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    Kofi Annan’s body arrives Ghana for state funeral

    The body of Kofi Atta Annan was on Monday returned to his native Ghana in a solemn ceremony marking the start of official mourning for the former UN secretary-general.

    Annan's wife Nane Maria Annan, his children and senior officials from the world body accompanied the casket, which was draped in the blue UN flag, as it arrived from Geneva.
    The career diplomat and Nobel peace laureate, the first UN leader from sub-Saharan Africa, died on August 18 after a short illness at the age of 80.

    Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo, who has praised Annan as "one of the most illustrious people of this generation", was among the dignitaries at the arrival ceremony.
    Ghanaian soldiers cover the coffin of late Ghanaian diplomat Kofi Atta Annan with the Ghanaian flag on the tarmac of Kotoka International Airport in Accra on September 10, 2018.
    The former global diplomat is due to be given a full state burial that will span for three days. Between his arrival and burial at a military cemetery on September 13, a number of events have been planned to celebrate his life.

    A summary of the events are as follows:

    Body of Kofi Atta Annan arrives on Monday 10 September 2018 at 1600 hours.

    Laying in state for paying of respect by public on Tuesday 11 September 2018

    Laying in state for paying of respect by dignitaries on Wednesday 12 September 2018

    Both events at the foyer of the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC) from 1000 to 1600 hours daily.

    Funeral service at the Auditorium of AICC on Thursday 13 September 2018 at 0900 hours.

    This will be preceded by filing past and paying of last respect by VVIPs only from 0730 to 0830 hours.

    Burial is slated for the military cemetery located in the capital, Accra.

    It is expected that Heads of State, high ranking United Nations Officials including the Secretary General and other high profile international personalities will attend the funeral ceremony.

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