Ghana, and further obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Communication Studies, from the University of Ghana, Legon in 1986.

Institute of Social Sciences, Moscow (Postgraduate Studies in Social Psychology) 1988

Worked as: Information officer, Japan Embassy in Republic of Ghana 1991-95

Sponsorship and Grants Manager, Plan International, Ghana Country Office 1995-96

Elected, 1st term Member of Parliament for Bole/Bamboi Constituency – Dec 1996

Deputy Minister of Communications April 1997- Nov 98

Minister of Communications Nov.1998-Jan 2001

Acted as Chairman of the National Communications Authority, Regulatory Agency for Telecommunications and ICT sector Nov 1998 – Jan 2001

Elected, 2nd term Member of Parliament for Bole/Bamboi Constituency – Dec 2000

Elected, 3rd term Member of Parliament for Bole/Bamboi Constituency - Dec 2004

Minority Spokesman for Communications 2001 – 2004

Minority Spokesman for Foreign Affairs 2005 to date

Member, Appointments Committee of Parliament 1997 to date

Member, Communications Committee of Parliament 1997 to date

Member, Standing Orders Committee of Parliament 1997 to date

Director of Communications NDC 2002 to date

Member, Election observer and monitoring team, Zimbabwe Presidential elections 2002

Member of the Pan African Parliament 2004 – to date

Chairman of West African Caucus, Pan African Parliament

Member, Transport, Industry, Energy, Communications, Science and Technology Committee, Pan African Parliament.

Member, European and Pan African Parliament Ad-hoc Committee on Co-operation.-->


  1. ^ Linda Akrasi Kotey, "Fireworks in Parliament", Ghanaian Chronicle (, August 12, 2008.
  2. ^ "Mills Chooses John Mahama As Running Mate",, April 10, 2008.

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Parliament of Ghana
Preceded by
Mahama Jeduah
Member of Parliament for Bole
Succeeded by
Joseph Akati Saaka
Political offices
Preceded by
Ekwow Spio-Garbrah
Minister for Communications
1998 –2001
Succeeded by
Felix Owusu-Adjapong
Preceded by
Aliu Mahama
Vice President of Ghana
2009 – present
Party political offices
Preceded by
NDC Vice Presidential candidate
Order of precedence
Preceded by
John Atta Mills
President of Ghana
John Mahama
Vice President of Ghana
Succeeded by
Joyce Bamford-Addo
Speaker of Parliament of Ghana


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