Jamaica's own son Kofi Kingston in a rich display of national colours
Back in 2008, the BBC featured the fascinating story of Kofi Kingston; a professional wrestler claiming to be the first Jamaican wrestler with the multi-million dollar franchise the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).
To be frank, I have not watched the WWE since it was the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) before those pesky legal problems with the other WWF (World Wildlife Fund for Nature). Back in those days, the hottest wrestlers on the bill were The Undertaker, Bret 'Hitman' Hart and Shawn Michaels! Nevertheless, I was impressed that there was some young Caribbean representation in this eerily popular franchise. But...
- Apparently Kofi Kingston spoke with the worst Jamaican accent known to man
- Kofi's real name is Kofi Sarkodie-Mensah which sounds mysteriously like he was born on a Friday and hails straight from the hinterlands of Ghana
- Although a large number of Jamaicans can trace their ancestry directly to Ghana, Kofi Kingston looks uncannily like dozens of Ghanaian guys I know or see on the streets of Accra EVERYDAY!
- Kofi's mum was head of the Ghanaian-American Association and she claimed that Kofi was born in Ghana and not Jamaica.
So it appeared that poor Kofi Kingston was facing a cringe-worthy corporate-fueled identity crisis! Anyway, a couple of weeks ago I randomly tuned into the WWE on that new TV station eTV Ghana. Just as I was about to hop to another channel I heard:
"...hailing from Ghana, West Africa...Kofi Kingston!"
What? What happened to Trenchtown? What happened to the land of Bob Marley and reggae? According to the good people at Wikipedia, Kofi Kingston has been billed as coming from Ghana since October 2009.
So what brought about this change? 'Change' may just be the key word. Could the ephemeral spotlight shone on Ghana by the Obama family visit in July 2009 have had a ripple effect? Very possible.
Speaking of change, since the whole Jamaica facade has been dropped, isn't Kofi in need of a new ring name:
"Kofi Accra" ?
"Kofi Tamale" ?
"Kofi Kumasi" ?
"Kofi Koforidua" ?
"Kofi Kintampo" ?
I like the sound of Kofi Kintampo!
Those finely-toned buttocks could only be of Ghanaian origin!