Today marks the beginning of the end for the Ghanaian child who was born in Kumasi on April 8, 1938, worked his way through school, landed a job at the United Nations as just an ordinary and rising through to ranks to finally occupying the top office at the UN – Kofi Annan.
He passed away last month in Switzerland, a country that has become a second home to the Ghanaian who later became a global citizen much due to the sheer excellence he brought to his work at the UN.
For many, Kofi Annan shaped what we now know as the UN much into his own image and characteristics making the others who have succeeded him as those soldiers who are carrying on the great works of the solid general who came before them.
His successors Ban Ki-moon and Antonio Guterres have both credited Kofi Annan in transforming and dictating what has now become the tenents of global peace and the role of the UN in achieving it.
Today, a country that has been so proud of it most globally recognised son will take delivery of his mortal remains at the Kotoka International Airport.
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In attendance of the short ceremony at the airport will be the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, his vice, Dr Mahamadu Bawumia both of whom are likely to be accompanied by their wives.
The Cheif Justice Ms Sophia Akufo, the Speaker of Parliament George Oquaye and the representative of foreign missions in Ghana are all expected to converge at the airport to welcome Kofi Annan.
Military personnel will perform drills as fit for a fallen general.
Rest well, sir.