On August 18th 2018, a giant and great son of Africa took his last breath. Our dear Kofi Annan, a proud son of Africa who has served the world as an outstanding diplomat and very first Black secretary general of the United Nations passed away at age 80.

Kofi Annan, a native of Ghana, was a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and founding member and chair of The Elders. Our last encounter with Kofi Annan was exactly a month prior to his death when he as chair of our partner organization The Elders, led a march in the city of Johannesburg to mark the centenary of Nelson Mandela on the 18th of July, 2018.

Kofi Anan and the Elders have always been of great support to Africans Rising as they strongly believe in the values of our movement and the Kilimanjaro Declaration. We will forever miss this passionate, dedicated and exemplary pan-Africanist who continued to work for peace, justice in Africa and beyond till his last days.

We send our truest condolences to the Elders and the family of Kofi Anan and we will continue celebrating his life through our commitment for social justice.

"To live is to choose. But to choose well, you must know who you are and what you stand for, where you want to go and why you want to get there." Kofi Annan 

Read Kofi Annan’s biography


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