Kofi Kingston Reflects On Trip To Ghana

Kofi Kingston concluded a 4-day trip to his home country of Ghana recently.

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WWE Champion Kofi Kingston

WWE Champion Kofi Kingston returned to Ghana for the first time in 26 years last week. Kingston was born in the country but moved to the Boston area when he was younger. He was born Kofi Nahaje Sarkodie-Mensah in 1981 in the city of Kumasi.

Kofi’s trip to Ghana lasted from May 30th to June 2nd. Camera crews were present and a documentary featuring Kofi’s trip is expected to air on the WWE Network at a later date.

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On a bit of a more somber note, in Accra, we visited Osu Castle, also known as Fort Christiansborg. Over the course of history, this was a place where a lot was traded: gold, ivory, mirrors, alcohol, among other things. However, most significantly, was the trading of slaves. • We toured many of the castle‘s holding chambers. It was incredibly difficult to imagine one being forced to live in such dismal and dreary conditions with little to no light and very limited ventilation. It was even more trying to imagine the many unfortunate souls who died in transition during this inhumane process. • This picture is of an area of the castle known as “The Door of No Return”. This was the final door in which slaves would walk through, leading them to the slave ships that would carry them across the world, away from Ghana forever. • I felt it was very important the take a moment to stand there and take in the melancholic energy in a place where so many lives were cast into fearful uncertainty, having been ripped away from their husbands, wives, children and homeland. • As harsh, sorrowful, or angering as our history may be, it is our history nonetheless and it is essential that we familiarize ourselves with it’s details. • The encouraging piece is that in this present day and age, many have come to know this door as “The Door of Return” as the descendants and diaspora of the slaves have come back to visit and experience Osu Castle centuries later. • Also up until recently, Osu castle served as the location of the Ghanaian Presidency, essentially converting a location that was historically oppressive, instead to a location where laws were created and actions were taken to benefit the people Ghana. • Embracing our history is a very powerful way that we can connect with our roots. I’m grateful to have had this experience that I can now share with all of you. • • • #ghana #wwe24 #OsuCastle #christiansborg

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Kofi Kingston In Ghana

Kingston’s last match before leaving for Ghana was on the May 28th edition of Smackdown. He defeated Kevin Owens on the show. The previous week, Kingston defeated Sami Zayn on Smackdown.

As of this writing, Kingston has held the WWE Championship for 57 days. He’s defended the title successfully 4x. He went to a no-contest with Seth Rollins on the RAW after Mania, then defeated Daniel Bryan in a title match on the May 6th episode of RAW.

Kingston beat AJ Styles and Sami Zayn in a triple threat title match on the May 7th edition of Smackdown and then beat Kevin Owens at Money in the Bank.