Kofi Atta Annan who served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations from January 1997 to December 2006, is probably the most widely-known Ghanaian.
He was awarded the 2001 Nobel Prize for Peace jointly with the UN, for their work for a better organized and more peaceful world. He is the founder and the Chairman of the Kofi Annan Foundation, as well as being the chairman of The Elders, a group founded by Nelson Mandela.
Below are 13 of his best quotes.
1. We need to keep hope alive and strive to do better.
2. Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.
3. Education is a human right with immense power to transform. On its foundation rest the cornerstones of freedom, democracy and sustainable human development.
4. Gender equality is more than a goal in itself. It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and building good governance.
5. 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.
6. We have the means and the capacity to deal with our problems, if only we can find the political will.
7. Literacy is the bridge from misery to hope.
8. More countries have understood that women’s equality is a prerequisite for development.
9. Business, labour and civil society organizations have skills and resources that are vital in helping to build a more robust global community.
10. Business, labour and civil society organizations have skills and resources that are vital in helping to build a more robust global community.
11. If one is going to err, one should err on the side of liberty and freedom.
12. The Lord had the wonderful advantage of being able to work alone.
13. Many African leaders refuse to send their troops on peace keeping missions abroad because they probably need their armies to intimidate their own populations.
Let me know in the comments section which of Kofi Annan’s quotes is your favourite.