The body of the late former Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan arrived in Ghana’s capital Accra on Monday.
Series of funeral rites are now expected to take place for the Ghanaian diplomat whose body was flown into Ghana from Switzerland.
The plane carrying the remains landed in at the Kotoka International Airport at 5: 30 pm local time. It was accompanied by Kofi Annan’s wife Nane Maria Annan and some family members.
Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo and other government officials were at the airport to welcome them.
The government says there will be public viewing of Mr. Kofi Annan’s body on Tuesday and Wednesday before a state burial service on Thursday.
UN officials, Heads of State, Diplomatic delegations and the general public will be attending this service. There will be a private burial for him at the Military Cemetery in Accra.
The late Kofi Annan begins his journey home. RIP Sir ????
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— Pulse Ghana (@PulseGhana) September 10, 2018
Kofi Annan as global diplomat
Mr. Annan was appointed the UN Secretary-General in 1996. He became the first to be elected from the UN staff itself.
Remembering Kofi Annan: the casket of the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations left Geneva today for the state funeral in Ghana, which will take place on 13 September. pic.twitter.com/WSJe2FVtvO
— UN Geneva (@UNGeneva) September 10, 2018
He was re-elected for a second term in 2001 and awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for his humanitarian work.
Mr. Annan also served as the UN special envoy for Syria, leading efforts to find a solution to the conflict.
The Ghanaian diplomat also played key roles on the African continent helping to resolve political conflicts in countries such as Zimbabwe.
Celebration of life || Kofi Annan.
Burial service happens this Thursday 13th, 2018 at the Accra International Conference centre Auditorium.
.#ripkofiannan #ghananews #un #africa #ghana #kofiannan #mediaguidegh #mggh pic.twitter.com/EVreqbVTkG
— MediaGuide.GH (@mediaguidegh) September 10, 2018
A truely moving ceremony at Kotoka International Airport this evening to welcome the casket with former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. Arriving from Switzerland draped in the flag of the UN it left the airport under the Ghana ?? flag. A hero to the world & Ghana. pic.twitter.com/UmC23LJjGV
— Andrew Barnes (@AusAmbGHA) September 10, 2018