Tributes to former UN chief, Kofi Annan have started pouring in. Africans joined the world to condole with the Annan family and celebrate the life and times of the Ghanaian diplomat who died early Saturday in Switzerland. He was 80.
It is with immense sadness that the Annan family and the Kofi Annan Foundation announce that Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations and Nobel Peace Laureate, passed away peacefully on Saturday 18th August after a short illness… pic.twitter.com/42nGOxmcPZ
— Kofi Annan (@KofiAnnan) August 18, 2018
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Annan was the was the first black African and the seventh secretary-general of the UN between 1997 and 2006 and won the Nobel peace prize for his humanitarian work.
Even after his time at the UN, Annan continued with his humanitarian work under his foundation, the Kofi Annan Foundation and the Elders, a group founded by Nelson Mandela. He was also part of the team that mediated for peace in Kenya after the 2007/2008 post-election violence and in 2016, he was the head of the UN commission to investigate the Rohingya crisis.
“Kofi Annan was a guiding force for good. It is with profound sadness that I learned of his passing.” – @antonioguterres
— UN Geneva (@UNGeneva) August 18, 2018
Kofi Annan was not just a great breaker of glass ceilings, he was a leader and a visionary, who worked to foster international cooperation and a more united world. pic.twitter.com/1MNSPhWuuR
— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) August 18, 2018
I have no words to express the shock and sorrow I experienced on learning about Kofi Annan’s passing. A remarkable leader and great human being, he will be sorely missed, particularly by fellow members of the @OneYoungWorld family. pic.twitter.com/l3cR15RKAe
— Prof Thuli Madonsela (@ThuliMadonsela3) August 18, 2018
We are deeply saddened by the passing of Africa’s finest diplomat, former United States Secretary General, Kofi Annan
— Economic Freedom Fighters (@EFFSouthAfrica) August 18, 2018
The sad news of the falling of yet another great African tree of wisdom @KofiAnnan reached me and brought about sadness … we worked well with him particularly as the Committee of 10 African Ministers as well as at the @_AfricanUnion … Hamba Kahle great son of the soil
— Dr Dlamini Zuma (@DlaminiZuma) August 18, 2018
“Sad to hear of the death of Kofi Annan. A great leader and reformer of the UN, he made a huge contribution to making the world he has left a better place than the one he was born into. My thoughts and condolences are with his family.” – PM @Theresa_May
— UK Prime Minister (@10DowningStreet) August 18, 2018
I wish to express my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mr Kofi Annan. His decease is a great loss for peace and freedom in the world. In Catalonia we will always remember his call for dialogue and negotiation with Spain through @TheElders pic.twitter.com/IW011tOf38
— Carles Puigdemont ? (@KRLS) August 18, 2018
Former U.N. Secretary and Nobel Peace Prize winner Kofi Annan has passed at age 80. The world needs visionaries of peace more than ever, and his life is an example of the possible. Thank you for your service to us all, sir. Rest now, in peace.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) August 18, 2018
— (((Jon Benjamin))) (@JonBenjamin19) August 18, 2018
TB: I’m shocked and distressed to hear the news about Kofi. He was a good friend whom I saw only weeks ago. Kofi Annan was a great diplomat, a true statesman and a wonderful colleague who was widely respected and will be greatly missed. My deepest sympathy to Nane and his family
— Tony Blair Institute (@InstituteGC) August 18, 2018
? Sad day for Africa & the World. Ghana has indeed lost an icon. Kofi Annan lived a life worth celebrating. A true inspiration to millions around the world, a man of peace & class.
And the greatest champion of the Mfantsipim dream. God keep your soul Sir ⚫️ pic.twitter.com/D6f8EyM9yJ
— MFANTSIPIM (@KwabotweOnline) August 18, 2018
A man of great dignity and humility has passed. Rest well Kofi Annan. pic.twitter.com/LSLLoLo4rR
— Kafui Dey (@KafuiDey) August 18, 2018
Black excellence is probably defined as Kofi Annan, he created a landscape for many aspiring shape shifters in politics. his diplomatic prowess and unmatched wisdom has led us today to say “rest in power” #KofiAnnan
— Inga Galeni (@qhayiya12) August 18, 2018
rest in peace to the great Kofi Annan and thank you for finding a power sharing formula after Kenya’s flawed presidential election in 2007, an intelligent intervention, impartial and headline-avoiding and for that we are forever grateful pic.twitter.com/R6vhWxQ0wX
— guiltmuseum (@herboldsoul) August 18, 2018
RIP..Mr. Kofi Annan??????.You were indeed a Great Man,a Leader and Visionary.??? pic.twitter.com/atvVJnq9Fw
— Reggie n Bollie (@ReggieNBollie) August 18, 2018
Our own Kofi Annan, the first Black (7th) Secretary-General of the United Nations, who served from 1997 to 2007 has passed away.
From Ghana, in 2001 he won the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize.
Rest in Perfect Peace to the great one! pic.twitter.com/LkXOfAIWNe
— Facts About Africa (@OnlyAfricaFacts) August 18, 2018
Deeply saddened by the passing of Kofi Annan. A man of courage, wisdom and vision who continuously worked for peace and a better tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/3HVgBhkfcw
— Ben Nutland (@BenNutland) August 18, 2018
Sad day for Africa & the World: Former UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan is dead.
Mr. Kofi Annan is reported to have died in the early hours of Saturday in Switzerland.
He was 80 years old.
— Saleh Shehu Ashaka (@AshakaSaleh) August 18, 2018
Deeply saddened by the passing away of Kofi Annan. One of the true global leaders of our age. A man of courage, wisdom and friendship. I’m honored to have had the privilege of working for him. pic.twitter.com/a9pTv0cdF1
— Carl Bildt (@carlbildt) August 18, 2018
Africa has indeed lost an icon. He lived a life worth celebrating nonetheless. He was an inspiration to millions, a champion of the African dream.
RIP Kofi Annan pic.twitter.com/yGlmvDuM7R
— Kelvin Odanz (@Kelvin_Odanz) August 18, 2018
Kenya and we Kenyans at Large will always be grateful to Kofi Annan. He helped restore peace and saved Kenya from what would have been the fall of our great Nation.February 28, 2008 Nairobi Kenya #RIPKofiAnnan pic.twitter.com/o5DaZCWFsw
— Lazooj (@Lazooj) August 18, 2018