PHOTOS: World leaders, others attend Kofi Annan’s state funeral

World dignitaries laid to rest former UN secretary general Kofi Annan in his native Ghana on Thursday, with calls to keep alive the legacy of a “stubborn optimist” to create a better, more peaceful world.

His widow Nane Maria led hundreds of mourners, including world leaders past and present, traditional rulers and global royalty, and called her husband an “extraordinary” person who had a “joy of life”.

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An artist works on a portrait of Kofi Annan outside the Accra International Conference Centre during the funeral ceremony.
Extended family members of Kofi Annan arrive for the funeral ceremony.
The chief of Ghana’s Ashanti region arrives to attend the funeral ceremony.

Pallbearers carry the coffin of Kofi Annan during the funeral service at the Accra International Conference CentreFormer president of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama, arrives for the funeral ceremony of Kofi Annan
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