WATCH: Body of Kofi Annan receives hero's welcome upon landing in Ghana

Ghanaian soldiers carry the coffin of late Ghanaian diplomat Kofi Annan covered with the Ghanaian flag on the tarmac of Kotoka International Airport in Accra. (AFP)
Ghanaian soldiers carry the coffin of late Ghanaian diplomat Kofi Annan covered with the Ghanaian flag on the tarmac of Kotoka International Airport in Accra. (AFP)

The body of former UN secretary general Kofi Annan received a hero's welcome upon landing at Kotoka International Airport in Ghana's capital.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was with Annan's widow and family members on Monday as uniformed soldiers brought Annan's coffin down from the aircraft amid solemn music played by a detachment of Ghana's armed forces. Prayers followed.

To signify Annan's return home, the UN flag covering the coffin was replaced by a Ghanaian one.

Annan will lie at the Accra International Conference Centre, where people can pay their respects in the days before Thursday's state funeral.

Annan died in August in Switzerland at age 80.

The grandson of tribal chiefs, he was the first black African to work as UN secretary general, and was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize.

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