Four years down the memory lane, Ghana was struck like never before when a sitting president, John Evans Fiifi Atta Mills collapsed and died in office three days after his birth day.
Born on 21 July 1944 in Tarkwa, in the Western Region of Ghana. He hailed from the town of Ekumfi Otuam in the Mfantsiman East constituency of the Central Region of Ghana.
He had his primary and middle school education at Huni Valley Methodist Primary School and Komenda Methodist Middle School respectively. He then proceeded to the prestigious Achimota School for his secondary education, where he completed the Ordinary and Advanced-Level Certificates in 1961 and 1963 respectively, and the University of Ghana, Legon, where he completed a bachelor of law degree, LLB and a professional law certificate in 1967.
The remembrance of his passing to eternity shall be proceeded by his 72nd birth day which is on 21st of July 2016. This shall be followed by a commemorative lecture by H.E Joyce Banda, former President of Malawi, themed; “ATTA MILLS THE SERVANT LEADER”.
Monday, 25th of July 2016 at the Chapel Square, Cape Coast, H.E John Dramani Mahama shall commission the John Evans Atta Mills Presidential Library which was built to his honour.
Having defeated then ruling party candidate Nana Akufo-Addo in the 2008 elections, John Evans Atta Mills previously served as the third Vice-President of the fourth republic from 1997 to 2001 under President Jerry Rawlings.
He stood unsuccessfully in the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections as the candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and in 2008 succeeded to become the third president also of the fourth republic.
He is the first Ghanaian head of state to die in office.