WWW Champion Kofi Kingston shared his excitement about visiting his country of birth for the first time in 23 years during a press conference.
“It means so much because I always feel a connection to Ghana. Always! Always different to be on Ghanaian soil.
“Again for me to be able to inspire young Ghanaian kids to follow their dreams is also important. To me, that’s the most important thing.
Again being here on Ghanaian soil is awesome. I feel like I am back home and it feels really good.”
The professional wrestler born Kofi Nahaje Sarkodie-Mensah is in Ghana for a 4-day visit.
Kingston is expected to meet Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the President of Ghana, and the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.
He would also visit Ejisu and Atwima Techiman, the birthplace of his parents.
Since bursting on the WWE scene in 2007, Kingston has established himself as one of WWE’s premier high-flyers. That, paired with his upbeat attitude, made him a perennial favourite of the WWE Universe as he racked up Intercontinental, the United States and Tag Team Championships.
Kingston also cemented his place in WWE history with a series of daredevil moments where he saved himself from elimination in several Royal Rumble Matches.
When he joined forces with Big E and Xavier Woods to form The New Day, though, no one could have guessed that the trio of unicorn horn-wearing, Booty-O-chomping Superstars would achieve the feats that they have in WWE. In fact, the WWE Universe despised them at first but soon grew to love them.
As a veteran member of the team, Kingston provides his wealth of knowledge to his younger compadres, and it has paid off. Not only has The New Day become one of the most popular factions in WWE history, but the boys have held multiple Tag Team Championships between their stints on Raw and SmackDown LIVE, including the longest reign in WWE history – an astonishing 483 days.
Kingston’s 11 years of hard work and dedication finally brought him to the dance at WrestleMania 35 where he challenged Daniel Bryan for the WWE Title. With the entire WWE Universe behind him, as well as his New Day brothers and the SmackDown locker room, Kofi beat Bryan to claim WWE’s ultimate prize. It just goes to show what the Power of Positivity can accomplish.