Published: Thu, September 13, 2018

How worldwide Diplomats showed up at Kofi Annan's funeral

How worldwide Diplomats showed up at Kofi Annan's funeral

Annan is survived by his wife Nane Maria, his children and grandchildren.

Some of the heads of state attending the funeral are President Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe, George Weah of Liberia, Alassane Ouattara of Cote d'Ivoire, Hage Geingob of Namibia and Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger.

She said her husband had an irresistible aura of radiant warmth.

The members of the patrilineal family also paid glowing tribute to their son amid tears.

Jennifer Asuako, a programme analyst with the United Nations in Ghana, said Annan was widely respected, humble and an inspiration to his colleagues.

Born in Kamasi, Ghana, on April 8, 1938, Annan was the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations, after Egyptian diplomat, Boutrous Boutrous-Ghali exit in December 1996, and served as for two consecutive five-year terms, from January 1997 to December 2006.

Traditional funeral rites were also performed by his matrilineal family from Akwamu led by Nana Ansah III, as well as the patrilineal family from Konongo, led by Otumfuo Tudwene Nana Brewua III.

As someone who worked with Kofi Annan, Guterres said he would continually be inspired by the integrity, dynamism and dedication exhibited by Annan, especially so when he now occupies the post Annan once held.

The first daughter of the late Kofi Annan has said their father was a good man and always welcoming to everyone he met.

According to him, he was openly opposed to the Convention Peoples" Party (CPP) administration led by Dr Kwame Nkrumah, adding that he was known in school as "Dombo" which meant "opposition'.

He explained that the title Busumuru, which is the name of the Golden Sword used by Asante kings to swear the oath of allegiance to the Asante kingdom at their coronation, was conferred on Mr Annan in recognition of his incredible work towards world peace.

He urged Ghanaian politicians to emulate the example of the late Kofi Annan by humbly serving the interest of the people.

Ahead of the burial, President Akufo-Addo, yesterday, directed that flags should fly at half-mast today across the country.

This will be preceded by filing past and paying of last respect by VVIPs only from 0730 to 0830 hours.

Annan's last journey was a climax of three days of mourning which saw thousands of Ghanaians file past his coffin as it lay in state in the capital, Accra.

After that, the body would be conveyed to the Burma Camp Military Cemetery for final interment.

President Akufo-Addo led a delegation of government officials to welcome the convoy at the Kotoka International Airport. One of our illustrious sons is lying here.

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