Well! Who hasn’t heard of Kofi Annan? The 2 term UN secretary general, the 2001 Nobel peace prize winner, one of the most successful men in history and a celebrated person for his efforts to appease the war situation in Syria! Here are a few things you did not know about him, I can promise you that the 5th one is a completely unexpected one, something you had definitely not guessed about 🙂
He was the first African UN Secretary General. In a place where sometimes the high profile jobs are assumed to be for the ones who come from a flowery background or a race or a culture or an understanding, well exceptions are the rule and the norm! That is where history begins!
““More than ever before in human history, we share a common destiny. We can master it only if we face it together. And that, my friends, is why we have the United Nations. “
I love it when there is a unification of goals between people. When it is realized that the world is not about 7 different continents separated by oceans and seas, not a group of different colored people or races, but a group of people where humanity trumps all and is THE MOST IMPORTANT thing and nothing else matters!
He says that school taught him “that suffering anywhere concerns people everywhere”
He is a recipient of of honorary degrees from 30 universities across the world! And sometimes I feel that I really worry about scoring less marks in an exam or my competitor went to a better school than I did!
He is very commonly called “A man of peace in a world of war”, a school boy from Ghana who takes on to the reins of world peace through his diplomacy and knowledge and who goes on to make a huge difference. He says peace is not just about ending war, it is about looking after each others welfare
As promised, the fifth point is a highly unexpected one and something I would definitely boast about 😀
Do you recognize the man next to Kofi Annan in this picture?
Well thought I would share a few thoughts from my experience with the man which was a brief stint of 3Hrs, something which I am extremely proud of and something I will keep boasting about! But enough about me, I would stick to the man in news here
– The bigger a person gets, the humbler they are or perhaps the other way round! Most times I have seen so many people including me thinking big of their achievements, the ones who come from a high horse and expect to be treated different. Well maybe the high horse is something that is stopping them
– You got to pick and choose the words you use! For a person at such a high platform, every word counts and the entire world is watching what you do. it takes quite a bit to carry something like that
– No matter what you are and where you are, you are still a person! And it is never that hard to reach the true person beyond the stigmas and definitions created by the society. The way I saw it, it was more than refreshing to talk to a man like that and to take back a pride that I spent 3Hrs with him is nothing short of a fascinating memory!
Kudos to men like that 🙂
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