State burial for Kofi Annan set for today


Kenya's Opposition leader Raila Odinga, Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka and Murang'a Woman Rep Sabina Chege ...
Kenya's Opposition leader Raila Odinga, Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka and Murang'a Woman Rep Sabina Chege pay their last respects to the late Kofi Annan in Accra, Ghana.

In Summary

  • Kofi Annan died in a Swiss hospital last month at the age of 80.
  • He was surrounded in his last days by his second wife Nane and children Ama, Kojo and Nina.
  • Annan’s body was flown to Accra on Monday with his coffin draped in Ghanaian national colors.

Former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan will be buried in Ghana on Thursday.

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His wife Nane joined dignitaries on Wednesday amid traditional funeral rites by local chiefs and clan leaders.

The session was dominated by customary rites for Annan, a dignitary of Ashanti lineage who was granted a royal title by the Ashanti king in 2002.

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The elders said the rites were necessary to clear the path for a peaceful “travel” for their royal.

“Custom demands that we see him off with the necessary clothing and water for his journey to the other world,” one of the chiefs from the Akwamu traditional area told Reuters.

Kofi Annan died in a Swiss hospital last month at the age of 80. He was surrounded in his last days by his second wife Nane and children Ama, Kojo and Nina.

Annan’s body was flown to Accra on Monday with his coffin draped in Ghanaian national colors. His body lay in state for public viewing ahead of the burial on Thursday.

Foreign dignitaries including Africa Union and U.N. officials, Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga, Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka and Murang’a Woman Rep Sabina Chege joined mourners in Accra on Wednesday.

Several other African leaders and UN Secretary-General António Guterres are expected at the funeral on Thursday, organisers say.

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