Kofi Atta Annan (8 April 1938 – 18 August 2018) was a Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations from January 1997 to December 2006. Annan and the UN were the co-recipients of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize. He was the founder and chairman of the Kofi Annan Foundation, as well as chairman of The Elders, an international organization founded by Nelson Mandela. 
“Kofi’s father was Henry Reginald Annan, a distinguished and influential Ghanaian known as “HR” to his friends. But who was his mother? Stanley Meisler, in his book, says that Kofi’s mother’s name was Victoria, while James Traub says that her name was Rose. In talking to family members, I learned that both were right.
Kofi’s younger brother, Kobina, filled in the details for me. “Victoria,” he told me, “was Henry Reginald’s ‘English-wedded wife.’” In other words, the head of the household, the backbone of the family, in the British tradition. But of his five children, only the second, Essie, was by Victoria. Kofi and his twin sister Efua were born to a Fante woman from the coast named Rose. And Kobina’s mother was named Ama.
Yet all of these children lived as a tightly-knit family in this Victorian Ghanaian household. When I asked the eldest daughter Nana Essie whether any of the other mothers entered Victoria’s home, she replied, “Oh no; no.” “ 
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