In his review of John Mahama’s book, late literary legend, Chinua Achebe recommended it for African studies and critical attention.
Former President John Dramani Mahama will today, simultaneously begin readings from his book, “My First Coup d’État and Other True Stories from the Lost Decades of Africa” and a series of lectures at various universities in the country. According to Mr. Mahama, he will kick-off the book reading and lecture tour from the University of Ghana which is his alma mater.
The immediate past president made this disclosure via his official twitter handle. Posting a photo of the official notice, he wrote: “Starting a round of readings from my book and a series of university lectures this Tuesday, first at my alma mater University of Ghana”. See tweet below.
Starting a round of readings from my book and a series of university lectures this Tuesday, first at my alma mater, University of Ghana. pic.twitter.com/iArrBZLWBE
— John Dramani Mahama (@JDMahama) March 26, 2017
Per the notice, the event which is jointly organised by the University of Ghana’s English Department and The New York University, will hold at exactly 3:00 pm on Tuesday, 28th March, 2017 [today], at the J.H Kwabena Nketia Conference Hall, Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana.
John Mahama, since after handing over powers to his successor, President Nana Akufo-Addo has busied himself with one activity or the other. Although the ex president had stressed on several platforms, his intentions to take a long leave to rest after an uninterrupted work as president, we are yet to see him taking the said rest.
John Mahama’s Book
John Mahama’s book, My First Coup d’État and Other True Stories from the Lost Decades of Africa, is an autobiography written by the former president and published by Bloomsbury on 3 July 2012.
The book is a memoir wherein Mr Mahama recounts his childhood experiences as the son of a minister under the government of Ghana’s first president, Kwame Nkrumah. The book which is a good blend of Mahama’s historian and novelist characteristics, started when the writer was just seven, with the ousting of then President Nkrumah in a military coup in 1966, and the sudden disappearance [imprisonment] of his father for over a year.
The late African literary legend, Chinua Achebe in his review of John Mahama’s book, recommended it for African studies while saying that it “exposes home grown African pathologies and helps us understand several contradictions of our post-colonial condition”.
On a visit to Buckingham Palace in 2014, the president presented a copy of his book to Queen Elizabeth II of England.