Kofi Annan state burial held today in Ghana and here are photos from the event.
World dignitaries laid to rest former UN secretary general Kofi Annan in his native Ghana on Thursday, with calls to keep alive the legacy of a “stubborn optimist” to create a better, more peaceful world.
His widow Nane Maria led hundreds of mourners, including world leaders past and present, traditional rulers and global royalty, and called her husband an “extraordinary” person who had a “joy of life”.
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Annan died in August in Switzerland at age 80.
The grandson of tribal chiefs, he was the first black African to work as U.N. secretary-general and was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize.
Nane Maria Annan, his wife, had revealed that the late ex-Secretary General of the United Nations, died peacefully in his sleep.
Kofi Annan was sworn as the United Nations Secretary-Genral in 1997 and served till 2006.
He was awarded 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 contain the spreading of the HIV virus in Africa and his declared opposition to international terrorism