There was a rare opportunity for Ghanaians and members of the international community present to catch a glimpse of unadulterated Ghanaian culture on display here on Wednesday during the second day of activities marking a three-day long funeral activities of former head of the United Nations (UN) Kofi Annan.

Various traditional rulers or their representatives clad in the typical kuntunkuni (mourning cloth of Akans in Ghana) descended on the foyer of the Accra International Conference Center to pay their last respect to the revered international diplomat who passed away last month in Bern, Switzerland at the age of 80.

So colorful was the assembly of various royal umbrellas on display in the foyer and at the entrance of the Conference center.

The King of Akwamu, where Annan was an elder of the royal family, the representative of the Asante king and representative of the Akyem king were prominent among the traditional rulers in attendance.

While the royals danced to the traditional fontomfrom beat being sounded skillfully by royal drummers on the acoustic drums, cultural troupes also offered support with the beautiful Adowa steps in a mourning mood to demonstrate their anguish at the demise of their compatriot.

In a tribute, traditional ruler of Asante Mampong Daasebre Osei Bonsu II who represented Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Asante king eulogized Kofi Annan for serving the international community with distinction.

“Because of his monumental achievement as an international civil servant Busumuru(a title bestowed on Annan in 2002 by the Asante kingdom) became a ready source of inspiration, a dogged advocate and an unwavering champion of peace, security, development , human rights and rule of law. He was a consummate mediator,” the king observed. .

He added: “Busumuru touched many lives with his graciousness, charisma and commitment to the pursuit of worthy causes crying for global attention.”

The sound of the atenteben (traditional flute) and mmenson (seven horns) remained a key background sound at the scene of the filing past throughout the day.

Earlier, the widow of the late Secretary-General Nane Maria, and their three children also filed past the remains of the man who was head of their family.

Members of parliament, present and past ministers of state, Kwesi Quartey, Deputy Chair of the African Union (AU), Lady Justice Sophia Akuffo Chief Justice of Ghana and some members of the diplomatic corps also filed past the remains of Annan to pay their last respect to him.

All is set for the climax of activities marking the official state funeral and burial at the military cemetery of the global icon who was named in 2001 as joint Nobel Peace Laureate with the UN for his efforts at ensuring global peace. Enditem


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