Ibrahim Mahama was born in Tibungu, a village in Northern Ghana. He had his secondary school education in the then Government Secondary School, Tamale from 1956 to 1962. In 1965, he received his L.L.B. Degree from the University of Ghana, having entered in 1962 to read law, and was called to the Ghana Bar as an attorney in 1966.
After practising law in his nation's capital, Accra, Mr. Mahama served in the government of the National Liberation Council as Commissioner for Forestry and then Commissioner for Information from 1967 to 1968. He was a Member of Parliament representing Tamale for from 1969 to 1972, and was a Presidential Candidate for the Social Democratic Front in Ghana's 1979 elections.
A member of the royal family of Dagbon Kingdom, the author in 1974 became Solicitor and Legal Adviser to the King, Ya-Na Yakubu II and served him until 2002.
The author includes among his hobbies swimming and reading.