Alhaji Aliu Mahama (3 March 1946 – 16 November 2012) was a Ghanaian engineer and politician who was Vice-President of Ghana from 7 January 2001 to 7 January 2009. A member of the New Patriotic Party, he was Ghana's first Muslim Vice-President.

Aliu Mahama
Alhaji Aliu Mahama.jpg
4th Vice-President of Ghana
(3rd Vice-President of the 4th Republic)
In office
7 January 2001 – 7 January 2009
PresidentJohn Agyekum Kufuor
Preceded byJohn Atta Mills
Succeeded byJohn Dramani Mahama
Personal details
Born(1946-03-03)3 March 1946
Yendi, Gold Coast (then a colony of the United Kingdom)
Died16 November 2012(2012-11-16) (aged 66)
Accra, Ghana
Political partyNew Patriotic Party
Spouse(s)Ramatu Aliu Mahama
RelationsImoru Egala (father-in-law)
ProfessionQuantity surveyor, civil engineer, contractor

Early life and educationEdit

An ethnic Dagomba, Aliu Mahama as a young man studied at the Government Secondary School in Tamale from 1960 to 1967 for his Ordinary and Advanced Level Certificates. He proceeded to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi from 1967 to 1971 where he obtained the B.Sc. in Building Technology.

Mahama was also an Alumnus of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA). In order to sharpen and deepen his management and leadership skills, he obtained two certificates from the Institute in Project Planning and Management and in Leadership.


He started his working career at the Bolgatanga regional office of the State Construction Corporation as an Engineer/Construction from 1972 to 1975.

He was promoted to Assistant Regional Manager and posted to the Koforidua Regional Office of the corporation from 1975 to 1976. He held the position of Regional Manager in charge of the Northern Region, Tamale from June 1976 to August 1982.

In 1982 he successfully established his own civil engineering and general construction firm, LIDRA Limited, and became its managing director. He was Chairman of the Northern Regional Contractors Association from 1996 until the December 2000 elections.

He was a Councilor on the Yendi District Council in 1978 and an Assemblyman on the Tamale Municipal Assembly in 1990. He was also Chairman of the Economic Development Committee of the Tamale-Louisville Sister State Committee.

He was a board member of several secondary schools in the Northern Region including the Tamale Polytechnic.[1]

He also served as a Board member of the Ghanaian Premier League side Real Tamale United, where he was a founding member.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

He was married to Hajia Ramatu Mahama. Their son Farouk Aliu Mahama is currently the Member of Parliament for Yendi constituency and the Board Chair of the Ghana Integrated Iron and Steel Corporation.[3]


After two terms as vice-president, he sought the New Patriotic Party's nomination for the 2008 presidential election,[4] but at the party's convention in December 2007, he was unsuccessful, obtaining only 6% (146 votes) of total delegate ballots cast. He then retired from politics.[5]


The Ghanaian media circulated rumours of his death on 14 November 2012 at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital but the story was quickly denied the same day by his family and hospital authorities.[6] He eventually died at the same hospital on 16 November 2012 at the age of 66 from a heart-related condition and complications from a stroke. He died almost four months after Ghanaian President John Atta Mills died.[7][8]

State funeralEdit

A state funeral, attended by hundreds, was held for him on 18 November 2012 per Islamic funeral prayer rites (Janaza) at the Independence Square in the capital, Accra.[9] In addition, he was accorded ceremonial military honours including an army procession accompanying the cortège and a 19-gun salute usually given to departed vice-presidents.[10] His body was later flown in a Ghana Air Force jet to Tamale in the Northern Region for burial at his private residence.[11]


  1. ^ "Confirmed: Former VEEP Aliu Mahama Dead" | Politics | Archived 19 November 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Ghana football mourns Alhaji Aliu Mahama", Ghana Football Association, 16 November 2012. Archived 3 December 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Akufo-Addo appoints Farouk Mahama as Board Chair for Ghana Integrated Iron and Steel Corporation". Citi Business News. 2021-08-09. Retrieved 2021-09-16.
  4. ^ "This is my time – Aliu Mahama", GNA, 24 October 2007.
  5. ^ "Aliu Mahama Was Ghana's First Muslim Vice President", Modern Ghana, 19 November 2012.
  6. ^ "Korle-Bu Hospital CEO denies Aliu Mahama is dead", Joy Online, 14 November 2012. Archived 16 November 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Aliu Mahama Is Dead- Korle Bu Confirms", Expose Ghana, 16 November 2012.
  8. ^ "Aliu Mahama died of stroke - Kufuor", Citifm Online, 17 November 2012. Archived 29 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ William Nana Yaw Beeko, "Funeral Prayer Service For Late Aliu Mahama Underway In Accra", Modern Ghana, 18 November 2012. Archived 19 November 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ "Hundreds attend Aliu Mahama’s funeral in Accra", GhanaWeb, 18 November 2012. Archived 20 November 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Kevin Dartey, "Confirmed: Aliu Mahama to be buried in Tamale Today", GhanaWeb, 18 November 2012. Archived 19 November 2012 at the Wayback Machine
Political offices
Preceded by Vice-President of Ghana
Succeeded by