Today marks the beginning of a 3 day mourning of the late UN General Secretary, Kofi Annan. The body arrived on Monday in the company of his wife and children.
He was the first Ghanaian and for that matter an African to head the United Nations for two terms. He brought some form of light to Ghana and Africa as a whole
What has his legacy taught us? What has he left for us to follow? Kofi Annan indeed has taught as to look out for each other as humans hence his fight for human Rights and equality. African leaders ought to take a cue from his life and fight for the marginalized especially women and children.
Again he has shown that governments must be mindful of the choices they make for the people for which they are in power. In his own words, he clearly states that “ To live is to choose. But to choose well, you must know who you are and what you stand for, where you want to go and why you want to get there”. How do we assess what we want at what time and for who?
Been the General Secretary of the United Nations, he could have easily lord it over all the nations he worked with but he served to the best of his ability creating policies such as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to lift people out of abject poverty, improve health and educate a lot of people. This should be the reason for all leaders across the world to make life better.
Kofi Annan’s term of office indeed was never smooth but faced some challenges of which “Oil for Food” was one of the controversies during his tenure. He was said to be corrupt by given the contract to his son but what did he do? He subjected himself to scrutiny of which he was exonerated of any wrongdoing. Our leaders should see themselves as untouchable or above the law but go by the laws and obey them to the latter either ruling or not.
Moreover, he left telling us that we can serve in our own capacities regardless of where we come from and where we find ourselves. Bible will say brighten the corner where you are. Do not wait for bigger roles but look out for the small ones so they ground you for bigger roles if they come. When we serve to the best of our abilities and we are asked to rest, we can proudly say “ We don’t know when to rest but we will take it slow”.
Rest well Busumuru Kofi Atta Annan
Story: Chenpuo Pascaline