Kofi Atta Annan: Ghana’s illustrious son goes home today

Accra, Sept. 13, GNA - The mortal remains of Kofi Atta Annan, the Seventh United Nations Secretary-General, would the interred at the new Military Cemetery at Burma Camp, on Thursday, after it is all said and done at a funeral service to climax three days of national mourning.

Many heads of State and representatives of Government, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, and many other dignitaries are joining President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the people of Ghana to bid a befitting farewell to him.      

Since Mr Annan’s passing on August 18, ceaseless tributes have poured in, invariably appreciating his services as a peace broker and humanitarialist, which had impacted family, community, nations across the globe.

There is so much indication that the ‘humble strong man’ was dearly loved at home just as he was abroad.

Mr Michel Sidebe, Executive Director of UNAIDS, sums it all up in a tribute, which described Kofi Annan, as a “shining light of Africa who has left behind millions and millions of blazing bright spots in every corner of the world.

“An African at heart, a global citizen in truth, Kofi Annan symbolised the best of humanity. As United Nations Secretary General, his contributions to society spanned across continent and covered multiple issues. He was a rabble rouser, trouble-shooter, change-maker-all combined in one”.

The Asantehene, Osei Tutu II, in his tribute, described him “as an embodiment of peace, an indispensable world leader, and a moral compass of the world.”

Mr Annan’s extended family, in their tribute asserts: “It is gratifying to note that in whatsoever capacity he found himself, even as an ordinary member of the family, Kofi Atta performed his duties with distinction and low key humility. His deep and abiding faith in humility remained the pivot of his life up until his death.

“As a person, he abhorred greed and arrogance, vain pride and exploitation. He could have used his position to amass personal wealth but he resisted the temptation and remained a simple man.

 “Those who were privileged to be associated with him pay glowing testimony to his sterling quality. He was firm and he loved to fight for justice”.

For the University of Ghana, which he served as a chancellor for 10 years: “Mr. Kofi Annan was a strong tower and worthy vessel from which the University drew a lot of wisdom and inspiration.

“He took a strong interest in the University’s activities, and provided a strong backbone during some of the turbulent times of the University. Mr. Annan called frequently to check on the state of the University, and regularly assured us of his unflinching support.”

And for the students of Fettehman Senior High School, which he initiated and supported to thrive, they will sorely miss the benefactor who was funding the education of many of them and inspiring them to achieve many laurels in all the disciplines of life.

Kofi Annan established many organisations to promote peace and betterment of the vulnerable across the globe, including the Kofi Annan Foundation, Africa Progress Panel, Global Commission on Elections, Democracy and Security and Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa.

He mainly used diplomacy, shuttle mediation and advocacy to espouse causes beneficial to the world in variety of fields with great passion and dedication.

Mr Annan passed away peacefully in the Swiss city of Bern after a brief illness. He was aged 80.

He was the UN Secretary-General from January 1997 to 2006, leading a number of reforms at the global body.

He successfully negotiated peace deals in many countries plagued with conflicts and wars.

In 2001, he was co-recipient of the Noble Peace Price with the UN.

Upon his retirement from UN, he was appointed as a special envoy to Syria and led UN Commission to negotiate for peace during the Rohingya crisis in September 2016.

He was survived by a wife, Nane Maria Lagergren, and three children, Kojo, Ama and Nina.


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Published: 2018-09-13 07:55:39
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