Currently serving as the 7th Vice President of Ghana in the 4th Ghanaian Republic, Mahamudu Bawumia is a Ghanaian economist and former central banker. On January 7, 2017, he was officially inaugurated as the 7th Vice President of Ghana.
Alhaji Mumuni Bawumia and Hajia Mariama Bawumia gave birth to Bawumia on October 7, 1963, in Tamale.
Bawumia’s father, Alhaji Mumuni Bawumia, was a teacher, lawyer, and politician who was also a Mamprugu Royal and Chief of the Kpariga Traditional Area at the time of his death in September 2002. He was also a Mamprugu Royal and Chief of the Kpariga Traditional Area.
Elected to various Ghanaian governments, Alhaji Bawumia held positions such as a member of the Northern Territories Council, member of the Gold Coast Legislative Assembly, Member of Parliament of the First Republic, Northern Regional Minister, and Ambassador to Saudi Arabia. He was born in the Northern Territories of Ghana and grew up on the Gold Coast.
In March 1999, Alhaji Bawumia has conferred the highest national honor of Member of the Order of the Star of Ghana, which is the highest honor bestowed by the country. From 1993 until 2000, he served as chairman of the Council of State under the presidency of J. J. Rawlings, during the fourth republic’s fourth republic.
Mahamudu’s mother, Hajia Mariama Bawumia, passed away in September 2021. She passed away in Accra at the age of 81 and was later buried next to her husband in Kperiga, near Walewale in the Northeast Regional capital of Accra.
On their respective social media pages, Nana Akufo-Addo and John Mahama offered their condolences to him.
Mahamudu Bawumia is the twelfth of his father’s 18 children and the second of his mother’s five children. He was born into a large family and is the twelfth of his father’s 18 children.
Sakasaka Primary School in Tamale was where Mahamudu Bawumia started his education before being accepted into Tamale Secondary School in 1975. His studies in banking began after he graduated from Tamale Secondary School in the United Kingdom, where he earned the Chartered Institute of Bankers Diploma (ACIB). The Ghana United Nations Students’ Association (GUNSA) elected him to be its president for the year 1981. In 1987, he graduated from Buckingham University with a First-Class Honours Degree in Economics.
He subsequently went on to earn a master’s degree in Economics from Lincoln College, Oxford, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, where he began his career.
From 1988 to 1990, Bawumia taught Monetary Economics and International Finance at London’s Emile Woolf College of Accountancy. He worked as an economist at the International Monetary Fund’s Research Department in Washington, DC.
From 1996 until 2000, Bawumia was an Assistant Professor of Economics at Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business, where he received the Young Researcher Award in 1998. in Who is Who Among America’s Teachers, 1999. He’s written two books on monetary policy and economic growth.
In 2000, he returned to Ghana to serve as an economist at the Bank of Ghana. He progressed from Senior Economist to Department Head and then Special Assistant to the Governor of the Bank. In June 2006, President John Kufuor appointed Bawumia as Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana.
Bawumia First Wife
Although a story was shared online that Bawumia has the secret first wife that he has been hiding away from the public domain. This rumor was amplified by the error made by the speaker of the parliament when he referred to the first lady of Ghana as Ramatu instead of Samira.
However, the Vice president’s office responded to the story describing it as fake news, and an attempt at blackmailing the vice president.
For all we know, Samira is the official first wife of Bawumia for now. Below, we will dig out some interesting information about Ghana’s 2nd lady, Samira Bawumia.
A Brief Biography of Samira Bawumia
Samira Bawumia (née Ramadan) (born 20 August 1980) is a Ghanaian politician and the Second Lady of the Republic of Ghana. She is married to the Vice President of Ghana, Mahamudu Bawumia.
Samira began her early education at the Answarudeen Islamic School at Fadama and Alsyd Academy in Accra, before continuing to the Akosombo International School (AIS) and then to Mfantsiman Girls’ Secondary School at Saltpond in the Central Region of Ghana.
Following her admission to Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), she studied BA. Social Science in Law and Sociology and Technology. At the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), where she had her postgraduate studies, she was awarded the Best Student in Master of Business Administration (MBA).
Awards and Honors
Mrs. Bawumia was recently made an Ambassador for the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves and joins the late former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Academy Award-winning actor Julia Roberts, and Grammy-nominated Ghanaian musician Rocky Dawuni to work with the Alliance and its partners to raise awareness of household air pollution and encourage broader adoption of clean cooking solutions in developing countries in a bid to create cleaner environments and eradicate deaths caused by pollution from the burning of solid fuels for cooking.
In 2019, she was acknowledged as the first of seven individuals honored by Sustainable Energy for All (SEforAll) in conjunction with Ashden. This was in recognition of her efforts towards the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7, which is to ensure access to modern reliable, renewable and affordable energy for all by 2030.
Samira Bawumia is a multi-lingua, fluent in Ewe, Ga, Twi, Fanti and Mamprusi.