How Barbara Mahama ‘pushed’ slain soldier closer to God

In an emotionally filled tribute, Barbara Mahama, wife of slain soldier Major Maxwell Adam Mahama revealed how she compelled her late husband to draw closer to God.

“I am glad I forced you to pray, I am glad I pushed you hard to go the extra mile for God,” she narrated.

Barbara explained her intention was to make her husband a “man after God’s own heart” so that he would be able to “love and serve [Him] wholeheartedly.”

Former President John Dramani Mahama with Barbara Mahama

Major Adam Mahama was grisly murdered by some residents of the Denkyira-Obuasi in the Central Region last Monday after they claimed they mistook him for an armed robber. He was stoned and beaten and after he fell unconscious, the residents set him on fire.

The callous murder of the senior military officer has been roundly condemned by Ghanaians. At least 43 suspects are standing trial in connection with the murder.

But it appeared the couple knew about the imminent fate.

“It was as if I knew you would go soon because I always told you to read your Bible, pray, have a clean heart and forgive.”

Satisfied her husband is with the Lord, Barbara said she is glad she had to push her husband to go the extra mile to have a fellowship with God.

The message in Barbara’s tribute to her husband drives home what many marital homes are lacking today in the country – God.

Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia with Barbara Mahama and mother

It has become insufficient for people to go to church for the fun of it. They will have to do more and sacrifice more to know God – safety, money, and time.

The reason is that, “this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come” as written in Hebrews 13:14.

“I will safely keep your tithe card and show to the children one day,” Barbara said in recognition of her late husband’s devotion to the Gospel.

The brief period the young couples enjoyed were serenaded with love, life and happiness. They acknowledged the difficulties poverty poses and were prepared to break the jinx to succeed.

Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia with Barbara Mahama and mother

Barbara Mahama was apt when she said, “We had plans my king, many many plans.”

“I don’t regret many things, my love. You wanted us to enjoy life and be happy. We always joked about poverty being a disease since it restricts people,” she said.

They both cared for each other.

It helps to take a lesson or two from the way the couples went about their things.

Late Maxwell Adams Mahama sometimes went out of his means to provide a good life for the wife. He shouldered her when she was unemployed after graduating from the School of Communications at the University of Ghana.

Barbara Mahama said what counts in life is not how much anger we show towards others.

“This is a lesson to always love wholeheartedly while we have breath, choose love over strife, quarrels, jealousy, and backbiting,” she said.

“What at all do we want in this world that is not our home?” she quizzed.

As we go about our activities, let us be minded and do things that draw us closer to our maker instead of the reverse.


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  1. This is really a great lesson for the many Ghanaian women out there to emulate in order to keep their families together.

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