Edward Mahama

Edward Nasigrie Mahama (born 15 April 1945) is a Ghanaian medical doctor and politician.

Edward Nasigrie Mahama
Leader of the PNC
In office
Preceded byDr. Hassan Ayariga
Personal details
Born (1945-04-15) April 15, 1945 (age 74)
Sumniboma, Ghana
Political partyPeople's National Convention
Alma materUniversity of Ghana

Early life and educationEdit

Born in the village of Sumniboma (northern Ghana) in 1945, Mahama attended Nalerigu Primary and Middle School from 1953 to 1959. He then attended Secondary School in Tamale from 1961 to 1965. Later that year, he was admitted to the University of Ghana in Legon and graduated in 1972 with a medical degree.


Mahama went back to Nalerigu as a medical doctor in September 1973 and four years later, he left Ghana to become an Obstetrics and Gynecology Physician in Chicago, Illinois. During this period, he was also a Clinical Instructor at Northwestern University. In 1990, Mahama was appointed a lecturer at the University of Ghana Medical School and consultant at Accra's Korle Bu Teaching Hospital. He was elected a fellow of the West African College of Surgeons in 1994.


In 1996, running as the presidential candidate of the People's National Convention (PNC), he received 3.0% of the vote. In his second attempt at the presidency, in 2000, he won 2.5% of the vote.

In preparation for the 2004 presidential election, the PNC and two other parties – Every Ghanaian Living Everywhere (EGLE) and the Great Consolidated Popular Party (GCPP) – formed an alliance known as the Grand Coalition and chose Mahama as its presidential candidate. He placed third out of four candidates, winning 1.9% of the vote.

Mahama was elected as the candidate for the PNC for the December 7, 2008 presidential elections.[1][2]

Edward Mahama lost the position of presidential candidate of the PNC to Hassan Ayariga in the run up to the 2012 general election. However, he won the position back from Ayariga for the 2016 election. After the defeat, Ayariga left the PNC to form another party, the All People's Congress (APC).[3]

Edward Mahama is currently Ghana's Ambassador-at-Large.[4]


Mahama is married and the father of four children.


  1. ^ "Eight Presidential Candidates for Election 2008". General News of Friday, 17 October 2008. Ghana Home Page. Retrieved 2008-10-18.
  2. ^ "2008 Candidates". Electoral Commission of Ghana. Retrieved 2008-10-21.
  3. ^ "Hassan Ayariga forms political party - MyJoyOnline.com". www.myjoyonline.com. Retrieved 2017-12-19.
  4. ^ "President Akufo-Addo presents credentials to 22 new ambassadors". Retrieved 2017-07-19.
Party political offices
Preceded by
Hilla Limann
People's National Convention presidential candidate
1996, 2000, 2004, 2008
Succeeded by
Hassan Ayariga
Preceded by
Hassan Ayariga
People's National Convention presidential candidate
Succeeded by