Obit: Ghanaian Kofi Anan, former UN’s Secretary-General passes on at 80 – Tola Adenle

August 18, 2018

Africa, World



Kofi Anan  []


The death of Kofi Anan in Switzerland has been announced by his family and the Kofi Anan Foundation.

Anan had a long career at the UN which he joined in 1962 first from the Geneva-based World Health Organization (WHO), and rose through the ranks, holding senior positions, including the UN’s Peacekeeping Force before succeeding the first African Secretary-General, Egyptian Boutros Boutros-Ghali in January 1997, a position that he held for two five-year terms.

Kofi Anan was one of those present at the 1997 meetings at Nigeria’s capital, Abuja where the late MKO asked after Boutros Boutros-Ghali before being informed that it was another African who was the new Secretary-General. Nigerians had hoped it would be a negotiation that would end the incarceration of MKO Abiola who had won the freest and fairest of Nigerian elections (1992) only to end up in jail by Nigeria’s evil leader, General Abacha. The UN’s Secretary-General, a representative of President Clinton Administration, Ms. Rice as well as a few high-ranking Nigerian officials were present when MKO suddenly collapsed and died after drinking tea served him at a gathering that was thought to be MKO’s final hurdle to freedom and the claiming of his mandate.

Anan, 80 years old, was first married to Titi Alakija from Nigeria’s famous Alakija family for eighteen years, a union that produced two children. He is also survived by Nane Lagergren, a Swede, to whom he was married from 1984 to his death.

Anan received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001.

May the soul of this great son of Africa and world diplomat rest in peace.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 18, 2018. 6:12 P.M.[GMT].

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2 Comments on “Obit: Ghanaian Kofi Anan, former UN’s Secretary-General passes on at 80 – Tola Adenle”

  1. Teslim Opemipo Omipidan Says:

    Africa has lost a legend! I have read a lot about Kofi Anan in textbooks and newspapers. As at the time I sat for my WAEC, I knew almost everything about his public life. He was indeed a great man. Rest in peace, Kofi. Thanks for this insightful post, Mrs Tola Adenle. Don’t stop shining.



    • emotan77 Says:

      Dear Ope,

      Thanks for this.

      A truely great son of Africa, and one whose legacy is a shinning example to all and who should be a great inspiration to you ger generations to come.




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