Kofi Annan

Kofi Annan, the former UN secretary-general who won the Nobel Peace Prize for humanitarian work, has died aged 80, international diplomats say.

Kofi Annan

Annan was the first black African to take up the role of the world’s top diplomat, serving two terms from 1997 to 2006.

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He later served as the UN special envoy for Syria, leading efforts to find a peaceful solution to the conflict.

The Ghanaian was key to the peace deal that was struck in Kenya after the 20077/8 post-election violence.

The peace accord signed between retired President Mwai Kibaki and Opposition leader Raila Odinga ended the violence that was sparked by a disputed election.

It saw the birth of the Grand Coalition Government with Kibaki as the President and Raila as the Prime Minister.

Annan described his chief mediator role as the most engaging but noted that it ended a stalemate that left at least 1,000 people dead. He said

My role in mediating was amongst the most intensive and enduring of all my interventions.

Kofi Annan

Credits: The Star