Former Secretary-General of the United Nations Organisation and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Kofi Annan has died, according to information from his family and the Kofi Annan  Foundation this Saturday.

Born in Kumasi, Ghana in 1938,  he served as the seventh UN Secretary-General from 1997 to 2006, a period that saw him receive a joint award with the universal organisation, as Nobel Peace Prize winner in 2001 “for their work for a better organized and more peaceful world.”

He was the first black African to become a UN Secretary General, after he suceeded Boutros Boutros-Ghali, another African and became the first from within the ranks of the United Nations staff  to rise to the position.

Annan died at age 80, after a brief illness in Bern, Switzerland, in the early hours of Saturday, with his wife and three children by his side.

In a statement by the current Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres‏ on Saturday, he said:

“Kofi Annan was a guiding force for good.  It is with profound sadness that I learned of his passing.  
In many ways, Kofi Annan was the United Nations. He rose through the ranks to lead the organization into the new millennium with matchless dignity and determination.  
My heartfelt condolences to Nane Annan, their beloved family, and all who mourn the loss of this proud son of Africa who became a global champion for peace and all humanity.”

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