Former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Dr Kofi Annan, and Dr. Ameyo Adadevoh were awarded the posthumous 2018 ECOWAS Prize of Excellence for their contributions to the region’s well-being.
The prizes were presented to representatives of their families at the 55th Summit of the ECOWAS Heads of State and Government on Saturday in Abuja.
The award was also presented to Madam Germaine Acogny, a Senegalese dancer and choreographer, for developing African dance and the creation of several dance schools in France and Senegal.
The wife of the former UN scribe, Nane Annan, a 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 August 18, 2018, was a Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh Secretary-General of the UN from Jan. 1997 to Dec. 2006.
He was a co-recipient of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize and was also the founder and chairman of the Kofi Annan Foundation.
Annan joined the UN in 1962, working for the World Health Organisation’s Geneva office.
Adadevoh was recognised for her contributions towards curbing the spread of the Ebola virus in Nigeria. She placed the patient, Patrick Sawyer, in quarantine despite pressures from the Liberian Government.
She subsequently tested positive for Ebola virus on August 4, 2014, and died five days later.