Kukua Asamoah, GNA
Accra, Sept 12, GNA – Nane Maria Lagergren,
the widow of Kofi Annan, with their three children, Wednesday, joined host of
mourners at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC) at the State
Funeral to honour their beloved.
Nane, was dressed in a simple black Slit and
Kaba, with a shawl around her shoulders, while her two daughters, Nina also
spotted a slit and kaba outfit.
Ama wore a black straight dress, while Kojo
was in a black African outfit.
In a quiet and sombre mood, they were ushered
in to greet their paternal and maternal families of Asanteman and Akwamufie,
who were seated across each other at the foyer where the mortal remains of the
Global Peace Icon had been laid.
The two royal sides were given the afternoon
to perform their various customary farewell rites to bid their distinguished
son farewell to the next world.
The families later took turns to present
various burial items (Adeseadea), made up of cloths, kente, handkerchiefs,
traditional rings called epentia, some money,
a pair of slippers, and wreaths to the Funeral Organising Committee, as
their gifts to their departing beloved son.
This was done amidst sobs and cultural
displays and dances.
Representatives of the two sides read separate
tributes, eulogising how Great Kofi Annan was and how he was so much cherished
Madam Georgina Ama Anima Ofori, a paternal
cousin of Kofi Annan, said Asanteman had lost ‘a wise man, who was also installed
a chief, with the title, Busumuru.
The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II,
conferred the title on him in 2002.
She described Mr Annan, who was called by the
family as Kofi Atta, being a twin, as ‘the defender of the poor, and a fighter
Additionally, she said, Kofi Annan was also
“generous to a fault”.
“It is gratifying to note that in whatsoever
capacity he found himself, even as an ordinary member of the family, Kofi Atta
performed his duties with distinction and low with key humility.
“His deep and abiding faith in humility
remained the pivot of his life up until his death”.
She said Kofi Annan was a great grandson of
the late Obaapanyin Adjoa Ennin and Nana Woode, the Great Akwamuhene who
reigned in the middle to the late 1700s.
A representative of the Oyoko Abusua (Maternal
family) of Akwamu in the Eastern Region, said they see the loss of their
kindred as a mighty oak that had fallen, saying Kofi Annan was an Abusuapayin
of the Family, who was highly cherished.
Meanwhile, part of the day was given to
members of recognised bodies, and institutions, Members of Parliament and
Ministers of State, diplomats, chiefs as well as some distinguished individuals
to file past and pay their last respects to the seventh United Nations
He passed on peacefully on August 18, in Bern,
Switzerland after a short illness.