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Kofi Annan: The First Black African To Become World’s Top Diplomat

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Ghanaian international diplomat, Kofi Annan, the first black African to become UN secretary-general, has died aged 80 in Switzerland, his aides say.He “passed away peacefully on Saturday after a short illness”, the foundation named after him said on Saturday. Mr Annan served two terms as UN chief from 1997 to 2006, and was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for humanitarian work for his efforts.He later served as the UN special envoy for Syria, leading efforts to find a peaceful solution to the conflict.Kofi Annan KOKO TV NGKofi Annan: Key dates

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  • 1938: Born in Kumasi, now Ghana’s second city
  • 1962: Starts working at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland
  • 1965: Weds Titi Alakija. They have two children, a boy and a girl
  • 1984: Marries Nane Lagergren, having divorced a year earlier
  • 1991: Twin sister Efua dies
  • 1993: Becomes head of peacekeeping operations
  • 1997: Appointed seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • 2001: Wins Nobel Peace Prize
  • 2006: Steps down as secretary-general after 10 years
  • 2012: Becomes UN/Arab League Joint Special Envoy on the Syrian crisis
  • 2013: Made chair of The Elders, a peace and human rights advocacy group
  • 2016: Leads the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State, MyanmarPhoto Credit: Getty
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