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Kofi Kingston


World Champion Kofi Nahaje Sarkodie-Mensah is a strong and confident #PowerInfluencer more commonly known as the True Kofi Kingston. He is the first African-born WWE Champion and a member of the very successful The New Day Group. (along with Big E and Xavier Woods on the SmackDown brand).

Kofi was born on August 14, 1981, in Kumasi, Ghana. After graduating from college, Sarkodie-Mensah decided to pursue a professional wrestling career. He began performing on the New England independent circuit as a Jamaican wrestler by the name of Kofi Nahaje Kingston. After signing a developmental deal with WWE in 2007, he shortened his ring name to “Kofi Kingston”. Kingston debuted in WWE in 2008 using the same Jamaican character. In late 2009, he started being billed from his home country of Ghana.

In 2014, Kingston formed The New Day team with fellow wrestlers Big E and Xavier Woods. The trio went on to break the record for the longest Tag Team Championship reign in WWE history when they held the WWE (Raw) Tag Team Championship. In April 2019, Kingston won the WWE Championship.

Kingston, under the nickname Mr. 24/7, frequently appears on fellow WWE wrestler, Xavier Woods’ YouTube channel UpUpDownDown. In 2017, he published The Book of Booty: Shake It. Love It. Never Be It with Big E and Xavier Woods.

Kofi Kingston aims to inspire people all around the world as a WWE Champion. He is working with UNICEF to spread goodwill across the world, beginning with a trip to his homeland of Ghana. Kingston use his standing and influence to encourage local Ghana youth to follow their dreams.

Journey by Numbers

  • 1981 – Born in Kumasi, Ghana.
  • 2006 – Official wrestling debut for Chaotic Wrestling.
  • 2007 – Performs as Jamaican persona – Kofi Kingston.
  • 2008 – Debut in WWE.
  • 2009 – Changed his personas origin from Jamaican to Ghanaian.
  • 2011 – Kingston won the WWE Tag Team Championship.
  • 2014 – Becomes a member of the winning team New Day.
  • 2016 – Became the longest-reigning WWE Tag Team Champions in history.
  • 2017 – Published The Book of Booty: Shake It. Love It. Never Be It with Big E and Xavier Woods.
  • 2019 – Became the first African-born WWE Champion.

About Ghana's Power Influencers

This is a campaign that serves to highlight the people who have a significant influence on social media, specifically on Ghanaian audiences. The aim is to highlight people who are not only using their influence for commercial gain, but also trying to promote messages of positivity.
This is a Who's Who in Ghana campaign project. If you would like to know more about the project and upcoming book just click the banner below.

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