20 Quotes By Kofi Annan That Will Make African Leaders Think Deep + Rare Photos

Chancellor of the University of Ghana and former UN secretary general, Mr. Kofi Annan has passed on, OMGVoice can confirm.

The family of the great man confirmed the initial rumours when they took over his official social media handles to let the world know of Mr. Annan’s demise. According to the family, “the former Secretary General of the United Nations and Nobel Peace Laureate, passed away peacefully on Saturday 18th August after a short illness.” Here left behind a wife and 3 children.

As we slowly accept the fact that Kofi Annan is no more, he attended numerous as a leader of his calibre and spoke really intelligent stuff. Here are 20 of them

1. Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.

Former UN General Secretary Kofi Annan and his wife Nane leave the Nieuwe Kerk (New


2. Gender equality is more than a goal in itself. It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and building good governance.

President Uhuru Kenyatta with Kofi Annan and other dignitaries


3. Education is a human right with immense power to transform. On its foundation rest the cornerstones of freedom, democracy and sustainable human development.

Kofi Annan And Fidel Castro


4. We need to keep hope alive and strive to do better.

Young Kofi Annan


5. More than ever before in human history, we share a common destiny. We can master it only if we face it together. And that, my friends, is why we have the United Nations.

Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and his wife Nane sample products made with OFSP at the International Potato Center


6. What governments and people don’t realise is that sometimes the collective interest – the international interest – is also the national interest.


7. I have always believed that on important issues, the leaders must lead. Where the leaders fail to lead, and people are really concerned about it, the people will take the lead and make the leaders follow.

Asantehene, Otumfuor Osei Tutu II conferring the “Busumuru” title on Kofi Annan


8. There is no development strategy more beneficial to society as a whole – women and men alike – than the one which involves women as central players.

Kofi and Nane Annan getting served with sweet potato


9. If one is going to err, one should err on the side of liberty and freedom.

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan being honored at Georgetown University in Washington


10. We have the means and the capacity to deal with our problems if only we can find the political will.

Kofi Annan trying out his football skills at FIFA HQ


11. The Lord had the wonderful advantage of being able to work alone.



12. We need to think of the future and the planet we are going to leave to our children and their children.


13. In the 21st century, I believe the mission of the United Nations will be defined by a new, more profound awareness of the sanctity and dignity of every human life, regardless of race or religion.


14. It has been said that arguing against globalization is like arguing against the laws of gravity.


15. In their greatest hour of need, the world failed the people of Rwanda.


16. If we can come up with innovations and train young people to take on new jobs, and if we can switch to clean energy, I think we have the capacity to build this world not dependent on fossil-fuel. I think it will happen, and it won’t destroy the economy.


17. Many African leaders refuse to send their troops on peacekeeping missions abroad because they probably need their armies to intimidate their own populations.


18. We have to choose between a global market driven only by calculations of short-term profit, and one which has a human face.


19. In the rush for justice, it is important not to lose sight of the principles the country holds dear.


20. Unfortunately, very few governments think about youth unemployment when they are drawing up their national plans.