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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Former UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan is dead.

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Kofi Annan is reported to have died in the early hours of Saturday in Switzerland. He was 80 years old. Kofi Annan served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations from January 1997 to December 2006.

Kofi Annan was born in the Kofandros section of Kumasi in the Gold Coast (now Ghana) on 8 April 1938. His twin sister Efua Atta, who died in 1991.
In 1965, Kofi Annan married Titi Alakija, a Nigerian woman from an aristocratic family. Several years later they had a daughter, Ama, and later a son, Kojo.

The couple separated in the late 1970s and divorced in 1983. In 1984, Annan married Nane Maria Lagergren, a Swedish lawyer at the U.N and a maternal half-niece of Raoul Wallenberg . Mr. Annan also had a loyal and long-serving

chauffeur John Miller (Mr. Miller) who remained a close friend and confidant to Kofi (until Annan’s death)
and his son Kojo.
Annan went on to study economics at Macalester College , international relations from the Graduate Institute Geneva and management at MIT . Annan joined the UN in 1962, working for the World Health Organization's Geneva office. He went on to work in several capacities at the UN Headquarters including serving as the Under-Secretary-General for peacekeeping between March 1992 and December 1996. He was appointed as the Secretary-General on 13 December 1996 by the Security Council , and later confirmed by the General Assembly, making him the first office holder to be elected from the UN staff itself. He was re-elected for a second term in 2001, and was succeeded as Secretary-General by Ban Ki-moon on 1 January 2007.
As the Secretary-General, Annan reformed the UN bureaucracy; worked to combat HIV , especially in Africa; and launched the UN Global Compact .
Annan died on 18 August 2018, aged 80.

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Endy Edeson

@Mud'd. Amen. We are all humans and come short of his glory. @Sola & Kemisola: Sure he was. Amen

Browayson John Sr.

Wow!.. An iconic hero of Africa has left us!
RIP Sir kofi Annan, the UN, Africa & the world will greatly miss you Sir!

Amaka Miracle

May his soul rest in peace

Endy Edeson

@John: That's true, he has done a lot but he would still have contributed more at 80 . @Amaka: Amen

Shola Afolabi

What a man! Sleep well, great one..

Theophilus Ofonghor

Adieu PA's a great lose to Africa continent and the world at large.RIP Kofi.

Utazi George Onyemaechi

another mandana of africa

Creo Fredmacs

Another strong pillar collapsed.

Joy Eyakeno Joseph

Wow! Great Hero Rest in peace!
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