Professor John Evans Fiifi Atta Mills, born on July 21, 1944, in Tarkwa, Gold Coast (now Ghana), was a Ghanaian academic, politician, and statesman who served as the President of Ghana from 2009 until his untimely death in 2012.
Prof Mills had a distinguished educational background, studying at Achimota School and later pursuing his higher education abroad. He obtained a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Ghana, a Master of Laws degree from the London School of Economics, and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Law from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London.
His academic career spanned several decades, and he held various teaching positions both in Ghana and abroad. Prof Mills was known for his expertise in taxation and fiscal policy, and he published several works on these subjects.
Prof Mills' political career began in the 1980s when he joined the National Democratic Congress (NDC), a political party in Ghana. He held several key positions within the party, including serving as Vice President under President Jerry John Rawlings from 1997 to 2001.
In the 2008 presidential elections, Prof Mills ran as the NDC's candidate and emerged victorious, becoming the President of Ghana. He was inaugurated on January 7, 2009, and his presidency marked a period of stability, inclusiveness, and economic growth for the country.
During his tenure, Prof Mills focused on promoting good governance, social justice, and economic development. He implemented policies and initiatives aimed at poverty reduction, education reform, healthcare improvement, and infrastructure development. His administration also prioritized transparency, accountability, and the rule of law.
Prof Mills was known for his calm and humble demeanor, earning him the nickname "Asomdwehene," meaning "King of Peace" in the Akan language. He was widely respected for his integrity, honesty, and dedication to serving the people of Ghana.
Tragically, Prof Mills passed away on July 24, 2012, while still in office. His death deeply saddened the nation and led to a period of mourning. His Vice President, John Dramani Mahama, succeeded him as President.
Prof Mills' legacy is one of humility, leadership, and commitment to the welfare of the Ghanaian people. His contributions to academia, politics, and the development of Ghana continue to be remembered and celebrated. He left behind a legacy of servant leadership and a vision for a prosperous and united Ghana.
Date of Birth: Jul 21, 44
Place of Birth: Tarkwa, Gold Coast (now Ghana)