Today In History: Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan Is Dead
Former United Nations General Secretary, Dr. Kofi Annan died on August 18, 2018, in Switzerland.
His death was announced by his foundation the Kofi Annan Foundation.
Read the news report announcing the death of Dr. Kofi Annan in 2018 below:
Former United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan is reported dead.
He is said to have died in Switzerland, Saturday morning after a short illness.
“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…” the Kofi Annan Foundation in a tweet said.
He was 80.
Kofi Atta Annan was born in Kumasi on April 8, 1938. Since 1960 Ghana has been a republic within the British Commonwealth, a group of nations dependent on Great Britain. Named for an African empire along the Niger River, Ghana was ruled by Great Britain for 113 years as the Gold Coast. Annan is descended from tribal chiefs on both sides of his family. His father was an educated man, and Annan became accustomed to both traditional and modern ways of life. He has described himself as being “atribal in a tribal world.”
After receiving his early education at a leading boarding school in Ghana, Annan attended the College of Science and Technology in the capital of Kumasi. At the age of twenty, he won a Ford Foundation scholarship for undergraduate studies at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he studied economics. Even then he was showing signs of becoming a diplomat, or someone skilled in international relations. Annan received his bachelor’s degree in economics in 1961. Shortly after completing his studies at Macalester College, Annan headed for Geneva, Switzerland, where he attended graduate classes in economics at the Institut Universitaire des Hautes Etudes Internationales.
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
Following his graduate studies in Geneva, Annan joined the staff of the World Health Organization (WHO), a branch of the United Nations. He served as an administrative officer and as a budget officer in Geneva. Later UN posts took him to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and New York City, New York. Annan always assumed that he would return to his native land after college, although he was disturbed by the unrest and numerous changes of government that occurred there during the 1970s.
Annan became the Alfred P. Sloan fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At the end of his fellowship in 1972, he was awarded a master of science degree in management. Rather than return to Ghana upon graduation, he accepted a position at the UN headquarters in New York City.
Work with the UN
In 1974 he moved to Cairo, Egypt, as a chief civilian personnel officer in the UN Emergency Force. Annan briefly changed careers in 1974 when he left the United Nations to serve as managing director of the Ghana Tourist Development Company.
Annan returned to international diplomacy and the United Nations in 1976. For the next seven years, he was associated with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva. He returned to the UN headquarters in New York City in 1983 as director of the budget in the financial services office. Later in the 1980s, he filled the post of assistant secretary-general in the Office of Human Resources Management and served as security coordinator for the United Nations. In 1990, he became assistant secretary-general for another department at the United Nations, the Office of Program Planning, Budget, and Finance. In fulfilling his duties to the United Nations, Annan has spent most of his adult life in the United States, specifically at the UN headquarters in New York City.
Annan had by this time filled a number of roles at the United Nations, ranging from peacekeeping to managerial, and the 1990s were no different. In 1990 he negotiated the release of hostages in Iraq following the invasion of Kuwait. Five years later, he oversaw the transition of the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR) to the multinational Implementation Force (IFOR), a UN peacekeeping organization. In this transfer of responsibility, operations in the former Yugoslavia were turned over to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
Kofi Annan with children at the Mayoral Palace while on official visit in Chile
In recognition of his abilities, Annan was appointed secretary-general, the top post of the UN, by the UN General Assembly in December 1996. He began serving his four-year term of office on January 1, 1997. Joining him was his second wife, former lawyer Nane Lagergren of Sweden. She is the niece of the diplomat Raoul Wallenberg (1912–c.1947), who saved thousands of European Jews from the German Nazis during World War II (1939–45), when American-led forces fought against Germany, Italy, and Japan. Annan and Lagergren were married in 1985. The couple has one child.
Annan in a new world
Annan’s code of soft-spoken diplomacy was given a boost by the outcome of his talks with Saddam Hussein in 1998. UN observers wait to see how additional crises will be handled by the gentle but determined man from Ghana.
In the summer of 2001, the United Nations unanimously appointed Kofi Annan to his second five-year term as secretary-general. On October 12, 2001, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded jointly to the United Nations and Kofi Annan. The Nobel citation pointed out that Annan had brought new life to the peacekeeping organization, highlighted the United Nations’s fight for civil rights, and boldly taken on the new challenges of terrorism and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS; a disease of the immune system).
The Mysterious Spiritual Side Of Kwame Nkrumah You May Not Have Known About
The Mysterious Spiritual Side Of Kwame Nkrumah You May Not Have Known About
There’s an interesting narrative surrounding the birth and childhood of Ghana’s first President, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.
Undoubtedly, Dr. Nkrumah’s role in establishing Ghana as an independent country free from the control of British Colonial rule cannot be understated.
With his Pan-Africanism ideals, he fought for the liberation of Ghana, together with 5 others; Ebenezer Ako-Adjei, Edward Akufo-Addo, Joseph Boakye Danquah, Emmanuel Obetsebi-Lamptey and William Ofori-Attamaking.
This made Ghana the first country on the continent to gain independence from colonial rule. Beyond this, he went on to spearhead the liberation of other African Countries from colonial rule.
All over the world, he is still remembered for his Pan-Africanism and political works but beyond that, Nkrumah had a fascinating side according to oral history, one that portrayed him as an exceptional man with somewhat supernatural abilities.
In his hometown; Nkroful, many stories have been told about the man who was recognized as rather unique right from birth.
According to history, Nkrumah, was born on a Saturday, September 21, 1909, to their mother, Elizabeth Nyaniba, and father, Kofi Nwiana Ngolomah.
Per oral narrative, Nkrumah was born on the day his grandmother was being buried. His mother, Nyaniba who was pregnant during the final funeral rites was cooking for guests when she fell into labor. In the absence of any hospitals or medical facilities at the time, she was helped by local midwives.
Though the plan was to get into the room to give birth, history indicates that she stopped at a point [where his body lays now] and was delivered.
Caretaker of the Kwame Nkrumah Museum in Nkroful, Steven Tandoh narrates the circumstances surrounding Nkrumah’s birth to the ace broadcaster, Kafui Dei said that when he was born, Nkrumah didn’t cry as is usual of a healthy baby that is delivered and his breath was shallow.
Worried by this, his family tried making noise using various means to revive the child whom they feared may have experienced some complications.
Steven Tandoh indicates that one of Nkrumah’s aunty suggested that he be fed as part of efforts to revive him.
“One of the aunties who helped in delivering suggested that, if the baby is not crying then they should feed him with ripe banana. So they brought the ripe banana and started feeding him with the ripe banana. So after giving him the banana, he started crying. So the day Dr. Kwame Nkrumah was delivered, that same day, he ate banana,” he told host of GTV’s breakfast Show, Kafui Dei.
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The story of Nkrumah and the mudfish:
Beyond this, the story has also been told about how Nkrumah exhibited mysterious spiritual abilities as a baby.
Oral history has it that, Dr. Nkrumah has great links with River Subile, located in Nkroful in the Western Region and also called Kwame Nkrumah’s River.
Per history, Nkrumah was clutched behind his mother at the back when he was 2 years old, crossing the river to the farm.
He stopped his mother in the middle of the journey and told her she had stepped on a mudfish.
Much to the surprise of his mother, she found the mudfish and therefore caught it and took it home to show Nkrumah’s father and tell him what had happened.
His father subsequently consulted a traditional priest about the matter as was the norm in the days and was instructed to go back home and prepare the fish for Nkrumah to eat alone.
It was also prophesied that Nkrumah will become a great person both in Ghana, Africa, and the world at large.
Nkrumah revives dried Subile River with his staff and cup of water:
Residents in Nkroful have also shared the story of how Nkrumah revived a ‘dying’ River Subile. According to Steven Tandoh, the river used to be a source of protein for Dr. Nkrumah who set many fish traps in there and had people who caught the fishes to use for meals for him whenever he returned to his hometown at the time he was still prime minister.
One of the times when he returned home, he was told the river was dried and that was when he went to perform libation to bring back the water.
Speaking to OceansSnow TV in a different tour of the place, Steven Tandoh said,
“This River was also named after Nkrumah because he performed libation there.
He was having fish traps in this river, that anytime he came back, they used to catch the fishes and prepare something for him. One day, he was in Accra and he told the family that he will be coming here. When he came, the river was dried so he went home to fetch one cup of water and as he came, he came with his walking stick.
So he put the walking stick on the ground, and started praying, and pouring water in the form of libation. When he finished, it started raining, it filled the river and from that time till now, the river has never dried up again,” he said.
Full Name, Age, Education, Qualifications, Family, And All You Need To Know About First Lady, Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo
Rebecca Naa Okaikor Akufo-Addo born Rebecca Naa Okaikor Griffiths-Randolph is the First Lady of Ghana as the wife of President Nana Akufo-Addo, 5th President of the 4th Republic of Ghana.
She is the daughter of the judge, Jacob Hackenburg Griffiths-Randolph who served as the Speaker of the Parliament of Ghana in the Third Republic, and Frances Phillipina Griffiths-Randolph.
She was born on March March 12 1951 in Ghana.
She attended the Achimota Primary School and the Wesley Grammar School in Dansoman in Greater Accra Region. She the4n proceeded to the Government Secretarial School where she qualified as a secretary.
Rebecca worked with the Merchant Bank before relocating to the United Kingdom. She was then a legal secretary for Clifford Chance/Ashurst Morris Crisp all multinational law firms in the United Kingdom.
Rebecca Akufo is a founding member and chairperson of the charity, Infanta Malaria Prevention Foundation founded in 2005. This foundation supports the national effort to reduce malarial infections in infants and young children.
Rebecca Akufo-Addo was installed as the Development Queen mother of Ada Traditional Area at the 82nd-anniversary celebration of Ada Asafotufiami festival in August 2019 and is known by the stool name Naana Ode Opeor Kabukie I.
She is a member of the Accra Ridge Church and the patron of the Infanta Malaria,a charity organization dedicated to the prevention of Malaria in children.
In 2017, she founded the Rebecca Akufo-Addo foundation, a non-governmental organization to enhance efforts of government amongst Ghanaian women and children. In November 2017, the Rebecca foundation signed a deal with Licang District Experimental School in Qingdao, China.
This was for an exchange program that would each year enable ten students from both countries to visit the other. This was a move would enhance academic, sports and cultural harmony between students of both countries.
In October 2018, The Rebecca Foundation rolled out the “Learning to read, reading to learn” project. This was to instill a culture of learning in children to enhance literacy. Some of the goals of the project were to build libraries across the country and introduce school and child-friendly programs to enable children to learn to read.
In November 2018, the Foundation launched the “Because I want to be” project. It provides a cushion for underprivileged girls in society and guarantees continuous education and skills training for female school dropouts.
The foundation built and commissioned a new Pediatric and Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in 2019.In January 2019, she launched the Free to Shine campaign. This was to stop mother-to-child transmission of AIDS and was in line with the Organization of African First Ladies Against HIV and AIDS (OAFLA) drive.
In June 2019, the foundation presented six ambulances to some healthcare organizations to enhance the delivery of their services. The “Save the Child, Save the Mother” project established both a Mother and Baby Unit (MBU) and a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital.
It was sponsored by the foundation together with the Multimedia Group and The Komfo Anokye Teaching Hopital and supported by the Manhyia Palace and the Government of Japan. The project was geared towards reducing maternal and infant mortality.
In September 2019, she made an appeal for the empowerment of women, at the United Nations General Assembly.This would make it possible for them to impact more on the welfare of their families and communities. It was at a side event put together by the Organization of African First Ladies for Development (OAFLAD) and themed “Renewing commitment towards enhancing gender equality and women’s empowerment in Africa”.
In January 2020, the foundation’s women empowerment program, the Terema Women’s Empowerment Initiative, in conjunction with the National Board for Small Scale Industries, trained women in soap making.
In February 2020, the Rebecca Foundation, through the “Enhancing the Youth through Education and Health (EYEH) Soup Kitchen” project, made a donation of assorted food items worth about GH¢15,000 to some street children in Accra.
Dr Kwame Nkrumah Was 26 Years Older Than His Wife; Fathia – Son Of Kwame Nkrumah Speaks
Sekou Nkrumah who happens to be the son of Ghana’s late nationalist and first president, Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah has revealed that his dad was 26 years older than his mother.
According to Sekou Nkrumah, his mother, Fathia Nkrumah had dreams of having a romantic marriage with the man of her dreams (Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah).
He shared that it was quite unfortunate that this long-standing dream of his mom fell to nothing but loneliness and unfulfilled drama.
“My mother Fathia Nkrumah had to learn the “hard way” especially when on their wedding night, Osagyefo was caught up with work and returned home very late to spend time with his wife.” – he said.
Sekuo while spilling the bean on the reasons for a quarrel between his parents that was later misinterated as his father been a womanizer raised this as he added:
“Although it was an arranged marriage, the young Fathia was really in love with Nkrumah, she idolized the iconic and charismatic African leader!, There was also a big difference in age between them! Nkrumah’s official birth is 1909, while that of Fathia is 1935!”
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