Ghana's flags fly at Half-mast as dignitaries attend Kofi Annan's funeral

Elias Hubbard
September 13, 2018

The ordinary citizens, who visited the Accra International Conference Centre hoping to see Mr Annan's face for the last time as they paid their last respects, were left saddened by the turn of events.

Deputy Information Minister Pius Enam Hadzide explained in an interview with Class News that Mr Annan's wish was to have a modest funeral.

"He has left an indelible landmark, which would be hard to fill", Prof Atsu Ayee remarked in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, after paying his respects to him at the start of the three-day State Funeral, at the Accra International Conference Centre.

Former ministers of state, Members of the diplomatic corps, Members of Parliament, Ministers of state, Members of the Council of State, Members of the Mfantsipim Old Boys Association, Chiefs and Queen mothers are expected to pay their last respect to the global icon.

Kofi Annan has been laid to rest in his native Ghana as world leaders paid tributes to the former United Nations secretary-general with calls to keep alive the legacy of a "stubborn optimist" to create a better, more peaceful world.

Mr Annan's maternal grandfather is from Akwamu while the father is from the Ashanti Region. The world has lost a standard-bearer of global cooperation. "May God rest his soul in peace", the Bungoma Senator told the Senate on Tuesday and asked members to observe a minute's silence for Dr Annan.

A former Chief of Staff under President J.A. Kufuor, Mr Kojo Mpiani, espoused Mr Annan as a humble and peaceful personality who would be missed by all.

Prof Atsu Ayee said the late Annan did his best to put Ghana on the world stage and also contributed immensely to world peace.

She expressed sadness at his passing but praised the late diplomat for his vast service to humanity.

Born in Kumasi, the capital of Ghana's Ashanti region, Annan devoted four decades of his working life to the United Nations, and was known for bringing quiet charisma to the role.

Busumuru is one of the swords attached to the monarch's Golden Stool, or throne.

Giving the significance of the sword, he said, it was fitting that Mr Annan became the first to be granted the title since the foundation of the Asante kingdom.

A billboard featuring Kofi Annan is displayed at the entrance of Accra International Conference Centre in Accra.

"Busumuru continued to use diplomacy and advocacy to espouse causes, beneficial to the world in variety of fields with great passion and dedication, thus becoming one indispensable world leader and a moral compass of the world", he stated.

One mourner, Fritz Kitcher, who spent his career working in human rights for the United Nations in Geneva, said he had seen Annan rise through the ranks.

He further expressed his condolences to the wife, Nane, children, extended family, the Akwamu Stool and the entire country and the world.

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