WWE champion Kofi Kingston calls on Akufo-Addo Featured

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says he believes that the zeal and determination demonstrated by Kofi Kingston, the Ghanaian-born professional wrestler who was recently crowned World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Champion, are worthy of emulation by Ghana’s youth.

Brought joy

Welcoming Mr Kingston to Jubilee House in Accra yesterday, President Akufo-Addo said his arrival in the country had brought much joy, especially to those who have been following him ‒ including the President himself.

“I was very proud to see the work that you are doing and the success that you are having. It is a good advertisement for Ghana. So keep it up. You know you have the support of 30 million people here in Ghana,” the President said.

He said he was optimistic that the example Kingston is setting by being persistent and determined will be a good model for young Ghanaians.

The President said he believed the visit by Mr Kingston, who will be in the country for four days, will touch the hearts of Ghanaians and others who aspire to achieve greatness in their endeavours.

Year of Return

Kofi Kingston, for his part, said he was delighted to be back home after 26 years. Having heard a great deal about the President from his mother, and the good things he is doing for the growth of Ghana, he said, he was very optimistic his presence would help propel the country to greater heights.

He commended the President for his Year of Return initiative.

“In the United States most of us talk about wanting to go back to Africa but no one has ever invited us to come.

“So, thank you for taking the initiative to invite us here. It makes us feel more welcome,” he said.

The champ’s hopes

Mr Kingston said it had been a long, hard journey over 11 years to becoming a WWE champion and he is delighted that his victory has coincided with the Year of Return.

“My hope in being the WWE Champion is to spread the word and let people know what Ghana is all about, because Ghana is great,” he said.

He later presented a commemorative WWE title belt to the President.

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