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First UN Black SG Kofi Annan is Dead

Kofi Annan, the first black African to become UN secretary-general, has died aged 80 in Switzerland, his aides say.

He “passed away peacefully on Saturday after a short illness”, the foundation named after him said on Saturday.

Annan served two terms as UN chief from 1997 to 2006, and was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for humanitarian work for his efforts.

He later served as the UN special envoy for Syria, leading efforts to find a peaceful solution to the conflict.

In a statement announcing his death, the Kofi Annan Foundation described him as a “global statesman and deeply committed internationalist who fought throughout his life for a fairer and more peaceful world”.

“Wherever there was suffering or need, he reached out and touched many people with his deep compassion and empathy. He selflessly placed others first, radiating genuine kindness, warmth and brilliance in all he did.”

The diplomat, who was originally from Ghana, had been living in Geneva for several years before his death.

He was awarded the Nobel Peace Price in 2001 for helping to revitalise the international body, during a period that coincided with the Iraq War and the HIV/Aids pandemic.

Kofi Annan described his greatest achievement as the Millennium Development Goals which – for the first time – set global targets on issues such as poverty and child mortality.

However, Mr Annan was not immune to criticism. His critics blamed him for the UN’s failure to halt the genocide in Rwanda in the 1990s when he was head of the organisation’s peacekeeping operations.

Later, after the US-led invasion of Iraq, he and his son were accused of being involved in the “oil for food scandal” that led some to call for his resignation, though he was later exonerated.

In an interview with the BBC’s HardTalk to mark his 80th birthday in April, Mr Annan acknowledged the UN’s shortcomings, saying it “can be improved, it is not perfect but if it didn’t exist you would have to create it”.

“I am a stubborn optimist, I was born an optimist and will remain an optimist,” he added.

Current UN chief Antonio Guterres has been leading the tributes to his predecessor, describing Mr Annan as “a guiding force for good”.

“In many ways, Kofi Annan was the United Nations. He rose through the ranks to lead the organisation into the new millennium with matchless dignity and determination,” he said in a statement.

72 Comments

  1. Barbu

    RIP BIG MAN WELL REMEMBER U SO GREATLY😢😢😢😢😢

  2. Moira

    Kofi! Go well man of our soil! You made us proud! You will always remain an icon for our generation to come! RIP.

  3. Kombe

    RIP great man you represented Africa wonderfuly

  4. Mr dundumwenze

    Touchable history,may your soul rest in peace.

  5. mambwe

    rip Kofi annan we will be remembering u for the work u shows.

  6. Andrew Monde

    RIP

    • Mr. K

      Great. Nkwame nkruma. Good by we will miss you but not forgetting you

  7. Dr. Jenkins OKOH

    Dad, we’ll miss you. Good NIGHT

  8. mark j

    Rip, you will be remembered

  9. Andrew musha

    May his srip

  10. Joshua Daimon Miti

    RIP great man.

  11. Tule

    Original Man… RIP

  12. Mr. K

    Greet nkwame nkrumah rip

  13. Phillimon chirwa

    RIP Chief You will be greatly remembered

  14. Ba pa Zed

    R.I.E.P big man . You have run your race .

  15. Leon

    R.I.E.P

  16. Milla

    P.I.E.P .our great man of our soil Africa.

  17. Ranger

    Condolences.

  18. Jay chelsea

    R.I.P MR ANNAN WE WILL MISS YOU AND REMEMBER GREAT THINGS YOU DID…..WE LOVE YOU……

  19. Razor

    MHSRIP

  20. Chosen

    Rest in peace big man , for you were our sense of pride. To the Ghanaians, Annan family and the UN Zambia morns with you!

  21. Morika

    RIP big man!! U will be honourably remembered Fellow mufilika!

  22. francis j banda

    mr kofi annani go well thanks for your work that you done

  23. francis j banda

    mr kofi annan go well thanks for your work that you done

  24. patson

    R.I.P papa

  25. ERECTED MALETE KINGI?

    Rest in peace man. My regards to Levy man.

  26. K .w.

    Sleep bell! may your works speak for you.

  27. K.w.

    Sleep well, may your works speak for you.

    Sleep well, may your works speak for your.

  28. William simwaka

    Rip big man

  29. Chisenga

    I THOUGHT BOUTROS BOUTROS GHALI FROM EGYPT WAS THE FIRST BLACK MAN FROM AFRICA TO HEAD THE UN. ZR MUST CHECK THEIR FACTS.

    • abilima

      Chisenga – Boutros Boutros Ghali was not black, he was Arab though African.

  30. Lawrence

    M.H.S.R.I.P

  31. Anthony chitefu

    MYSRIP

  32. Daniel Chonde

    R.I.E.P. great son of Africa. Your footprint you have left will ever remind us of your love for our mother Africa, and the World at large.

    • Son of Africa

      Mr Annan,your good run will always remind us as Africans that you are a true son of Africa and the world.

  33. Kasongo

    RIP Sir will always remember you for the good work you did for us .!!

  34. natulumuka

    so ine at first nacitina thinkng ati limbi niba MOPAO MOKONZI ine ati whaaaat olomide ukufwa?kanshi niba anann awe batatala ngakufikonkafye bwino…kaili ni game 70years de bible has made it clear then mu extra time tebengi bengisha.

  35. Cyrus livermore camstar clc

    May your sour rest in peace unforgatable worrior

  36. ABU

    Rip mhan

  37. Bruno mars the moonshine jungle master

    So sad

  38. Bs

    R I E P, you fourty the race perfectly. Mr Kofi Annan

  39. Brian BBC mweemba

    R . I. p big man.

  40. SAMBAULU BJAY

    WE SHOULD ALWAYS BE REMEMBERING GREAT MEN LIKE THIS ONE CONDOLESENCE AFRICA .MAY HIZ SOUL REST IN INTERNAL PEACE

  41. Fackson lungu

    Your trust, honest, love and hamble will not fade away , we will lest forever and will never forget your good job you have done for Africa last in peace.

  42. Joe

    RIP PAPA we will be missing you

  43. mr nice

    RIp

  44. Daniel

    I will not forget what you did to our nation
    May your soul rest in peace
    See you in next life
    We shall meet again

  45. ben shaft

    A towering figure in world politics .Rest In Peace,Koffi Annan.You ran a good race.

  46. Mr. T

    I will always remember you father for all. M.Y.S.R.I.P😢

  47. MWENYA GILBERT

    what a spirit to embrace from him as young african, we shal remember u as one of our african heroes,pafwa bantu pashala bantu,may yo soul rest in peace.

  48. Dr love

    Mhsrip

  49. uncle sam

    necked we came and necked we shall return!! thank you for the good fight that u fought and for the race that ran!! m.h.s.r.i.p you will be greatly missed.

  50. King Gerald

    He will be greatly missed by the human race, rest in peace peace.

  51. FGM

    UN has been presided by two sons of Africa; Galli and Anan . But it should be noted that Gali was an Arab while Anan was black. MHSRIP.

  52. Truth man

    An inspiration to both the old and young people of AFRICA. We shall always cherish your good works for mankind.You have contributed to our good history in Africa. M.Y.S.R.I.P.

  53. Unknown

    Great man indeed! We will forever miss u . RIP.

  54. talalamusonda

    Rest in peace we have lost a great son of Ghana and Africa it
    We have lost a great son of Africa and Ghana. Mr Annan will remembered for the works he did for humanity. May God’s comfort be with the Annan family during this trying moment.

  55. KLVN

    My condolences to kofi anani’s family. Great men’s name never die.

  56. Chewe

    RIP mr,…..

  57. Cr7

    R.i.p big man …i once wrote your name in my exam papaer

  58. Dr. Zimba Emmanuel.

    Rest in peace.

  59. Joyce Zimba.

    Rest in peace

  60. Moonga

    Farewell sir kofi! Your good deeds will follow you

  61. DAIRY TEMBER

    rest in peace papa

  62. Ellias munyeme

    RIP BIG MAN,VERY SORRY INDEED

  63. shu shu shu

    Kofi Annan proper leader not the HH style that wants to impose it’s self on the people of Zambia. Rest in peace young nigger there is a heaven for OGs

  64. anxious bwalya

    RIP BIG MAN MANY YOU REST IN PEACE

  65. Sage

    M.h.s.r.I.p

  66. hello

    People lik he Will read the comments…anyway r.I.p

  67. Alfred sampa

    Rest in piece man will be missing

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