Kofi Kingston becomes first Africa-born WWE world champion

Kofi Kingston becomes first Africa-born WWE world champion
American Kofi Kingston became the first Africa-born world champion in World Wrestling Entertainment this year, achieving the feat in front of 80,000 fans at Wrestlemania.

The 37-year-old who has been fighting for 11 years as a professional wrestler as gotten his biggest promotion, which has been laden with disappointments, setbacks and near misses.

Kofi Kingston, whose real name is Kofi Nahaje Sarkodie-Mensah, told Al Jazeera;

"My journey to this point has been a big struggle. But after all these years that WWE's been around, for me to be the first Africa-born champion is awesome,".
Kingston, who moved to the United States at the age of two, is back in Ghana this week for the first time in 26 years. He admits he could have done more to immerse himself in Ghana's culture but is desperate to make up for the lost time.
"To go back and reconnect with my roots is important. And now to go back as WWE champion, it means so much more … to be able to go and talk to kids and provide a sense of motivation and inspiration is so powerful."

But it remains to be seen how Kingston will be welcomed back in Ghana since he has not been in the public eye until now, according to Ghanaian sports writer Gary Al-Smith who added that things will depend very much on Kingston's actions rather than words.

Kingston began his wrestling career in 2005 on the independent circuit pretending to be a citizen of Jamaica.


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