Quotes of the Late Kofi Annan that shows he was a rare African gem

Like sand through an hourglass so are the days of my our lives. End of an era.

Kofi Annan leaves the World. One of the greats of his or any other generation. Humble yet a leader. Slow in speech yet effective in action. Never again to breath yet to be remembered forever.

Here are some of his popular quotes that encapsulate the wisdom he possessed.

On Knowledge, Power, and Information


Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family. – Kofi Annan

On Globalisation

It has been said that arguing against globalization is like arguing against the laws of gravity. – Kofi Annan

On Living Life

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.

On Education

Education is a human right with immense power to transform. On its foundation rest the cornerstones of freedom, democracy and sustainable human development. – Kofi Annan

On Women and Development

More countries have understood that women’s equality is a prerequisite for development.  – Kofi Annan

There is no development strategy more beneficial to society as a whole – women and men alike – than the one which involves women as central players.  – Kofi Annan

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On Business

Business, labor and civil society organizations have skills and resources that are vital in helping to build a more robust global community. – Kofi Annan

On People and Society

The Lord had the wonderful advantage of being able to work alone. – Kofi Annan

We need to keep hope alive and strive to do better. – Kofi Annan

On Democracy and Development

If information and knowledge are central to democracy, they are conditions for development. – Kofi Annan

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