Leaders to attend the funeral of late UN chief Kofi Annan on Thursday.

(EBC; September 12, 2018)  - Ghanaians are paying their respects to former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan ahead of Thursday's state funeral.

Annan died in August in Switzerland at age 80. The grandson of tribal chiefs, he was the first black African to become the U.N. leader and was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize.

Ghanaians have thronged at a conference center in Accra to remember him.

The traditional flutes played in the background while the military band in and a church choir in attendance played solemn funeral tunes to depict the moment of grief and mourning that has engulfed the nation.

"He was such a great icon. He represented Ghana well out there and Africa at large and we are here to commiserate with the family and the rest of the nation," said Patience Folley from the communications department of the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) Ghana.

Ghana has said several African heads of state from Zimbabwe, Liberia, Ivory Coast and elsewhere are expected to attend the funeral.

Ethiopian President Dr. Mulatru Teshome left for Accra,Ghana to attend the final funeral service of the late former UN secretary General Kofi Annan.

The state funeral service is scheduled to take place in the main hall of the Accra International Conference Center on Thursday before his burial at the new Military Cemetery in Burma Camp.

Source: Xinhua