So this week I had the privilege of sitting in an audience at Yale, and hearing Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary General speak. He is such an incredible speaker, dignified and eloquent as well. Being Ghanaian, I was brimming with so much pride as he spoke of the role growing up in Ghana played in inspiring him. I was so glad he honored our country. After the speech, we (a group of Ghanaian students) rose high the flag of Ghana to catch his attention because we had tried effortlessly in the past to be granted a private audience with him after the talk, but due to “a tight schedule” and “security reasons” the Yale authorities will not let us. We still knew deep down that had he known a group of passionate, energy-filled, idea-motivated Ghanaians wanted to see him, he would wholeheartedly be open to having even a 5-minute conversation with us. Relentless in our pursuit to get his attention, he saw us raise the flag and immediately began smiling. After the talk, we gassed to the podium, each of us with a fervor we had never seen before. Although security tried to send us away, we had broken protocol, and Kofi Annan was keen on getting a picture with us. So yes, my heroes of Thursday 7th February, were the Ghanaians at Yale.
On another note, humor me! Is it just me or do all the heroes in the picture below actually look alike?! I have heard Morgan Freeman too come to speak at Yale and after Kofi Annan’s speech, I could not help but think, gosh y’all look similar! I am hopeful I’ll meet Soyinka too in the near future. lol. Even if you don’t agree they look alike, ,I feel they qualify as brothers. 🙂
And to extend the brotherhood a little further, is it me or the heroes below carry themselves in a strikingly similar manner?!
Articles worth reading: It’s Your World Now – Kofi Annan
Video worth watching: Kofi Annan at Yale