5 Facts You Should Know About Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.

A world hero has fallen today.

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Ghanaian born former UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan has been reported dead this morning.

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Let’s share with you some facts you should know about him.


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He was an alumnus of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, where he received an Honorary Doctor of Science degree on 24th August 1998.


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He was also the first and only black man to head the United Nations.

Kofi Annan Foundation

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After his time as the UN Secretary-General, he formed the Kofi Annan Foundation, an independent, not-for-profit organization that works to promote better global governance and strengthen the capacities of people and countries to achieve a fairer, more peaceful world.

Nobel Peace Price

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In 2001, its centennial year, the Nobel Committee decided that the Peace Prize was to be divided between the United Nations (UN) and Kofi Annan. Annan was awarded the Peace Prize for having revitalized the UN and for having given priority to human rights.


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In 1965, Kofi Annan married Titi Alakija, a Nigerian woman from an aristocratic family. Kofi Annan later married Nane Maria Lagergren, a Swedish lawyer at the U.N. Kofi Annan has three children, 2 daughters, and a son.

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