ALHAJI ALIU Mahama was born on 3rd March 1946 at Yendi in the Northern Region of Ghana. As a young man he studied at the Government Secondary School, Tamale from 1960-67 for his Ordinary and Advanced Level Certificates. He proceeded to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi from 1967-71 where he obtained the BSc. degree in Building Technology.
He is also an Aluminus of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA). In order to sharpen and deepen his management and leadership skills, he participated in the Institute’s skills development programmes and was awarded certificates in Project Planning, Leadership and Management.
Alhaji Aliu Mahama started his working career with the Bolgatanga regional office of the State Construction Corporation as an Engineer/Construction from 1972-75. He was promoted to Assistant Regional Manager and posted to the Koforidua Regional Office of the Corporation from 1975-76. He held the position of Regional Manager in charge of the Northern Region, Tamale from June 1976 – August 1982.
In 1982 he successfully established his own Civil Engineering and General Construction Firm – LIDRA Limited and became its Managing Director. He was elected the Chairman of the Northern Regional Contractors Association in 1996 until the December 2000 Elections.
Alhaji Aliu Mahama has exceptional interest in Local Governance and Community Development. He was an elected Councillor of Yendi District Council in 1978 and Assemblyman, Tamale Municipal Assembly in 1990. He chaired the infrastructure subcommittee of the Assembly and later the Economic Development Sub-Committee and the Tamale-Louisville Sister City Committee.
He also served as member of The Board of Governors of several Secondary Schools in the northern Region including the Tamale Polytechnic Council. He was also a board member of Ghana oil Company for six years.
He is a founding member of the Real Tamale United Football Club and its promotion to Premier Division in 1978. In 1994, He took over the Chairmanship of the Club until the December 2000 Elections.
In 2000, the Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party Mr. J. A. Kufuor chose Alhaji Aliu Mahama as his running mate. Following the Party’s victory in the Presidential run-off held in December 2000, Alhaji Aliu Mahama took the oath of office on 7th. January 2001 and became the Vice-President of the Republic of Ghana.
In recognition of his hard work and impressive performance of his duties, Alhaji Aliu Mahama was again privileged to be chosen as the Vice-Presidential candidate by the New Patriotic Party and it’s Presidential Candidate Mr. J. A. Kufuor at the Annual delegates conference held in Kumasi on September 18th. 2004.
Alhaji Aliu Mahama was re-elected the Vice-President of the Republic of Ghana at the December 7 elections. He was sworn into office on 7th. January 2005. He is the first to hold that high office for a second term in the political history of Ghana.
He is married to Hajia Ramatu Mahama. Their marriage has been blessed with four children. In his leisure time, Alhaji Aliu Mahama loves reading, football and badminton.