by michael eli dokosi/www.blakkpepper.com/ghana
It has taken eleven years of being in the wrestling business for Ghanaian born America based wrestler, Kofi Nahaje Sarkodie-Mensah better known by his ring name Kofi Kingston to emerge as the first African World Champion in the WWE after winning the WWE Championship at the World’s Biggest Pro Wrestling event, WrestleMania.
Kingston beat Daniel Bryan in a grueling match which required he dug deep to counter Bryan’s ferocious attacks at WrestleMania 35 at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.
A delighted Kingston flanked by his New Day team mates Big E and Xavier Woods submitted after the win:
“It’s so emotional. Like, you work so hard to get here and sometimes you work as hard as you can and things aren’t going your way, you know? And you don’t know if the hard work is going to pay off. It’s paying off right now. It just feels surreal. It feels like a legitimate dream. … I feel like I’m in a dream, and I don’t want to wake up.”
Kofi has enjoyed tremendous warmth, goodwill and support from the WWW universe who watched tentatively while Bryan had the upper hand in moments of the game till Kingston turned the tide dropping a super overhead kick connecting with the head of Bryan dazing him for Kingston to tame him for the count.
Kofi Nahaje Sarkodi-Mensah was born on August 14, 1981 in Kumasi. After graduating from Boston College, he decided to pursue a professional wrestling career starting out as a Jamaican wrestler by the name of Kofi Nahaje Kingston. The 38-year-old who made his professional debut in 2006.
Prior to winning the WWE belt, Kingston together with his New Day mates emerged the longest-reigning Tag Team Champions in history after holding the WWE title for 954 cumulative days. Kingston has also won over 15 total championships as a solo act.
He is now a one-time WWE Champion, a four-time Intercontinental Champion, a three-time United States Champion and an eight-time world tag team champion.
He is the first African-born world champion in WWE history as well as its 30th Triple Crown Champion and 20th overall Grand Slam Champion (13th under the current format).