Veep completes book launch in the US

Vice President John Dramani Mahama signing a copy of his book "My First Coup D’etat"

Vice President John Dramani Mahama signing a copy of his book “My First Coup D’etat”

Vice President John Dramani Mahama has completed the official launch of his book “My First Coup D’etat” in the United States of America with a number of reading sessions and discussions arranged by the publishers, Bloomsbury.

The four-city launch programme took Vice President Mahama to New York, Washington DC, Houston and Los Angeles.

A statement issued in Accra on Monday copied to Ghana News Agency by Mr Stanislav Dogbe, Presidential Aide, who travelled with Vice President Mahama on the book tour, said the conclusion of the USA launch coincided with the publication of the English version of the book, in paperback and now available in UK book stores and a Brazilian Portuguese language version.

The ebook version of “My First Coup’D’etat” and other true stories from the “Lost Decades of Africa” are available at

The statement said the July 10 main launch at the Schomburg Centre for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, New York, saw Vice President Mahama sharing with the audience his memories of life in the 1960’s and how his closeness to his father, a former Minister of State during the First Republic, influenced his decision to write the book.

“He has throughout the launch tour, been reading excerpts from the book and discussing his experiences as a young child in the period he describes as the Lost Decades of Africa because there is very little, if at all, written about that era- at 1960’s to the early 1980’s.”

It said Vice President Mahama used the programmes to promote Ghana as a country that was working to be a world leader, the successes of the country as a stable democratic State and the worldview of Ghana currently under President John Evans Atta Mills.

The statement said Vice President Mahama also appeared on some international media platforms including BBC World TV News, VOA News, Straight Talk Africa Programme, and had news attention in the World Street Journal, The Roots and many other national radio and newspapers in the USA.

“These programmes were opportunities for Vice President Mahama to promote Ghana and Africa even more than his book,” it added.

The statement said Vice President Mahama was joined by his wife, Lordina Dramani Mahama, son Shafik and brothers Alfred, Peter, Samuel, Micheal and sisters for the launch.

It said the Ghana launch according to the publishers would be held in August or September, depending largely on the schedules of the author. GNA

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