Former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan's body brought to Ghana; Nobel Peace Prize winner's funeral scheduled for Thursday

Ghana: The body of former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has received a hero's welcome upon landing at Kotoka International Airport in Ghana's capital, Accra.

Former UN secretary-general Kofi Annans body brought to Ghana; Nobel Peace Prize winners funeral scheduled for Thursday

File photo of former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Reuters

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was with Annan's widow and family members on Monday as uniformed soldiers brought Annan's coffin down from the aircraft amid solemn music played by a detachment of Ghana's armed forces. Prayers followed.

To signify Annan's return home, the UN flag covering the coffin was replaced by a Ghanaian one.

Annan will lie at the Accra International Conference Center, where people can pay their respects in the days before Thursday's state funeral. Annan died in August in Switzerland at age 80.

The grandson of tribal chiefs, he was the first black African to work as UN Secretary-General and was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize.

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Updated Date: Sep 11, 2018 09:49:21 IST

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