Catherine Afeku

Minster for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Catherine Afeku says Kofi Annan, the former Secretary-General will be honoured forever.

Speaking at the forecourt of the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC), where the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations has been laid-in-state, Mrs Afeku described him as a “consummate diplomat and an honourable person who will forever remain in history.

She further said, he was an illustrious son who cared for world peace.

“He was a true African. His behaviour meant he was a consummate diplomat. We have lost an illustrious son. He is an honourable person and it will remain history that we buried an illustrious son in the continent…”

Asked if his demise will cause an effect in the tourism industry, Madam Afeku answered in the affirmative insisting that people will travel from all over the world to see the global icon’s final resting place.


“He has made his name. People will come to Ghana to look at his tomb. These are the things that will enhance and boost the transportation of our export…” she said.

The second day of the final funeral rites for Kofi Atta Annan, former Secretary-General has commenced at the Accra International Conference Centre today.

Former ministers of state, Members of the diplomatic corps, Members of Parliament, Ministers of state, Members of the Council of State, Members of the Mfantsipim Old Boys Association, Chiefs and Queen mothers are expected to pay their last respect to the global icon.

Members of the traditional council, Chiefs and Queen mothers, the Akwamuhene and his delegation including that of Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II will also past Mr Annan’s remains.

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  1. Ow OK she has said a good thing so now viewing a casket is a tourist attraction?? Marvelous then please on hi burial day all casket makers should come and display the work y. tourist would pay to watch them SMH

  2. Non citizens have travelled to Ghana for the funeral and more will travel to view his final resting place. These people will spend and sleep in hotels. This is a boost to our tourism industry.

  3. Her reply is completely inappropriate.
    Politically what she is saying is that her NPP government welcomes the death of one of the best statesmen to have come from Africa as an opportunity for exploitation.
    Death is cruel. More so, it is shocking and can be utterly devastating to family and friends, whose mourning and greater loss are still fresh and ongoing. It is during this time that we traditionally speak to comfort and express fellow feeling so that the impact of their and our shocks are alleviated.
    For the state to consider using this as a photo opportunity to advertise for tourism in Ghana is beyond contempt and completely despicable.
    Madam Afekwu is displaying childish contemptible behaviour.Talking without thinking. And to the Press?
    She had no reason to say what she said apart from hoping that people will feel attracted to travel huge distances from foreign lands with their incalculably harmful carbon footprints thronging to dump US dollars in Ghana.
    It makes me question her maturity and sense of propriety.
    I am disappointed.

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