Former Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama’s Momentous Visit to UCalgary [Photos]
On October 24, 2023, the University of Calgary welcomed former Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama, marking a significant moment in our institution’s history as it hosted its first African president.
Mahama, who previously led Ghana from 2012 to 2017 and is a candidate for the 2024 elections, presented a compelling vision for West Africa’s economic development and innovation potential. His address emphasized the importance of collaboration and urged the international community to invest in the region’s growth.
Recognizing UCalgary’s diverse community, Mahama praised its pivotal role as an exceptional platform for advocating West Africa’s prospects. He commended the university’s diverse programs and research opportunities, attracting a global cohort of students.
The event sparkled with vibrant cultural displays, featuring a captivating musical tribute by the Royal Cultural Dancers of Calgary, celebrating the rich tapestry of Ghanaian culture and diversity.
Mahama’s visit acted as a catalyst for dialogue, uniting students, faculty, staff, and the Ghanaian-Canadian community. Conversations encompassed a wide array of topics, from economic strategies to gender equity and inclusivity.
This visit was part of Mahama’s broader speaking tour across Canada, highlighting the significance of fostering international collaboration and nurturing mutual understanding among nations.