“God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God”. (Matthew 5:9)
The world just lost one of the greatest leaders ever. Africa has lost its most illustrious son. I just lost one of the most important people in my life @Kofi Annan.
For the last 12 years I have worked with the man I simply called “Chief,” at times on a daily basis. Being my elder, I never called him Kofi, but when he would come on the line, it would always be “Strive, it’s Kofi. How are you? How are Tsitsi and the kids…”
We talked about everything and anything.
We discussed serious and grave situations: world peace, African crises, poverty, hunger, girls’ education, pandemics, food crises, elections, leaders, climate change…
We discussed them all. He was always looking to do something right away.
I worked with him on several international organizations, often at his invitation. I always saw myself as one of his foot soldiers. Just ready to do anything to help his work.
We started things together and drove initiatives together.
He was a quiet man of extraordinary humility and poise.
We also laughed and joked together because he had such a warm sense of humor.
He was my counselor, mentor, friend, father, confidant. All that… and more!
I loved him so dearly.
My family and I loved him to high heaven.
True, I’m kinda hurting right now but I know how to draw Comfort, so I will be fine.
To Nane, Kojo, Ama, Nina – my deepest heartfelt condolences. This man worked for peace, and henceforth shall be called:
# The world’s peacemaker from Africa!
Strive Masiyiwa is the founder and Executive Chairman of the Econet Group. He serves on several international boards including Unilever, and the Global Advisory boards of the Council on Foreign Relations and Stanford University. A board member of the Rockefeller Foundation for 15 years, he also serves as Chairman of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). He is a co-founder of the Carbon War Room, Pathways for Prosperity, and the Global Business Coalition on Education. He and his wife, Tsitsi, co-founded the Higherlife Foundation and are signators of the Giving Pledge.View all posts by Strive Masiyiwa