Africa’s Kofi Annan, dies, aged 80

The Society of African Missions sends its heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, the people of Ghana and all Africa, following the news that one of Africa’s most recognised sons, Kofi Annan, has died, aged 80.

The former United Nations Secretary General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate died this morning in Bern, Switzerland, Saturday, 18 August 2018.

Born in Kumasi, Ghana, on April 8, 1938, Kofi Atta Annan served as the 7th Secretary-General of the United Nations from January 1997 to December 2006, overseeing the transition from the 20th to the 21st Century.  

He was awarded the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize in 2001. The award was jointly received with the United Nations.

Anan was the founder and chairman of the Kofi Annan Foundation, as well as chairman of The Elders, an international organization founded by Nelson Mandela.

The following report by CNN marks his passing: