Farewell to Kofi Annan

Nane Maria, the widow of Kofi Annan, Ghanaian diplomat and former Secretary General of United Nations who died on August 18 at the age of 80 after a short illness, stands in front of his coffin at the Accra International Conference Centre in Accra on September 12, 2018. Annan's body will remain at Accra Conference Centre until the burial ceremony that will take place on September 13 at Burma Camp military cemetery in Accra. Kofi Annan was the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations, serving from 1997 to 2006. / AFP PHOTO / Ruth McDowall

Business activities especially at governmental and diplomatic level slowed down drastically on Tuesday through Sunday across the globe when the mortal remains of the former Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), Busumuru Kofi Annan finally laid to rest.
The body of the global icon was brought to Ghana from Switzerland accompanied by his wife, Nane Maria and three children, Ama, Kojo, Nina and some UN officials last week Tuesday.
The general public were given the opportunity to file past the remains including dignitaries, Members of Parliament, Ministers of State, chiefs, and members of the diplomatic corps on Wednesday.
Busumuru Kofi Annan as a former UN Secretary-General was accorded a State burial and his body interred at the new Military Cemetery in Accra after a burial service on Thursday, 13th September, 2018.
This funeral ceremony brought to an end on Sunday after the family attended a thanksgiving service in his hometown at CapeCoast.
Our foreign correspondents in the United States, Dorcas Naana Ogoe and Britain, Francisca Ahema Mensah report that business activities among both white and black were slow. Flags of diplomat missions across the world fly at half-mast for one week in honour of the global icon and celebrated statesman.
According to our reporters, UN headquarters in Geneva displayed lots of banners, posters and images of the former Secretary-General on their surroundings and people who thronged to the place were seen taking pictures with his images amidst sadness.
The report said, business activities were not encouraging as UN Officials with some high ranking politicians from all over the world were seen standing in groups discussing the death of their beloved former boss.
And in Accra Ghana, some of the principal streets were closed to traffic due to the funeral ceremony, whiles majority of corporate offices and government institutions were not doing brisk business.
Some small shop owners and market women also trooped to the funeral ground to catch a glimpse of the remains of the global icon, leaving their shops, offices, and selling points closed – all in honour of their beloved son, Kofi Annan.
In effect, business activities suffered a little in honour of the co-recipient of the 2001 Noble Peace Prize, Busumuru Dr. Kofi Annan.
His widely acclaimed memoir: Interventions: A life in war and peace, was published in 2012. He died at the age of 80.