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After serving as vice president since 2009. John Dramani Mahama became president of Ghana in July, following the death of President John Atta Mills in May. A general election is set for December. Mahama’s recently-published memoir, My First Coup D’Etat tells the story of his childhood and adolescence in Ghana during 1960s and 70s. The book has received widespread praise, including from novelist and poet Chinua Achebe who described it as “A much welcome work of immense relevance.” The Financial Times singled out Mahama’s ability to weave “small slices of history…

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