My First Coup D’Etat – President John Dramani Mahama


My First Coup D’Etat: And Other True Stories from the Lost Decades of Africa, by John Dramani Mahama, President of Ghana

In Ghana, the then Vice President (and now President), John Dramani Mahama released his memoir, My First Coup d’Etat about growing up in his homeland and living through the turbulent history of post-independent Ghana. The book was published in May 2012 by Bloomsbury Publishing.

Looking at Ghana’s impressive recent past, it is easy to forget that the country was not so long ago, mired in political instability. In My First Coup D’Etat, Dramani offers an instructive and honest look at Ghana’s troubled history, which in many respects is also the story of the African continent. His personal story is even more inspiring – the young boy who at seven witnessed his first coup d’Etat and saw his father imprisoned, grows up to be president of his country.


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