As today marks ten years after the unfortunate passing of former President Atta Mills, Ghanaians continue to remember him.
In the past ten (10) years, John Evans Atta Mills, the President of Ghana, passed away today, July 24, 2012, at the 37th Military Hospital in Accra.
His death came just three days after he turned 68 years old. The nation was taken aback by his passing because he had only recently returned from a medical examination a few days before he passed away.
As soon as it was established that he had passed away, a period of national mourning was immediately instituted. His passing marked the first time in history that an incumbent president had passed away.
After losing to John Agyekum Kuffour in both 2000 and 2004, John Evans Atta Mills was finally able to win the presidency in 2009. In 2008, he ran against Nana Addo Dankwah for the position of president and ultimately won.
On January 7, 2009, he was sworn in as president of Ghana. As a result of his reputation as a man of peace, the late President Mills was sometimes referred to as “asomdwea hene,” which literally translates to “king of peace.” One of the important achievements of his administration, which spanned a total of three and a half years, was the Ghana under-20 team’s victory in the World Cup, which was held in Egypt in 2009.
The following year, 2010, was when Black Stars made their second appearance at the Mundia competition, which was held in South Africa. Because they were the only African team to get to the quarterfinals, the Black Stars of Ghana raised the country’s flag to a higher position.
The former President of the United States, Barrack Obama, made a trip to Ghana when he was in office. It was a momentous occasion for Ghana, as a result of which the bond between the two nations was strengthened.
The atmosphere and the enthusiasm were a sight to behold, and it also helped to increase tourism, which resulted in additional cash for the nation.
Many people think of John Evans as a humble president, despite the fact that he was a genuine native son of the land. Because he was a man of peace and humility, his legacy will continue to live on in the hearts and minds of many.
We pray that his spirit may finally find eternal rest. What is your favorite recollection of the former president who passed away? Please share your thoughts with us in the following section.
By: Randy Osei Akoto