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John Dramani Mahama's first book, a memoir called My First Coup d'État and Other True Stories From the Lost Decades of Africa , was published by Bloomsbury on 3 July 2012.     The most promising son of an affluent government minister, he spends his childhood shuttling in his father's chauffeur -driven cars, from his elite boarding school Achimota School in Accra to his many homes . He recalls in its first chapter the day in 1966 when he learned of the ousting of Ghana's founding president, Kwame Nkrumah , in a military coup: "When I look back on my life it's clear to me that this moment marked the awakening of my consciousness. It changed my life and influenced all the moments that followed."