Kofi Annan, First Black U.N. Secretary-General, Dead At 80

Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the first black man to ever hold the position, died at the age of 80 on Saturday, August 18.

Annan died following a short illness, surrounded by his wife and children. The career diplomat died in a hospital in the Swiss city of Bern. His family and his foundation put out a statement to the public.


The Ghanaian-born Annan served as secretary-general for two terms between 1997 and 2006. He earned the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001.

His home country of Ghana declared a week of national mourning. Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo called Annan “one of our greatest compatriots”.


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