State Funeral it is for former United Nations secretary general Kofi Annan, the Ghanaian president Nana Akufo-Addo said on Friday, calling it “a major event for our country”.
The burial is scheduled for September 13
“Kofi Annan was one of the most illustrious people of this generation. He was like an elderly brother,” Akufo-Addo said.
He added: “It’s going to be a major event for our country… I expect many leaders to be present,” he said, adding that he would be buried in Accra’s new military cemetery.
Akufo-Addo further announced a week of mourning for “one of our greatest compatriots”.
Born in Kumasi, the capital city of Ghana’s Ashanti region, Annan devoted four decades of his working life to the UN and was the first chief from sub-Saharan Africa.
The first chief to rise from within the organisation’s ranks, Annan left the post as one of the most popular UN leaders ever, and was considered a “diplomatic rock star” in international diplomatic circles.
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