UG opens photo exhibition in honour of Kofi Annan

Tuesday 11th September, 2018

By Robert Anane, GNA

Accra, Sept. 11, GNA - The University of Ghana has opened a Photo Exhibition, in honour of Mr. Kofi Annan, Former United Nations (UN) Secretary General, who passed on August 18, this year.

The exhibition, at the Balm Library of the university, features highlights of Mr. Annan's endeavours, such as his swearing in as the UN Secretary General and a number of others.

Professor Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, Vice Chancellor of the University, who cut the tape to open the exhibition said, Mr. Annan, besides his public exploits, was an unassuming gentleman, who made a strong positive impact on people, organisations and institutions he came across.

He said Mr. Annan, who served as Chancellor of the University of Ghana, from 2008 to 2018, was instrumental in bringing in funds for a number of projects, at the university, along-side other achievements.

The Vice Chancellor said it was only right to give such a personality the honours due him.

The week long exhibition, with support from the UN, would be opened to the public during working hours and would end on Friday.

Mr. Annan, who served as the seventh Secretary General of the UN from 1997 to 2006, died in Bern, Switzerland, after a short illness, at the age of 80.

The mortal remains of Kofi Annan is expected in Ghana on Monday, for the start of his State Funeral, which would last for three days.

His three day state funeral would begin on Tuesday, September 11, with a private burial on Thursday, September 13.

Kofi Annan was devoted to humanitarian services and global peace, initiating the Millennium Development Goals to minimise poverty around the world.

He attended Mfantsipim School, a Methodist Boarding School, from 1954 to 1957.

He enrolled at Kumasi College of Science and Technology in 1958 for a degree in Economics and then undertook Graduate Studies in Economics at the Institute Universitaire Desautes Studes Internationales in Geneva, Switzerland, from 1961 to 1962.

On his retirement as Secretary-General of the UN, Kofi Annan founded the Kofi Annan Foundation to continue with his dream for a better world.

Mr Kofi Annan and the UN were the co-recipients of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize.

He was survived by his wife, Nane, and three children.

The Ghana-India Kofi Annan ICT Centre in Accra, which trains young Ghanaians in ICT technology, and the Kofi Annan Peace-Keeping and Training Centre, a regional hub that trains peacekeepers and security personnel from the world over, are some of the institutions that are named after the man, who lived his life pursuing the general well-being of the people of the world, especially, the vulnerable and the marginalised.

GNA