If you live in Kenya, then you are already familiar with this crazy belief that we Kenyans have concerning this month of August, that it’s the month high profile people in the country die. It’s not true, I know you are dying to tell me. But statistics don’t lie. Check it up, on Google!
Thought it was only Kenyan elites who die in August until I learned of the “timely” — at 80, he was an old man who I believe has achieved everything there was to be achieved — demise of Kofi Annan.
Is there any adult out there who doesn’t know him? Seriously? Unless if your country is not under the umbrella of the United Nations. For your benefit, Kofi Annan is the former UN Secretary-General, the first black African UN Secretary-General and the predecessor of Ban Ki-moon, who was the eighth.
We Kenyans will forever be in the debt of this man. After the 2007 controversial elections that left the country burning and our economy on the brink of collapse, it was Kofi Annan who came in to mediate and help us salvage whatever was left. He helped bring together the former president, Mwai Kibaki and his opponent, former prime minister, Raila Odinga in what was called power sharing.
His efforts did help bring some sort of peace and tranquility in the country, just enough to help us rebuild. I know there were various stakeholders, individuals, groups that played a part in all of it, but Kofi Annan’s role alone cannot be forgotten. He helped our country live another day and for that, we will always remember him.
But now he’s passed on and all we are left with is memory of him. Good memories. Rest in peace Secretary General. Condolences to his family, friends, his country (Ghana), African Continent, and the world at large.