Kofi Annan laid to rest ..as world leaders gather in Accra to pay last respect

Former United Nations Secretary General, Kofi Annan, has been laid to rest today at the new Military Cemetery at Burma Camp in Accra, after a 3-day state funeral held in his honour. 

World leaders, UN officials, Heads of State, members of the diplomatic corps, traditional leaders, the business community and almost 6,000 mourners graced the memorial service for the late diplomat, which was held at the Accra International Conference Centre.  

Speaking at the funeral, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, called the late UN boss a quintessential human being.

Antonio Gutierrez, current UN Secretary-General said of his predecessor: “He was one of a kind and one of us.” 

He urged all mourners to continue the good works of the late UN boss by paying heed to the words he speaks from behind us, as they go about their normal activities. “If we continue to lean in and listen hard, we will still hear the voice of Kofi Annan”, he said. 

Nane Maria Annan, in a touching tribute stated how her late husband always lits up when he returned to Ghana and that he had an irresistible aura of radiant warmth from a young age.

His daughter Ama also said, “My father was very special in my life.  He taught us to appreciate whatever we had whether good or bad because someone somewhere would wish to have it.”

The late Kofi Atta Annan and his twin sister Efua Atta Annan were born on 8th April, 1938 to Henry Reginald and Victoria Annan in Kumasi.

He began his career as a budget officer for the World Health Organisation (WHO) an agency of the United Nations (UN) in 1962 and then moved to be the manager of the Ghana Tourist Development Company from 1974-1976.

In 2001, its centennial year, the Nobel Peace Prize Committee awarded Kofi Annan the Noble Peace Prize. This was to be divided between the United Nations (UN) and the world organization’s Secretary-General.

The Anglican bishop of Kumasi, the Most Reverend Daniel Sarfo, said: “Today history is being made in Ghana. One of our illustrious sons is lying here. 

“But we are grateful that God used him over the years to work for humanity, for peace. Today, as he lies here, he has finished his work.”

 

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