How to say: Kofi Annan
A guide to words and names in the news, from Catherine Sangster of the BBC Pronunciation Unit.
"Today's news-related pronunciation is an apparently simple name, often mispronounced: UN secretary-general Kofi Annan.
The pronunciation is KOH-fi AN-an, with the stress on the first syllable of the surname. We have the best possible source for this pronunciation; it is how he said his name himself during his swearing-in ceremony in 1996."
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