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John Dramani Mahama

John Dramani Mahama is the president of the Republic of Ghana. He is also a writer, historian, and journalist. His essay in this issue is an excerpt from his memoir and first book, My First Coup d’Etat: And Other True Stories from the Lost Decades of Africa (Bloomsbury, 2012). He lives in Accra with his family.


My First Coup d’Etat

Summer 2012 | Memoir

The author in his youth. (Courtesy of the author from Mahama Family Albums) The world maps of my youth were always flat. They depicted an Earth that was stretched and distorted, with no topography, no shaded relief. The only markings were the names [...]