Ghana Declares One-Week Mourning For Kofi Anan

Kofi Annan
Kofi Annan

Ghana’s President, Nana Akufo-Addo, Saturday, declared a one-week mourning to pay homage to former UN Secretary-General and Nobel laureate, Kofi Annan.

In a statement, Akuffo-Addo described Annan as a “consummate” diplomat, and noted that Ghana was “deeply saddened” by news of his death in Switzerland on Saturday after a short illness.

Born in Kumasi, the capital city of Ghana’s Ashanti region, Annan became the first black head of the United Nations.

“I have directed that, in his honour, Ghana’s national flag will fly at half-mast across the country and in all of Ghana’s diplomatic missions across the world” for one week from Monday, Akufo-Addo said.

“He brought considerable renown to our country by this position and through his conduct and comportment in the global arena,” Akufo-Addo said.

“He was an ardent believer in the capacity of the Ghanaian to chart his or her own course on to the path of progress and prosperity.”