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Abdulai Abubakari

Ghanaian gynecologist and politician, was born on 15 April 1945 into the royal family at Sumniboma, a village near Nalerigu in the East Mamprusi District in Northern Region, Ghana. He was born Nasigrie Edward Mahama to the chief of Sumniboma, Kuloagnaa Nasigrie, and Madam Tani Nasigrie, who was a princess of Zambulgu, a village to the south of Sumniboma. His father died two months before he was born.

In 1953 Nasigrie’s elder brother G. Y. Mahama, who had just finished Aggrey Memorial College, was posted to Nalerigu as a court clerk and brought Nasigrie with him to attend Nalerigu primary school. Mahama then attended the Nalerigu Middle School and passed the common entrance examinations, to secure admission into the Government Secondary School in Tamale in September 1960 Although he was a promising athlete and a fine soccer player nicknamed Pelé after the Brazilian star Mahama focused on academics He ...