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KOFI ANNAN

Popularly known for his diplomat skills, Kofi, who had worked as secretary general of the United Nations and a Nobel Prize winner, is a Gold Coast (Ghana) born national. He was born on 8th Aril 1938 in an aristocratic family and had the chance to attend school and so he attended Mfantsipim School where he graduated in 1957 when his country gained independence from the UK. He proceeded with his education and pursued economics in Nkwame Nkrumah University which was at that time called Kumasi College. He advanced his skills in economics in Macalester College of Minnesota, USA. In 1962, he graduated from The Graduate Institute with a degree in international relations. He later earned a masters degree in management from the MIT Sloan School of Management in 1972. His eloquent speeches in different languages made him fit for different as duties and activities across the globe. He served the world as diplomat until when he got ill and died in the morning of the eighteenth day of August 2018 while in Switzerland.

Kofi joined the UN system in 1962 as an administrative officer with WHO in Geneva. He served in other posts under the UN like; Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa Ethiopia, UNEF II in Ismaillia and UNHCR in Geneva. He has also worked in several senior posts in New York concerning Human Resources, budget, staff security and finance. He is majorly known for his working as a U.N Secretary General from 1996 to December 2006 and as the second African to ever sit on that post. Even after his UN secretary general role ended, he still assigned a role by the African Progress Panel to chair an advocacy group. During his holding of the UN Secretary General office, Kofi frequently reminded that there is  no development with no peace and, there is no growth devoid of peace, neither peace nor development lacking Human Rights. This perception motivated and promoted his deep aspirations for global peace. He was attached to peace and had great contributions to peace preaching activities. He was against irrelevant conflicts and encouraged continuous development agendas and activities. He discouraged US and UK governments from invading Iraq and oversaw peace keeping missions in African countries that were unpeaceful. On 13th July 2008, he was invited by President John Kufuor of Ghana to help solve an election problem in Kenya that had caused tribal clashes and violence. On this duty, he managed to convince the then Kenyan leaders who were Mwai Kibaki as president and Raila Odinga as opposition leader to form a coalition government. This made him a great man to the Kenyan citizens and the world in general for bringing peace to those who were suffering from

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