News of the demise of former General-Secretary of the United Nations, Kofi Annan has left several Ghanaians in a state of shock and misery
Reports indicate that the Ghanaian diplomat died this morning in Switzerland after a short illness and tributes are already pouring in from Ghanaians from all walks of life.
Kofi Annan was the 7th Secretary-General of the United Nations.
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 officeholder 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.
Kofi Atta Annan was born on 8 April 1938 in Kumasi, in the Ashanti region of Ghana.
Annan and the UN were the co-recipients of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize.
He is the founder and chairman of the Kofi Annan Foundation, as well as chairman of The Elders, an international organization founded by Nelson Mandela.
He died at age 80.
Below are some reactions from social media
The man whose speech alone was enough to end wars. Never uttered a wrong word
We Ghanaians truly put respect on this man’s name. This is a loss we may NEVER replace till thy kingdom come.
The former Secretary General of the United Nations Kofi Annan is dead.
Information gathered indicate that the former Ghanaian diplomat died in Switzerland on Thursday after a protracted illness.
Mr. Annan was the 7th Secretary-General of the United Nations.