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Mahamudu Bawumia Biography

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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 7th January 2017 as Vice President of Ghana.

Mahamudu Bawumia
Full Name Mahamudu Bawumia
Born October 7, 1963 (age 60)
Nationality Ghanaian
Occupation Politician
Relationship Status Married
Education Simon Fraser University
Awards Sir Alan Peacock Prize. Best Economics Student, Department of Economics, University of Buckingham (1986)
Organization NPP

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Early Life

  • Mahamudu Bawumia (born 7 October 1963) is a Ghanaian economist who hails from Tamale, Ghana.
  • He was born to Alhaji Mumuni Bawumia and Hajia Mariama Bawumia.
  • Bawumia’s father, Alhaji Mumuni Bawumia, was a notable teacher, lawyer, and politician.
  • Mahamudu Bawumia is the twelfth of his father’s 18 children and the second of his mother’s five.

Education

  • Bawumia attended Sakasaka Primary school in Tamale.
  • He later gained admission to Tamale Secondary School in 1975.
  • He pursued further studies in the United Kingdom, obtaining the Chartered Institute of Bankers Diploma (ACIB).
  • Bawumia achieved a First Class Honours Degree in Economics at Buckingham University in 1987.
  • He earned a master’s degree in Economics at Lincoln College, Oxford.
  • Bawumia completed his Ph.D. in Economics at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in 1995.

Career

  • Bawumia worked as a lecturer in Monetary Economics and International Finance at the Emile Woolf College of Accountancy in London.
  • He served as an economist at the Research Department of the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C.
  • Between 1996 and 2000, he was an Assistant Professor of Economics at Baylor University in Texas.
  • Bawumia returned to Ghana in 2000 to work at the Bank of Ghana, where he held various positions and was eventually appointed as Deputy Governor in June 2006.
  • He played a significant role in various policy initiatives and negotiations at the Bank of Ghana.
  • After the 2008 election, Bawumia resigned as Deputy Governor at the Bank of Ghana.
  • He was the running mate to the New Patriotic Party candidate in the 2008, 2012, and 2016 elections.
  • In 2023, Bawumia filed his nomination to contest in the NPP Presidential primaries and won the super delegates congress election by the New Patriotic Party with 68%.

Awards and Nominations

  • 2007: Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (FCIB).
  • 2000: Who Is Who Among America’s Teachers? – Baylor University.
  • 1999: Young Researcher Award: Baylor University, Texas, USA.
  • 1995-1999: President’s Research Fellowship: Ph.D. Simon Fraser University.
  • 1991-1995: 4 Graduate Fellowships: Ph.D. Simon Fraser University, Canada.
  • 1986: Sir Alan Peacock Prize. Best Economics Student, Department of Economics, University of Buckingham.

Personal Life

  • Bawumia is married to Samira Ramadan, and they have four children.
  • His father, Alhaji Mumuni Bawumia, was a prominent figure in Ghanaian politics and served in various capacities in different Ghanaian governments.
  • In September 2021, Bawumia’s mother, Hajia Mariama Bawumia, passed away at the age of 81.
  • Apart from his political career, Bawumia is also known for his philanthropic works.

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