Togo Grieves Former Prime Minister as Africa Remembers Ex-OAU Chief


At the moment, the government and citizens of Togo grieve for the death of Edem Kodjo. Edem was the ex-Prime minister of the West African country. He served the country as a prime minister for three years. He spent two stings under former president Gnassingbe Eyadema- from 1994 to 1996 and again from 2005 to 2006. A year before, he also led several ministerial posts.

According to the news, Kodjo passed away at the age of eighty-two. He spends his last moments in the French capital-Paris on Saturday, 11th April. Reports say that the former diplomat died after a long battle with illness. The current Togo Foreign minister passed his condolences on Twitter.

Mr. Edem prolific legacy

As stated above, Kodjo was a real diplomat to the people of Togo. For instance, he also served as a minister of Finance from 1976 to 1978. Additionally, Edem was once a minister of foreign affairs from 1976 to 1978. Later in 1978, he was elected as the Secretary-General of the Organization of African Unity (OAU). The elections took place in Khartoum on 18th to 22nd July 1978.

Mr. Edem took over the Organization of African Unity leadership from Eteki Mboumoua, also a diplomat from Cameroon. Eteki reputation is sensational as he dismantled the Portuguese empire in Africa. At the age of eighty-three, he passed away in the Cameroonian city, Yaoundé. Eteki died in October 2016.

African leaders come forth to mourn their legend in Togo

Minister Robert Dussey passed his regards to Edem’s family. Besides, he says that the late will always be a significant reference for the entire African community. Similarly, the current African Union Commission head, Moussa Faki, says Kodjo was a brilliant African intellectual, a determined knight of peace, and a distinguished statesman.

The AU chairperson also says that Edem’s death was painful. He passed his sincere and deep condolences to Kodjo family, to the citizens of Togo as well as African people. Mr. Faki hopes that Edem’s example will continue to inspire the continent. Namibian, as well as Malian president (Hage Geingob and Ibrahim Keita), were also among the African leaders who reacted to the death.

The Namibian president says Africa has lost a refined intellectual as well as a vital leader. He also says Edem contributed much to a peaceful and better Africa. It shows how Kodjo was a great leader and a role model for the whole of Africa and upcoming leaders.


Besides being the chief of the Organization of African Unity until 1983, Edem also returned to France to resume his academic pursuit at the University of Sorbonne. Later, the AU named him ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo during the electoral calamity in the late years of Kabila’s command.

The whole of Africa has lost an outstanding leader, but this is the time to implement the good characters we learned from Mr. Edem. Rest in peace, Kodjo, you have been a good leader as well as a role model, especially to the upcoming youths.



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