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Kofi Annan Bio, Biography, Death and Cause, Burial, Wife (Nane Lagergren), Children, Net Worth, Nobel Prize

13th September 2018, Kofi Annan laid to rest in Accra's new military cemetery in Ghana

Kofi Annan Bio

Kofi Atta Annan was born on 8 April 1938 and died on18 August 2018. He was a Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations, from January 1997 to December 2006. Annan and the UN were the co-recipients of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize. He was the founder and chairman of the Kofi Annan Foundation, as well as chairman of The Elders, an international organization founded by Nelson Mandela.
Personal details
Kofi Annan Born 8 April 1938 in Coomassie, Gold Coast (now Kumasi, Ghana)
Kofi Annan Died 18 August 2018 (aged 80) Bern, Switzerland
Kofi Annan Burial
Kofi Annan will receive a State Burial on 13th September 2018 in Accra’s new military cemetery.
Kofi Annan Wife
Titi Alakija
(m. 1965; div. 1983)
Nane Lagergren (m. 1984)
Kofi Annan Children
Kofi Annan Children
Kojo Annan – Son
Ama Annan –Daughter
Nina Cronstedt de Groot –Daughter
Kofi Annan Education
  • Kwame Nkrumah University
  • Macalester College
  • Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Kofi Annan Net Worth The Ghanaian politician has an estimated net worth of $145 million at the time of his death.
7th Secretary-General of the United Nations
In office
1 January 1997 – 31 December 2006
Deputy Louise Fréchette
Mark Malloch Brown
Preceded by Boutros Boutros-Ghali
Succeeded by Ban Ki-moon
United Nations and Arab League Envoy to Syria
In office
23 February 2012 – 31 August 2012
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (UN)
Nabil Elaraby (AL)
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Lakhdar Brahimi

Kofi Annan Biography

Kofi Annan was Born in Kumasi, Ghana, he studied economics at Macalester College, international relations from the Graduate Institute Geneva and management at MIT. Annan joined the UN in 1962, working for the World Health Organization’s Geneva office. He went on to work in several capacities at the UN Headquarters including serving as the Under-Secretary-General for peacekeeping between March 1992 and December 1996. He was appointed as the Secretary-General on 13 December 1996 by the Security Council and later confirmed by the General Assembly, making him the first officeholder to be elected from the UN staff itself. He was re-elected for a second term in 2001, and was succeeded as Secretary-General by Ban Ki-moon on 1 January 2007.

Kofi Annan Nobel Peace Prize

The Nobel Committee in 2001, in its centennial year, decided that the Peace Prize was to be divided between the UN and Annan. He was awarded the Peace Prize for having revitalized the UN and for having given priority to human rights. The Nobel Committee also recognized his commitment to the struggle of containing the spread of HIV in Africa and his declared opposition to international terrorism.

Kofi Annan Kenya National Dialogue and Reconciliation Process (KNDR)

Following the outbreak of violence during the disputed 2007 Presidential elections in Kenya, between the former President of Kenya, Mwai Kibaki and his opponent, Raila Odinga. The African Union established a Panel of Eminent African Personalities to assist in finding a peaceful solution to the crisis.

The panel, headed by Annan, managed to convince the two principal parties to the conflict, President Mwai Kibaki‘s Party of National Unity (PNU) and Raila Odinga’s Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), to participate in the Kenya National Dialogue and Reconciliation Process (KNDR). Over the course of 41 days of negotiations, several agreements regarding taking actions to stop the violence and remedying its consequences were signed. On 28 February President Mwai Kibaki and Raila Odinga signed a coalition government agreement. Many Kenyans widely lauded Kofi Annan for this landmark achievement.

Kofi Annan Family

In 1965, Kofi Annan married Titi Alakija, a Nigerian woman from an aristocratic family. After being married for Several years, they had a daughter, Ama Annan, and later a son, Kojo Annan. The couple separated in the late 1970s and divorced in 1983. In1984, Annan married Nane Maria Lagergren, his last wife, a Swedish lawyer at the UN and a maternal half-niece of Raoul Wallenberg. She has a daughter, Nina Cronstedt de Groot, from a previous marriage.

Nina Cronstedt de Groot on the right during Kofi Annan's Funeral
Nina Cronstedt de Groot on the left during Kofi Annan’s Funeral
Kofi Annan Daughter, Ama Annan
Kofi Annan Daughter, Ama Annan

Kofi Annan Death and Cause

Annan died on 18 August 2018 in Bern, Switzerland at the age of 80. The death was announced by the Annan family and the Kofi Annan Foundation. The cause was not immediately disclosed.

Kofi Annan Burial

Kofi Annan was buried on 13th September 2018 in Accra’s new military cemetery in Ghana. This is despite the former Secretary-General of the United Nations living most of hist life in New York, US and Geneva, Switzerland. Kofi Anna’s funeral was attended by leaders across the globe.

Kofi Annan Tributes from Twitter


Nane Lagergren

Nane Lagergren Bio

Nane Lagergren was born on October 1944 in Stockholm, Sweden. She is currently aged 73 years old as of 2018. Nane was married to Kofi Annan in 1984 and they have been together till his death on 18 August 2018. Nane Lagergren practised as a Swedish lawyer at the UN and she is a maternal half-niece of Raoul Wallenberg.  She had one a daughter, Nina Cronstedt de Groot from a previous marriage.
Born October 1944 (age 73 years), Stockholm, Sweden
Age 73 years old as of 2018
Spouse Kofi Annan (m. 1984–2018)
Books The United Nations: Come Along with Me!Tip & Top: The Adventures of Two Water Drops!
Daughter Nina Cronstedt de Groot
Kofi Annan and his wife Nane Lagergren
Kofi Annan and his wife Nane Lagergren

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