University of Zambia political scientist Lee Habasonda says late former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan was a symbol of a competent African global leader.
Mr. Habasonda has told ZNBC news that Mr. Annan’s professional life triggered a new level of confidence and ambition amongst black Africans.
He says Mr. Annan has proved that an African can just be as competent as any other human being coming from any part of the world.
Mr. Habasonda says the late UN secretary-general worked well without prejudice as he moved to make peace around the globe.
He has further described the late former UN secretary general as a symbol of African integrity.
Mr. Annan was the first black African to lead the United Nations.
Kofi Atta Annan and his sister, Efua Atta, were born in the city of Kumasi in what was then Gold Coast in April 1938.
In 1997, at the age of 59, Mr. Annan succeeded Boutros Boutros-Ghali as UN secretary-general after working as under secretary-general.
He died on Saturday at the age of 80.