In photos: Ghanaians pay last respects to Kofi Annan ahead of funeral

Updated 2:42 PM ET, Tue September 11, 2018
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Soldiers carry the coffin of late Ghanaian diplomat Kofi Atta Annan on the tarmac of Kotoka International Airport in Accra on September 10, 2018.

His body will remain at Accra Conference Center until the burial which will take place on Thursday, September 13 in Accra.
Annan was born in Kumasi, Ghana in 1938. He died on August 18, 2018 in Switzerland after a short illness. He was 80. Annan was the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations, serving from 1997 to 2006.
Soldiers from the Ghanaian military stand to attention as the plane carrying the remains of the late diplomat arrived on the tarmac of Kotoka International Airport. CRISTINA ALDEHUELA/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Annan's widow Nane Maria Annan (4thL) standing with other family members as Annan's body is welcome and the President of Ghana Nana Akufo-Addo. CRISTINA ALDEHUELA/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
A billboard in Accra announcing the celebration of life of Kofi Annan. Funerals are huge affairs in Ghana and are celebrated, particularly when the person has died in old age. CRISTINA ALDEHUELA/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Some family members pictured wearing the black and red mourning robes typically worn during funeral rites. CRISTINA ALDEHUELA/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
The former UN Secretary General is being given a state funeral on Thursday September 13. There will also be ceremonies at the UN building in New York and Geneva later in September. CRISTINA ALDEHUELA/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Billboards featuring Kofi Annan are displayed at the entrance of Accra International Conference Center where Annan's coffin is lying in state. CRISTINA ALDEHUELA/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Mourners from across the country gathered to pay their last respects to the late diplomat. CRISTINA ALDEHUELA/AFP/AFP/Getty Images