Kofi Annan Brought Fame To The Black Race - Ekua Donkor
Madam Ekua Donkor, the Founder and Leader of the Ghana Freedom Party, on Tuesday paid glowing tribute to the former United Nations Chief, Kofi Atta Annan, saying that, he brought fame and honour to Ghana, Africa and the black race in general.
She said Kofi Annan being the first Blackman from sub-Saharan Africa to head the global body for two consecutive terms, was an achievement, and his feat should propel the younger generation to aim higher and bring laurels to themselves and the African continent.
Madam Ekua Donkor made the remarks in an interview with the Ghana News Agency at the Accra International Conference Centre on Tuesday, where the mortal remains of Ghana's illustrious son is lying-in-state for public viewing.
She urged politicians and people appointed to head various public institutions to emulate the shining example of Kofi Annan, who was described as a "global peace icon and statesman".
She, however, appealed to the President to consider burying the body of the late Kofi Annan at the Asomdwee Park, instead of the new military cemetery at Burma Camp, in order to befit his status as someone who fought tirelessly for a fair and more peaceful world.
Madam Donkor also suggested the opening of the casket containing the mortal remains of Kofi Annan, instead of being closed for public viewing.
Mr Annan passed away peaceful on August 18, 2018 at a hospital in the Swiss city of Bern after a short illnesses.
He was aged 80.
He was the UN Secretary-General from January 1997 to December 2006, leading a number of reforms at the global body.
He successfully negotiated peace deals in many countries plagued with conflicts and wars.
In 2001, he was co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize with UN.
Mr Annan, upon retirement from active service, served as UN special envoy to Syria, and also established the Kofi Annan Foundation to pursue his vision of making the world a more peaceful place to live.
He was survived by a wife, Nane Maria Lagergren and three children, Kojo, Ama and Nina.
By Godwill Arthur-Mensah/Elizabeth Ofosu, GNA