H.E. Dr Nana Mrs Lordina Dramani Mahama, First Lady of the Republic of Ghana
Lordina Dramani Mahama is the First Lady of Ghana and wife of His Excellency President John Dramani Mahama. She is President of the Lordina Foundation and current President of the Organization of African First Ladies against HIV and AIDS (OAFLA). She is also the Premier Ambassador of the UNAIDS Global Plan on the Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission.
Her Excellency Lordina Mahama was born on 6th March 1963 to Mr. and Mrs. Effah of blessed memory. The third born of four children, she had her early education in Tamale at the Tishigu Anglican primary school. She then attended Bolga Girls and later Ghana Secondary School in Tamale where she completed her GCE education.
She holds a certificate in catering from Flair Catering Services, Bachelor of Arts degree in Hospitality Management and a Masters in Governance and Leadership from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA). She is currently studying a long distance LLM in Business Law/International Business Law programme at the De Montfort University, Leicester, United Kingdom.
Lordina has a deep passion for entrepreneurship, culinary arts and social work. She has worked over the years to promote the welfare of the underprivileged in Ghana. Her Excellency’s work includes orphanage support, medical outreach and start-up support for Hairdressers, Dressmakers, Beauticians and artisans across Ghana. She also helps provide shelter and vocational skills training for women accused of witchcraft who are ostracized by their communities.
She is an advocate of breast and cervical cancer and HIV prevention in Ghana and Africa. She has and continues to facilitate several free breast cancer and HIV screenings across the country.
The Lordina Foundation has also awarded a number of scholarships to needy and brilliant students to pursue further studies both home and abroad.
In recent times the First Lady opened the 7th African Conference on Sexual Health and Rights in Accra, during which she successfully launched two major continental social policy campaigns:
1. The Continental All-In Campaign to end Adolescent HIV
2. Ghana Ending Child Marriage in Africa
(Bringing together key actors from the AU and the United Nations including First Ladies of Africa)
The First Lady has a number of awards to her name and credit. These include:
• An Honorary Fellowship conferred on her by the West African College of Nursing
• Award of Doctorate Degree in Humane Letters by Fordham University, New York
• An award for campaign for cervical cancer, Maputo, Mozambique (2014 7th Stop Cervical Canner in Africa conference)
• Award for cervical cancer advocacy, Windhoek, Namibia at the (2015 8th Stop Cervical Canner in Africa conference)
• An honour from the State of New Jersey, and also given the key to the City of Newark for her dedicated service to humanity and her philanthropic works.
• Inducted into the Global Women Leaders Hall of Fame at the Africa-Middle East-Asia summit in Dubai.
• Global Inspiration Leadership Award at the Africa-Middle East-Asia summit in Dubai.
• Honoured by the State of Georgia and Maryland in the United State of America for her work in women empowerment and support for children in deprived communities in Ghana.
• She was also singled out for commendation by the United States state Department report for 2013, for standing up and supporting the alleged witches in the Gambaga witch camp in the Northern region of Ghana.
• Enstooled Queen Mother (Sompahemaa) of Nkoranza Traditional Area in Brong Ahafo Region with a stool name, Nana Akosua Fremaa Ampomah Sika I.
• Enstooled as Development Queen in Bodom in the Brong Ahafo region of Ghana
• Enstooled as Development Queen in Ampoma in the Brong Ahafo region of Ghana
• Enstooled Development Queen in Anloga in Kumasi, Ashanti region of Ghana.
She is a Christian and a member of the Assemblies of God Church. She speaks English, Hausa, Dagbani and Twi. Her hobbies include cooking, giving marital advice, reading, and attending to children and the vulnerable in society.
Lordina has five children, four boys and a girl.