Kofi Annan, the first black African (Ghanaian) to lead the United Nations dies at age 80.
Former U.N. Chief served as Secretary-General at a time when people were worried about global terrorism and genocides.
He championed human right and accepted Nobel Peace Prize in 2001. Although he was unable to stop the U.S. invasion of Iraq, he noted that he did everything he could.
He fought to secure a more peaceful world: “Friends, we live in tense and turbulent times,” Kofi Annan quoted. Annan, who was born in Ghana in 1938, served as the seventh UN Secretary-General, from 1997 to 2006. His exit drew a standing ovation from the general assembly.
Also, he had also been a member of The Elders, a humanitarian group of a dozen leaders and activists of worldwide stature formed by Nelson Mandela – since 2007. In 2013, Annan became the chairman of The Elders.