• World Islamic Banking Conference
Farewell to Kofi Annan

Farewell to Kofi Annan

A steady stream of mourners yesterday paid their respects to the former UN secretary general Kofi Annan as he lay in state in the capital of his native Ghana.

The diplomat’s body was flown back from Switzerland on Monday ahead of a state funeral and private burial in Accra on Thursday. Nobel peace laureate Annan, who was the world body’s first leader from sub-Saharan Africa, died on August 18 after a brief illness. He was 80.

Draped in Ghana’s red, green and gold flag, his coffin was guarded by senior military officers in ceremonial uniform at the Accra International Conference Centre. There were traditional dances and a choir sang hymns as the public filed past, taking their chance to say a proud farewell to one of the country’s most famous sons. Fritz Kitcher, who spent his career working in human rights for the United Nations in Geneva, said he had watched Annan rise through the ranks.

Now retired and back living in Ghana, he said Annan had taught him “the benefit of humility, the benefit of honesty, the benefit of decisiveness, and diplomacy from the grassroots”. Annan’s role as the UN’s first black African leader was “an honour for Ghana”, Kitcher said. ‘He lifted Africa’

“It was marvellous in our eyes, it was one of these things that we can only dream... he lifted Africa and showed that we are also able to do great things,” he told AFP. Jennifer Asuako, a programme analyst with the UN in Ghana, said Annan was widely respected, humble and an inspiration to his colleagues. S

he pledged to “keep the torch burning” on gender equality, an area where he showed great dedication. “He made the whole world understand promoting equality between men and women is not an issue of women only, but it’s an issue for sustainable development,” she said. “There are a lot of Ghanaians who can take on the mantle and do similar, like he did, but not like him because he is a unique individual.”




Verstappen shoves Ocon

Verstappen shoves Ocon

Dutch driver Max Verstappen was accused of trying to punch French rival Esteban Ocon after a controversial clash at Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix which was won by five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton. Red Bull star Verstappen

Cyrus, Butler lose house in wildfire

Cyrus, Butler lose house in wildfire

Hollywood celebrities Miley Cyrus and Gerard Butler have completely lost their homes in the raging California wildfire, which has left filmmaker Guillermo del Toro’s home partially damaged. Cyrus took to Twitter on Sunday to spar

Crazy in love?

Crazy in love?

Akihiko Kondo’s mother refused an invitation to her only son’s wedding in Tokyo this month, but perhaps that isn’t such a surprise: he was marrying a hologram. “For mother, it wasn’t something to celebrate

Jordan floods toll rises to 13

Jordan floods toll rises to 13

Jordanian rescuers yesterday found the body of a five-year-old girl killed in flash floods that have left a total of 13 people dead in the kingdom, the civil defence said. On Friday torrential rains swept the south of the country, forc

IMMAF head praises KHK Heroes initiative

IMMAF head praises KHK Heroes initiative

2018 IMMAF - WMMAA World Championships of Amateur Mixed Martial Arts is set to create history for showcasing a social cause during the opening ceremony of the event. 2018 World Championships marks the biggest event ever held showcasing

Hamilton wins nail-biting Brazilian GP

Hamilton wins nail-biting Brazilian GP

New five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton steered his Mercedes to a nail-biting victory in yesterday’s Brazilian Grand Prix, a triumph that clinched the constructors championship for a fifth consecutive season for the team. The


Bahrain unifies MMA: Shaikh Nasser

Bahrain unifies MMA: Shaikh Nasser

HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa affirmed that the Kingdom of Bahrain has become a favoured destination for all athletes and parties wishing to organise a distinguished tournament combining all elements of success. This came as th

Verstappen shoves Ocon

Verstappen shoves Ocon

Dutch driver Max Verstappen was accused of trying to punch French rival Esteban Ocon after a controversial clash at Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix which was won by five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton. Red Bull star Verstappen

Ezra Miller pretends to be happy

Ezra Miller pretends to be happy

Actor Ezra Miller says he is not as happy as he pretends to be. Miller will soon be back as Credence Barebone, a young introvert man who is also an Obscurus, in “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”. The Warner Bros

Cyrus, Butler lose house in wildfire

Cyrus, Butler lose house in wildfire

Hollywood celebrities Miley Cyrus and Gerard Butler have completely lost their homes in the raging California wildfire, which has left filmmaker Guillermo del Toro’s home partially damaged. Cyrus took to Twitter on Sunday to spar

Oil prices advance

Oil prices advance

Oil prices advanced yesterday after crude kingpin Saudi Arabia unveiled plans to cut output in the face of global oversupplies, and pressed other producers to follow suit. Higher crude prices failed to lift the market overall in London