Kofi Annan – The African Pride
A few days back Kofi Annan, the Ghanian legend referred to as „Africa’s foremost son“ passed away and at this time of mourning it’s only fair to remember some of the greatest things he’s done for humankind. Born in the Gold Coast (now Ghana) on 8 April, 1938 he had since his birth been an icon to humans always initiating change and looking at the world with generous, loving and forgiving eyes. From his early school days in Cape Coast he was taught „that suffering anywhere concerns people everywhere“
Before going on to become the Secretary General of the United Nations (1997-2006), Kofi worked a series of jobs starting as the budget officer for the World Health Organisation. In between his various jobs he was also able to get a masters degree from the MIT Sloan School of Management. His whole career map can be found in his biography with detailed info about every post he held.
As the UN Secretary General he took various brilliant decisions and had many suggestions that the world are still reaping benefits from. Post his term, he set up the Kofi Annan Foundation, a non profit organisation that aims at achieving world peace. He set up a few commissions and panels post his work in the UN which were aimed at achieving world peace too.
Before Kofi Annan joined the UN, and did everything thereafter to help this world become a better place, he was part of AIESEC, an organisation aimed at achieving peace and fulfilment of humankind’s potential. Kofi Annan was often found quoting AIESEC, and about how the United Nations support them. Since the UN came up with the Sustainable Development Goals (read our blog to know more) as an agenda for 2030, AIESEC have been aligning their exchanges with these goals.
„In an era of globalisation AIESEC’s programs have helped young people around the world to develop a broader understanding of cultural, socio – economic and business management issues.“ – Kofi Annan about AIESEC exchanges
Kofi Annan was also found quoting something along the lines of – „The United Nations has long recognised that the imagination, ideals and energies of young men and women are vital for the continuing development of the societies in which they live. And since it’s inception in 1948, AIESEC has contributed to this development by serving as an agent of positive change through education and cultural exchange.“
Kofi Annan throughout his career looked towards making sure that the world around him was a hospitable and happy place to live in.
Thank you legend, you will be missed, and your memories and good work shall live forever !