Kofi Annan was an 'extraordinary human being' - Wife pays tribute

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The Speaker of Uganda's Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, told MPs that the motion paying tribute to the fallen Ghanaian diplomat will be extracted and copies sent to the government of Ghana through its Kampala embassy and the United Nations - an organisation Kofi Annan served for decades.

World leaders and global dignitaries have travelled to Ghana to pay their last respects to the late United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan who was honoured with a state funeral, as many lauded him as an exceptional man and leader.

The wife, Nane Maria Annan and children joined family members from Konongo in the Ashanti Region and Akwamufie in the Eastern Region to mourn the death of their respected son, father and husband amidst tears.

Former leaders from Europe and Africa also joined the ceremony, including Graca Machel, wife of the late South African president Nelson Mandela.

"I remember how excited he always was returning home, home to Ghana".

The current UN Secretary-General, Mr Antonio Guterres, led mourners from the diplomatic corps, while there were representatives of the African Union, the West African bloc Ecowas, and presidents from across Africa and beyond.

They gathered around the casket and delivered a powerful rendition of the school's anthem and hymn under the direction of Solomon Wiredu to bid him farewell.

Mr Guterres, who was selected by Mr Annan to be the United Nations high commissioner for refugees, spoke of the honour of working with him to weather "many of the same global storms".

Raila who has a long history with Annan paid his last respect to the Ghanaian diplomat with his usual signature right hand in the air.

According to him, he was openly opposed to the Convention Peoples" Party (CPP) administration led by Dr Kwame Nkrumah, adding that he was known in school as "Dombo" which meant "opposition'.

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Kofi Annan was both one-of-a-kind and one of us.

He was appointed the UN Chief in December 1996 by the Security Council and later confirmed by the General Assembly, becoming the first office holder to be elected from the UN staff itself.

A billboard featuring Kofi Annan is displayed at the entrance of Accra International Conference Centre in Accra.

The late Kofi Annan, she noted, believed in the freedom and power that comes with education, and above all, believed in young people.

Ugandan lawmakers will pay tribute to former United Nations secretary general Kofi Annan, who passed away last month at the age of 80.

Per The Punch report sighted by YEN.com.gh, the UN General Assembly would hold a commemorative meeting to pay tribute to the former Secretary-General on Friday, at the UN headquarters in NY.

NDC flagbearer aspirant, Goosie Tannoh, was also there to pay his last respects.

Thousands of people had filed past the coffin, which was draped in the red, green and gold national flag and guarded by the military in ceremonial uniform.

Annan's body, accompanied by his family, including Nane, was flown to Accra on Monday.

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