Kofi Annan arrived to a joyous welcome after appointment in 1997

Kofi Annan arrived to a joyous welcome after appointment in 1997

- As reported, Kofi Annan died in his sleep according to his wife

- In 1997 when he was appointed to the top job, he was given a state welcome

The death has been reported of probably the most iconic Ghanaian in the last three decades, Kofi Annan. The former United Nations (UN) secretary-general was a huge figure in international diplomacy right until his untimely death.

He was appointed to the UN's top job in 1997 becoming the first ever black African to occupy the position. Indeed, he succeeded the first African who occupied the post, Egyptian diplomat Boutros-Boutros Ghali.

When Mr Annan was given the top job in 1997, this was greeted with so much delight in his native Ghana. The government then, headed by Jerry John Rawlings, organised a state welcome for Annan.

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Ministers such Dr Mohammed Ibn Chambas and Victor James Gbeho were at the airport to welcome Mr Annan. He the proceeded to meet President Rawlings at the Osu Castle.

Back in 1997, very few expected him to become the well-respected man he was till death. But according to German television network DW, Kofi Annan came to embody the modern version of the UN.

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World leaders from presidents to heads of multinational corporations have paid tribute to Mr Annan. Surprisingly, it was the US Department of State (foreign affairs ministry) which was most late in its tribute among the major nations of the UN.

His wife, Nane Maria, said Mr Annan died peacefully in his sleep. The tails of his burial and funeral have so far not been disclosed.

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Source: Yen.com.gh

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