Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Ghana's public says farewell to Kofi Annan

Ghana's public says farewell to Kofi Annan

The legacy of Kofi Annan, she said in a tribute at a state funeral service, will continue to live on "as he starts his long journey to eternity".

His son, Kojo, said his father had dedicated his life to the ideals of unity, equality, love, peace and respect.

Mr Akufo-Addo said history had vindicated Mr Annan, saying his "epic but unavailing effort to establish the supremacy of worldwide law over the actions of even the world's greatest power won him the admiration of all right-thinking persons".

Annan, a Ghanaian national and Nobel laureate, died on August 18 in a Swiss hospital at 80.

"He brought considerable renown to our country by his position and by his conduct and comportment", President Nana-Akufo Addo told mourners, who included UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and African leaders such as Liberian President George Weah and Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara.

Prof Atsu Ayee said the late Annan did his best to put Ghana on the world stage and also contributed immensely to world peace.

His coffin, draped in Ghanaian national colors, has since laid in state for public viewing ahead of the burial on Thursday.

"He moved every person, from shanty to palace, from impoverished streets to government enclaves, from a morning greeting from a member of the household, or a moment shared with a loved one, to negotiating worldwide peace", she said of her father.

"I'm grateful that we celebrated your 80th birthday in the fold of our attractive family and made wonderful memories, which will continue to give us strength", Nane, who married Kofi Annan in 1984, said in a calm voice. He was aged of 80.

He was widely credited for raising the world body's profile in global politics during his two terms in office, facing challenges including wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The grandson of tribal chiefs, he was the first black African to become the United Nations leader and was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize in 2001.

The UN chief described the late Annan as courageous, speaking truth to power while subjecting himself to intense self-scrutiny. "He gave his life to making peace where there was conflict, to defending the voiceless who were powerless, to promoting virtue where there was evil", he said.

Nonetheless, Annan maintained his stature in world diplomacy and in 2016 was appointed to head a United Nations commission to investigate the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar.

He acted as a negotiator between the government and the opposition in Kenya after post-election violence at the end of 2007, leading to the formation of the Grand Coalition government.

Others, who filed past Annan's body, included senior Ghanaian politicians and foreign dignitaries, among them African Union (AU) and United Nations officials.

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