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Fri, 14 Sep 2018 10:10 - Updated Fri, 14 Sep 2018 10:10

Traditional rituals dominate funeral of Kofi Annan

Accra - The Angolan Vice President, Bornito de Sousa, last Thursday in Accra, Ghana, participated in the funeral of the former secretary-general of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, which was marked by rituals of local tradition and Western classical cultural acts.

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GHANA: Homage to Kofi Annan

Photo: Rosário dos Santos

GHANA: Homage to Kofi Annan

Photo: Rosário dos Santos

Kofi Annan passed away last August 18, in Switzerland, at the age of 80.

Bornito de Sousa arrived in Accra, capital of Ghana, last Wednesday to participate in Kofi Annan’s funeral and burial ceremonies, in representation of the Angolan Head of State, João Lourenço.

The Ghanaian Head of State, Nana Akuffo Addo, the Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), António Guterres, as well as the presidents of Liberia, Zimbabwe, Cote d'Ivoire, Namibia and Niger, among other African and European personalities, participated in the funeral ceremony.

In 2001, Kofi Annan was distinguished with the Peace Nobel Prize.

On a message sent to the current Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), António Guterres, the Angolan Head of State, oão Lourenço, regretted the death of Kofi Annan, stressing that it was fair to highlight the diplomatic skill and relevant role of the late Ghanaian diplomat.

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