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Kofi Annan, former UN secretary general, passes away at the age of 80

The former United Nations secretary general, Kofi Annan, passed away at the age of 80 after a short illness, as announced by his family and foundation. He died in a hospital in Bern, Switzerland, with his wife, Nane, and three children Ama, Kojo and Nina, by his side. After retirement he moved to Geneva and later lived in a Swiss village.

The announcement of his demise was made in a tweet by the Kofi Annan Foundation, writing, “It is with immense sadness that the Annan family and the Kofi Annan Foundation announce that Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations and Nobel Peace Laureate, passed away peacefully on Saturday 18th August after a short illness.”

The Ghanaian national, Kofi Annan, was the first black African to assume the office of world’s top diplomat. He was the seventh secretary general of the UN, who served for the two terms as secretary-general from January 1, 1997 to December 31, 2006. He later also served as the UN special envoy for conflict-ridden Syria.

In 2001, Kofi Annan and the UN were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. His death is being mourned all across the globe.

Saman Siddiqui

I am a freelance journalist, holding a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and an MS in Peace and Conflict Studies, associated with the electronic media industry since 2006 in various capacities. Here at OyeYeah, I cover a range of genres, from journalism to fiction to fashion, including reviews, and fact findings. 

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