The second highest office holders, well-known in the political arena as Vice Presidents have over the years been very instrumental and resourceful in championing the developmental affairs of our mother Ghana.
Their wives also continue to stand with them through the thick and thin to ensure that Ghana becomes a better place for living.
In this article, we are going to clearly learn about all the Vice Presidents and Second Ladies Ghana has been blessed with since independence.
Follow me, and let's together do this in the subsequent paragraphs.
1. H.E Dr. Joseph William Swain de Graft-Johnson
Born on October 6, 1933 in Cape Coast, Gold Coast (now Ghana), Dr. Joseph William Swain de Graft-Johnson served as the 1st Vice-President of the Third Republic of Ghana from 1979 to 1981, under the leadership of Hilla Limann.
He was also an engineer and a lecturer at the Buildings and Roads Research Institute of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana.
Dr. de Graft-Johnson died in London, United Kingdom on April 22, 1999 at the age of 65.
He was married to Her Excellency Lily Anna de Graft-Johnson.
2. H.E Kow Nkensen Arkaah
Born at Senya Breku in the Central Region of Ghana (then Gold Coast), Kow Nkensen Arkaah served as the Vice-President of Ghana from 1993 to 1997, under the leadership of late President Jerry John Rawlings.
After obtaining his Ordinary Level Certificate and Advanced Level Certificate from Mfantsipim School and Achimota School respectively, he then obtained his First Degree from Tufts College in the United States of America.
Kow additionally obtained an MBA from the World's prestigious Harvard University in 1954.
In the traditional leadership arena, Kow Arkaah served as the Tufuhene of the Senya Breku Traditional Area.
In the industrial/corporate environment, Kow served as a Business Consultant in Yugoslavia, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia and The Gambia.
He was also the Managing Director of National Trading Corporation, the then Ghana's largest trading company. Kow additionally served as the Managing Director of Ghana Airlways and the Managing Director of the Ghana National Procurement Agency.
Prior to that, he served as the Director of Mobil Oil Ghana Limited.
Kow died in Atlanta in the United States of America on April 25, 2001.
He was married to Her Excellency Marian Arkaah.
3. H.E Professor John Evans Fiifi Atta-Mills
Born on July 21, 1944 in Tarkwa in the Western Region of Ghana (then Gold Coast), Professor John Evans Fiifi Atta-Mills served as the Vice-President of the Fourth Republic of Ghana from 1997 to 2001 under the leadership of late President Jerry John Rawlings.
After obtaining his Ordinary Level and Advanced Level Certificates from Achimota School, Accra, Ghana, Atta-Mills then further his education at the University of Ghana, Legon, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Laws Degree.
He additionally obtained an LL.M from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1968.
Atta-Mills further did his PhD in Law at the School of Oriental and African School of Law, University of London, United Kingdom.
Professor John Evans Atta-Mills died in Accra, Ghana on July 24, 2012 as a sitting president of Ghana at the age of 68.
He was married to Her Excellency Ernestina Naadu Mills.
4. H.E Alhaji Aliu Mahama
Born on March 3, 1946 in Yendi, Gold Coast, Alhaji Aliu Mahama served as the Third Vice-President of the Fourth Republic of Ghana from 2001 to 2009.
He was also a Quantity Surveyor, Civil Engineer and a Contractor.
After he obtained his Ordinary Level and Advanced Level Certificates from the Government Secondary School in Tamale in the Northern Region of Ghana, Aliu Mahama additionally obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Building Technology in 1971.
Alhaji Aliu Mahama died in Accra, Ghana on November 16, 2012 at the age of 66.
He was married to Her Excellency Ramatu Aliu Mahama.
5. H.E John Dramani Mahama
Born on November 29, 1958 Damongo in Ghana, John Dramani Mahama served as the Vice-President of the Fourth Republic of Ghana from 2009 to 2012, Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States from 2013 to 2015 and President of Ghana from 2012 to 2017.
He is an alumnus of the University of Ghana, Legon, and Institute of Social Sciences in Moscow in the Soviet Union.
Mahama is also an old student of Ghana Secondary School in Tamale in Ghana's Northern Region.
He is happily married to Her Excellency Lordina Mahama, and blessed with five children.
7. H.E Paa Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur
Born on April 29, 1951 in Cape Coast in the Central Region of Ghana (previously Gold Coast), Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur served as the 12th Governor of the Bank of Ghana (from 2009 to 2012) and Vice-President of the Fourth Republic of Ghana (from 2012 to 2017).
Amissah-Arthur was an old student of Achimota School, and an alumnus of the University of Ghana, Legon.
He died in Accra, Ghana on June 29, 2018 at the age of 67.
Amissah-Arthur was married to her Excellency Matilda Amissah-Arthur.
7. H.E Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia
Born on October 10, 1963 to Alhaji Mumuni Bawumia and Hajia Mariama Bawumia in Tamale in the Northern Region of Ghana, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia is currently the Vice-President of the Fourth Republic of Ghana under the leadership of H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, a role he assumed in 2017.
H.E Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia is an old student of Tamale Secondary School as well as an alumnus of Buckingham University (1987), United Kingdom; Lincoln College, Oxford, United Kingdom; and Simon Frazer University, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (1995).
Mahamudu Bawumia is married to Her Excellency Samira Bawumia, and they are blessed with four children.
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