by Duke Magazine
Kofi Annan

Kofi Atta Annan (8 April 1938 – 18 August 2018) was a Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations from January 1997 to December 2006. He was the founder and chairman of the Kofi Annan Foundation, as well as, chairman of The Elders, an international organization founded by the Late Nelson Mandela of blessed memory. 

As the Secretary-General, Annan reformed the UN bureaucracy; he served to combat HIV/AIDS, especially in Africa; and launched the UN Global Compact.

In 1998, Kofi was so much enthusiastic in supporting the transition from military to civilian rule in Nigeria which later became a reality in 1999. The following year, he supported the efforts of East Timor to secure independence from Indonesia. In 2000, he was responsible for certifying Israel ‘s withdrawal from Lebanon, and in 2006, he led the talks in New York between the presidents of Cameroon and Nigeria which gave a bright settlement of the dispute between the two countries over the Bakassi peninsula at the eastern shore of Nigeria. 

Kofi Annan was a recipient for several awards across the globe. 

In 2001, its centennial year, the Nobel Committee decided that the Peace Prize was to be divided between the UN and Annan. They were awarded the Peace Prize “for their work for a better organized and more peaceful world,” having revitalized the UN and for having given priority to human rights. 

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