Maame as she was popularly called, hailed from Kpasenkpe, a town in the West Mamprusi District in the North East region of Ghana. Hajia Mariama was one of the first Northern female students to gain admission into the prestigious Wesley Girls’ School in Cape Coast in the Central Region.
She got married to Alhaji Mumuni Bawumia (late) who was a teacher, lawyer, politician and a Mamprugu Royal and Chief of the Kperiga Traditional Area. The late Hajia Bawumia was a mother of five children, including Dr. Mamudu Bawumia, the vice president of Ghana.
They say behind every successful man, there is a woman. Hajia Bawumia was not only a mother but a supportive wife too. Her support to the husband was seen in the success story of her husband, Alhaji Mumuni Bawumia who served under various Ghanaian governments in various capacities, including member of the Northern Territories Council, the Gold Coast Legislative Assembly, a Member of Parliament (MP)of the First Republic, Northern Regional Minister, Ambassador to Saudi Arabia and membership of the Order of the Star of Ghana in March 1999.
Alhaji Mumuni Bawumia was also a founding member of the Northern Peoples’ Party which was later merged with the National Liberation Movement and other opposition political parties to form the United Party, currently the New Patriotic Party.
On the occasion of Hajia Mariama’s 80th birthday, Dr Bawumia described her in a Facebook post as the pillar of his life. “I always thank the Almighty God for giving me such a caring and supportive mother. She has always been there for us. The pillar,” he said in that post.
On Monday, September 13, 2021, the Office of the Vice president announced in a Facebook post, the demise of Hajia Mariama Bawumia in Accra after a short illness.