The late former UN secretary General, Kofi Annan has been laid to rest in his home country Ghana. A private burial ceremony was held after a well-attended funeral service on Thursday.
The funeral service in the capital Accra was attended by UN Secretary General, Antonio Gutteres and Ivorian President Alassane Ouatarra.
President George Weah of Liberia and Ghana’s President, Nana Akufo Addo were also among other world leaders who attended.
Tributes were paid to Mr. Annan who grew up in Ghana’s Ashanti region before heading abroad for further studies.
He studied international relations and joined the United nations, rising through to become the first black African to head the global body.
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Mr. Annan was appointed the UN Secretary-General in 1996 and secured a second term in 2001, exiting the position in 2007.
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He was 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.
To Kofi Annan, indifference was the world’s worst poison.
Even after finishing his term as Secretary-General, he never stopped battling on the front-lines of diplomacy, @antonioguterres at memorial service for Kofi Annan. #RIPKofiAnnan pic.twitter.com/HefcI5Rafx
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The Ghanaian diplomat also played key roles on the African continent helping to resolve political conflicts in countries such as Zimbabwe.
Mr. Annan died in a Swiss hospital last month at the age of 80.
His funeral was held for three days and was well attended by Ghanaians. He was buried at the country’s military ceremony in a private burial service.