Kojo Asamoah-Caesar has become the first American of Ghanaian descent to be nominated for the US Congress.
The Ghanaian native polled 34, 380 votes to clinch the win on June 30, 2020, in the recent American primaries.
Sharing his story on Instagram, Kojo Asamoah-Caesar wrote:
When the primary election results come in on June 30, were we to win, it would represent a few firsts for a nominee in Oklahoma’s 1st Congressional District:
-First ever Black person to win nomination
-First ever first-generation American
-First ever Ghanaian-American
-First ever resident of North Tulsa
-Youngest ever Democratic nominee
I am well aware that I represent a threat to the established order in Oklahoma—to the status quo, to the way things have always been.
A commenter on one of my posts remarked: “I guess we have another Trouble Maker going to run for office. Tulsa doesn’t need anyone else stirring the pot. We have gotten along for too many years now to start trying to ignite trouble.” Well, as civil rights hero, John Lewis, often reminds us: “There’s nothing wrong with getting into some good trouble.” That’s how progress happens. Well behaved people rarely make history.
The time has come for us to be more devoted to justice than to unjust “law and order.” We must prefer a positive peace, which is the presence of justice, over a negative peace, which is the absence of tension.
Change is happening, because constructive conversations are taking place, on social media and around the kitchen table, and people are paying attention. This moment feels different.
In our personal lives we understand that growth happens when we get outside of our comfort zones. The same principle applies to our collective growth as a community.
We mustn’t fear nor resist change, because on the other side of it, is everything we’ve ever wanted—an America as good as its promise.
Kojo will be hoping to enter the US Congress after the General elections in November 2020. In the Brutish parliament, there are a good number of Ghanaian parliamentarians including Abena Oppong-Asare, Bell Ribeiro-Addy, Adam Afriyie and Kwasi Kwarteng.