May 30, 2024

The Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia is set to break a record in the history of Ghana politics.

In a highly anticipated move, Vice President Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia has officially submitted his nomination forms for the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) Presidential race.

If he found favour in the NPP to lead as flagbearer and win the 2024 general election as the President of the Republic of Ghana, Dr. Bawumia will be the first Vice President to go to full terms with a President and transit immediately into becoming the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces.

Accompanied by his wife, Samira Bawumia, the Vice President filed the forms today, Friday, June 16, 2023, at 11am.
He was supported by prominent members of the party including Minister of Public Enterprises, Joseph Cudjoe, former Member of Parliament for Tema East, Daniel Nii Kwartei Titus-Glover, Sam Pyne, a former New Patriotic Party’s Ashanti Regional Secretary and Mayor of Kumasi, Greater Accra Regional Minister, Henry Quartey, Sammi Awuku, Chief Executive of National Lottery Authority (NLA), Sport Minister, Yusif Mustapha among others.

Having been viewed as a frontrunner for the position, Dr. Bawumia took to Twitter the day before to share the news with his followers. In his tweet, he expressed his intentions to contest the NPP Presidential Primary and asked for the support of party members.

The Vice President’s nomination forms were collected on his behalf by former Vice Chairman Fred Oware and former National Organiser Sammy Awuku on Tuesday, May 30. The forms were then filed at the NPP’s headquarters in Accra on Friday, June 16, marking an important step in the race to become the party’s Presidential candidate.

Dr. Bawumia’s announcement sets the stage for an exciting and highly anticipated contest against other potential candidates within the NPP. With his significant role in the party’s victories in the 2016 and 2020 elections, Dr. Bawumia has established himself as a strong candidate for the Presidency.

Mahamudu Bawumia (born 7 October 1963) is a Ghanaian economist and former central banker who serves as the 5th Vice President of Ghana in the 4th Ghanaian Republic. He assumed office on 7 January 2017 as Vice President of Ghana.

Bawumia was a Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana until his nomination as the vice presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in 2008, standing alongside presidential candidate Nana Akufo-Addo. He also ran as the NPP vice-presidential candidate in the 2012 general elections and was the lead witness for the petitioners in the 2012/2013 Presidential Election Petition which challenged the declaration of John Mahama as winner of the election.

He is married to Samira Ramadan with whom they have four children.

Early life and education

Born into a large family, Mahamudu Bawumia is the twelfth of his father’s 18 children and the second of his mother’s five.

Mahamudu Bawumia attended the Sakasaka Primary school in Tamale, and gained admission to Tamale Secondary School in 1975. After graduating from Tamale Secondary School, he went to the United Kingdom where he studied banking and obtained the Chartered Institute of Bankers Diploma (ACIB). He was President of the Ghana United Nations Students’ Association (GUNSA) for 1981. He took a First Class Honours Degree in Economics at Buckingham University in 1987.

He then obtained a master’s degree in Economics at Lincoln College, Oxford, and obtained a Ph.D. in Economics at the Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in 1995. His areas of specialization include Macroeconomics, International Economics, Development Economics and Monetary Policy. He has numerous publications.


From 1988 to 1990, Bawumia worked as a lecturer in Monetary Economics, and International Finance at the Emile Woolf College of Accountancy in London, England. He also served as an economist at the Research Department of the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C.

Between 1996 and 2000, Bawumia served as an Assistant Professor of Economics in the Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, USA, where he also received the Young Researcher Award in 1998. He was listed in “Who is Who Among America’s Teachers’ in 1999. He has also published two books on monetary policy and economic development.

Bawumia returned to Ghana in 2000 to work as an economist at the Bank of Ghana. He rose from Senior Economist to Head of Department, and subsequently as Special Assistant to the Governor of the Bank. President John Kufuor appointed Bawumia as Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana in June 2006.

2008 elections

Mahamudu Bawumia was running mate to the New Patriotic Party candidate in the 2008 elections, Nana Akufo-Addo. The NPP increased its share of the vote compared to 2004 in all the three Northern Regions, in both the first and second round.


Bawumia served as a consultant to the Economic Commission of Africa between February and March 2009. Between April and October 2009, he was a visiting scholar at the University of British Columbia Liu Centre for Global Studies and UBC Fisheries Centre.

2016 elections

Nana Akuffo Addo appointed Bawumia as his running mate in the 2016 presidential election.

2024 elections

On June 16, 2023, Bawumia filed his nomination to contest in the NPP presidential primaries. 


The Vice President is known for several philanthropic works. In October 2020, he formally commissioned an ultramodern mosque built and fully funded by him for use by the people of Prang in the Bono East area. Dr. Bawumia had earlier in June same year settle over nearly 6 decades land lease arrears for the Kumasi Central Mosque.

In September 2021, Bawumia pledged GHS 1500 monthly stipend to Psalm Adjeteyfio to take care of his rent and upkeep