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.
Many people across the world have also extolled the late Kofi Annan.
YEN.com.gh has chosen to celebrate the Ghanaian statesman and international diplomat with this list of the most important dates (moments) in his life.
1. 1938: (Birth)
He was born in Kumasi and christened Kofi Atta Annan.
2. 1954/1958 (Starts secondary/tertiary education):
After completing his basic education at the Asem Boys in Kumasi, Kofi Annan entered the Mfantsipim School for his secondary education. He completed Mfantsipim in 1957, the same year Ghana gained independence.
He proceeded to the Kumasi College of Science and Technology, now the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), to study Economics.
3. 1962 (Started his career at UN):
Kofi Annan began his career with the United Nations (UN) starting as a Budget Officer for the World Health Organization.
4. 1965 (Marries for the first time):
He married Titi Alakija, a Nigerian woman with who he had a daughter, Ama, and later a son, Kojo. The couple divorced in 1983 after separating in the late 1970s.
5. 1984 (Marries for the second time):
A year after officially divorcing the mother of his children, Kofi Annan married Nane Annan (nee Lagergren), a Swedish lawyer at the UN.
6. 1987 (Appointed as Assistant Secretary general for the first time):
After holding many administrative positions at the UN Secretariat, Annan got his first appointment as Assistant Secretary-General of the UN serving as the Human Resources, Management and Security Coordinator (1987–1990).
He later served as the Assistant Secretary General for Program Planning, Budget and Finance, and Controller (1990–1992); and Peacekeeping Operations (March 1993 – December 1996).
7. 1991 (Twin sister dies):
Annan was born a twin and his twin sister, Efua Atta Annan, passed away in 1991.
8. 1997 (Begins work as UN Secretary General):
After excelling as an Assistant Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations, Kofi Annan was voted as the UN Secretary General in December 1996 starting his first term on January 1, 1997.
He thus became the first ever Secretary General office to be elected from the UN staff itself.
9. 2001 (Nobel Peace Prize/Renewal of his term):
In its centennial year in 2001, the Nobel Committee decided that the Peace Prize was to be divided between the UN and Annan.
Annan was finally given the Peace Prize for having revitalized the UN and for having given priority to human rights. The Nobel Committee also recognized his commitment to the struggle to containing the spread of HIV in Africa and his declared opposition to international terrorism.
In the same year, the Security Council recommended Annan for a second term on June 27 and the General Assembly approved his reappointment on June 29.
10. 2006 (Ended two terms as UN Secretary General):
Annan stepped down on December 31 after serving two terms as UN Secretary General and was replaced by Ban Ki-Moon.
11. 2007 (Founded Kofi Annan Foundation):
A year after stepping down, Annan established the Kofi Annan Foundation, an independent, not-for-profit organization that works to promote better global governance and strengthen the capacities of people and countries to achieve a fairer, more peaceful world.
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