Hundreds of mourners gathered within the Accra Worldwide Convention Heart to pay their final respects throughout an emotional funeral service on Thursday.
Annan’s widow, Nane Maria Annan was visibly moved as solo singer Alice Twum gave a rendition of the hymn “It Is Properly.”
Throughout her eulogy, the widow instructed the congregation: “Kofi all the time believed that his internal energy and sense of hope got here from his deep roots right here and I wish to thank Ghana for giving me such a rare human being.
“My love, you are actually again house the place you began your lengthy journey. However could your knowledge and compassion proceed to information us, wherever we’re,” she added.
Annan’s son Kojo and daughter Ama additionally paid tribute to their father through the three-hour ceremony.
Kojo, 45, stated: “To the remainder of the world, he was a world statesman par excellence. To me he was simply Daddy. His singular present is that he believed in humanity’s potential. He believed in everybody’s skill to realize extraordinary issues if given a possibility.”
His physique was flown again to Ghana from Switzerland on Monday forward of the funeral.
The Ghanaian diplomat was the seventh UN secretary-general, serving from 1997 to 2006, and was the primary to rise from inside the ranks of the UN workers.
Present UN Secretary Normal António Guterres praised his shut pal as an “distinctive international chief.”
“He had a mild voice that made folks smile and consider music however his phrases have been additionally robust and clever. Kofi Annan was brave talking fact to energy whereas subjecting himself to intense scrutiny,” Guterres stated.
“Kofi Annan was the United Nations and the United Nations was him,” Guterres added.
World leaders who attended the funeral embody six African presidents: Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana, Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe, George Weah of Liberia, Alassane Ouattara of Cote d’Ivoire, Hage Geingob of Namibia and Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger.
Lots of Ghana’s conventional rulers, clad of their customary black and crimson flowing robes, have been additionally current through the service.
Funeral rites are deemed essential in Ghana, and one of many conventional rulers instructed CNN that Annan ought to have been laid to relaxation in his ancestral house within the east of the nation, with different royal members of the family.
Nana Annom III instructed CNN: “Kofi Annan is a royal so he ought to have been buried with the others the place he was born. He’s a world determine so it was permitted for him to be buried in Accra,” he stated.
Annan’s cortege was taken a couple of meters away from the convention heart to the navy cemetery, the place he was given full navy honors, together with a 17-gun salute.
The UN will maintain two different ceremonies in Annan’s honor later this month in Geneva, Switzerland, and in New York.
CNN’s Bukola Adebayo contributed from Lagos, Nigeria.