Kofi Annan, the former Secretary General of the United Nations—the first Black African
Kofi Annan, the former Secretary General of the United Nations—the first Black African to hold the position, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001. Annan worked as a diplomat prior to accepting the position in 1997. He was awarded the prize (together with the U.N.) for his championing of causes like HIV/AIDS awareness and for his “work for a better organized and more peaceful world,” said the Nobel committee. As Secretary General, Annan also urged the US and UK not to enter into a war with Iraq.