Kofi Annan's father was half Asante and half Fante; his mother was Fante.
Kofi Annan was born on April 8, 1938, in Kumasi, Kumasi, Gold Coast (now Ghana), to Victoria and Henry Reginald Annan. Kofi Annan was born within minutes of his twin sister, Efua Atta. Kofi and his twin sister shared the same middle name, Atta, which means "twin" in Akan. Both of their grandfathers and uncle were tribal chiefs and they were raised in one of Ghana's aristocratic families.