Kofi Annan, the former UN secretary-general and Nobel Peace Prize winner, has been laid to rest Thursday in his home country of Ghana.
Thousands of mourners gathered in the Accra International Conference Center to pay their last respects during an emotional funeral service on Thursday.
Annan’s widow, Nane Maria Annan was visibly moved as solo singer Alice Twum gave a rendition of the hymn “It Is Well.”
During her eulogy, the widow told the congregation: “Kofi always believed that his inner strength and sense of hope came from his deep roots here and I want to thank Ghana for giving me such an extraordinary human being.
“My love, you are now back home where you started your long journey. But may your wisdom and compassion continue to guide us, wherever we are,” she added.
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Annan, the first black man to lead the United Nations, died in August at 80 after a brief illness.
His body was flown back to Ghana from Switzerland on Monday ahead of the funeral.
The Ghanaian diplomat was the seventh UN secretary-general, serving from 1997 to 2006, and was the first to rise from within the ranks of the UN staff.