Months after losing a second term bid, Ghana’s former president John Mahama is set to return to the public limelight.
The former president has announced a book tour, beginning Tuesday March 28, 2017.
Mr Mahama made the announcement on his official Twitter account. He said: “Starting a round of readings from my book and a series of university lectures this Tuesday, first at my alma mater, University of Ghana.”
In 2012, President Mahama (then Vice President) published an autobiography titled ‘My First Coup D’état: Memories from the Lost Decades of Africa.’ It is a coming of age story that begins when Ghana’s first president Kwame Nkrumah is overthrown in 1966; when Mahama was only seven years old. His father, a minister in Nkrumah’s government was subsequently arrested and imprisoned by the military junta.
The late African literary giant, Chinua Achebe gave a favourable review of Mr Mahama’s book.
He said, “with crisp yet sweeping prose, John Mahama’s memoir My First Coup D’Etat provides insights into Ghana’s, and by extension, Africa’s struggle to weather its historical burden and engage with a world much removed from her dilemma. Without sentimentality or condescension, he exposes home grown African pathologies and helps us understand several contradictions of our post-colonial condition. His is a much welcome work of immense relevance to African studies and deserves serious critical attention.”
On a visit to Buckingham Palace in 2014, the president presented a copy of his book to Queen Elizabeth.
Since leaving office, the former president has been to The Gambia, Kenya and South Africa.