10 major facts we gathered about late Kofi Annan

10 major facts we gathered about late Kofi Annan

The death of former UN Secretary of State, Kofi Annan, has sent shock waves to the entire world as tributes have poured in massively.

President of the republic, Nana Akufo-Addo, has paid tribute to the late Kofi Annan after his passing in Switzerland.

The president, describing Kofi Annan as one of Ghana's greatest compatriots, has directed that all national flags be flown at half-mast in honour of the president.

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"I have directed that, in his honour, Ghana’s national flag will fly at half-mast across the country and in all of Ghana’s diplomatic missions across the world, from Monday, 20th August 2018, for one week," the president has revealed.

Meanwhile, Joy News has revealed some 10 facts

1. He was born in Kumasi..

2. He grew up in Fanti New Town and Asokwa bungalow.

3. His dad was a former Ashanti regional minister.

4. He attended Asem Boys and KNUST.

5. He was staunch Kotoko FC fan.

6. His title Busumburu was conferred on him by Manhyia Palace.

7. As the UN Secretary General, he once visited iconic political activist Baffour Akoto at Asokwa bungalow in 2001.

8. Through assistance he sought from Kumasi Traditional Council..the long chieftaincy feud in Akwamu was brought to an end.

9. He still has family members living in Kumasi.

10. The last time he visited Kumasi was in 2017, during the funeral rites of the late Asantehemaa.

Meanwhile, the family of Kofi Annan has issued a statement confirming his death. The family stated that Kofi Annan "passed away peacefully on Saturday 18th August after a short illness. His wife Nane and their children Ama, Kojo and Nina were by his side during his last days."

"The family kindly requests privacy at this time of mourning. Arrangements to celebrate his remarkable life will be announced later," the statement noted.

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Kofi Annan is respected across the world as the force of peace and reconciliation. Kofi Atta Annan was a Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations from January 1997 to December 2006. Annan and the UN were the co-recipients of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize.

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