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ECOWAS Honours Dr. Stella Adadevoh, Kofi Annan Posthumously At 55th Ordinary Session

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) awarded its 2018 Prize of Excellence posthumously to a former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan and Dr Ameyo Adadevoh for their contributions to region’s well-being.

The prize was presented to representatives of their families at the 55 Summit of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government on Saturday in Abuja the capital city of Nigeria.

The award was also presented to Madam Germaine Acogny, a Senegalese dancer and choreographer responsible for developing African Dance and the creation of several dance schools in France and Senegal.

The wife of the former UN secretary-general, Nane Annan, the son of Adadevoh, Bankole Cardoso and Acogny received the awards and cash prizes of 20,000, $10,000 and $15,000 each.

Annan, who died on Aug. 18, 2018 was a former Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh Secretary-General of the UN from Jan. 1997 to Dec. 2006.

He and the UN were the co-recipients of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize and was also the founder and chairman of the Kofi Annan Foundation.

Annan work in several capacities at the UN Headquarters including serving as the Under-Secretary-General for peacekeeping between March 1992 and Dec. 1996.

Also, Adadevoh who was confirmed to test positive for Ebola virus disease on Aug. 4, 2014, and was being treated, died on Aug. 19, 2014.

She is renowned for her contributions towards curbing the spread of Ebola virus in Nigeria by placing the patient zero, Patrick Sawyer, in quarantine despite pressures from the Liberian government.

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