Annan died at a hospital in the Swiss capital, Bern, after a brief illness.
The 80-year-old served as the seventh UN chief for almost 10 years from 1997-2006 and was awarded a Nobel Prize in 2001, which he shared with the UN.
A statement shared by his Twitter account on Saturday described Annan as a “global statesman and deeply committed internationalist”.
Just a few weeks ago I posted this on twitter after meeting my hero. Having been afraid to walk up to him and greet him, I started panicking and tearing up… because what do I say to the one person who as a young black girl, inspired me to live a life beyond myself. To serve humanity. I’m so heartbroken at the news that one of my life’s greatest inspirations is no more. May you Rest In Peace Mr Annan in knowing that you served humanity with depth, compassion and vigor. My ultimate dream was to serve and be under his mentorship. My heart is truly Heavy #KofiAnnan Your legacy lives on. I will tell my children about you one day. Thank you. ❤️
Shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of Kofi Annan: 7th United Nations Secretary-General, Nobel Peace Prize recipient and Chairman of Madiba’s The Elders. May his soul rest in peace, love and light. May his impressive life inspire us to new heights of service and positive impact on the world. He ran a powerful and impactful race. ❤ #RIPKofiAnnan #SonofTheSoil
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We salute a great ambassador of Peace: Kofi Annan was an impeccable statesman and an amazing human being!!! Mvezo Komkhulu (The Great Place), Saturday, 18th August 2018: We salute Kofi Annan as a proud son of Africa that rose to prominence as the 7th Secretary General of the United Nations. He presided over a difficult time in the history of the UN especially the illegal invasion of Iraq under the pretext of Weapons of Mass Destruction which precipitated the deep descent into chaos that we witness in the Middle East today. That he was able to navigate his way through that unfortunate chapter speaks volumes of the character of the man and his high calibre. President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela regarded Kofi Annan as a personal friend. As a fellow Nobel Peace Prize laureate they shared a common passion for world peace and a just global order. We shall remember him as a visionary who worked tirelessly for many humanitarian causes. We shall remember him for the immense contribution he made to the many vulnerable sectors of humanity, women, children, orphans the disabled and refugees. Our sincere condolences to the family and loved ones of this great son of Africa. In this hour of loss our sympathy is with the people of Ghana who have lost one of their proudest sons. We take great consolation in a life well lived, a contribution well celebrated and legacy that will be remembered for many decades to come. Rest in Peace Great Soul! ENDS Nkosi Zwelivelile Royal House of Mandela Mvezo Komkhulu P.O. Box 126 Viedgesville, 5102 Eastern Cape Province South Africa
Undoubtedly one the Africa’s greatest statesman, genius diplomat and peace builder… blessed indeed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of divinity! Rest in perfect peace son of Ghana and the African soil. #RIPKofiAnnan pic.twitter.com/8KMiDFepG3
— Mbuyiseni Ndlozi (@MbuyiseniNdlozi) August 18, 2018