Where are you from?

I was born and raised in Accra, Ghana, West Africa.

What was it like growing up?

Growing up in Ghana was beautiful. Surrounded by nature and lots of family. I spent most of my childhood in school and playing football or as called in America, Soccer.

What brought you to Cleveland?

When I arrived in America, my mom’s job had relocated her to Cleveland and to make it easier for me to assimilate in the culture, we decided to completely move to Cleveland to be with her, she taught me my way around.

What were your first thoughts about coming to America? Did those change?

My first thought was “What a beauty!”. With all the technology, High-rise buildings and advancements, it felt good. I had never lived anywhere outside my home country which made it more memorable. It didn’t change, I still admire the beauty anytime I drive through the city of Cleveland.

What challenges did you face as an immigrant transitioning here?

Culture Shock. In my home country, power distances were great. Children and adults had clear cut roles. In America, everyone had a voice. No voice was too small to be heard so I had to adapt to let my voice be heard.

What is your occupation?

I am currently a student at Cleveland State University and paralegal at Margaret W. Wong & Associates LLC Attorneys at Law.

How have other Clevelanders made you feel welcomed?

I have made some good friends in Cleveland. Clevelanders have been good and tend to be more open to immigrants. Many people I meet are open to learning a thing or two about Ghana, where I am from.

What traditions or customs do you continue to practice?

I continue to hold on to my religion and practice the act of kindness, respect and humility to all persons irrespective of age, class or status. These are three very important aspects of the Ghanaian culture.

What do you love about Cleveland?

I love the passion for sports. How it brings us all together. Reminds me of Ghana

What is your favorite thing to do in Cleveland?

I like to walk along the lakes and in the parks. They have some pretty awesome places where one can get in tune with nature

What is the best thing about living in Cleveland?

The best thing to me is easy accessibility to education. Schools such as Cuyahoga Community College and Cleveland State amongst many others have given many immigrants like myself the opportunity to experience and attain quality and affordable education·

Why is Global Cleveland a great resource?

It is a great resource because it offers opportunities to people, particularly people with immigrant descent. Just by writing my story, it has granted me the opportunity to share with America, my immigrant story.

Why is it so important to welcome immigrants and refugees?

It is important to welcome immigrants and refugees because many come in only as a way to survive, fleeing from death and all sorts of hardships and oppression. To welcome an immigrant is to give hope and opportunity not only to that immigrant but to his/her younger generation and to provide them the opportunity to contribute to the growth of America. Immigrants are good people.

What suggestions do you have to make Cleveland a more welcoming community?

Cleveland should continue with the good work on showcasing cultures of other nationals and minorities. Colleges should continue the good works of hosting cultural shock events where people from other cultures have been able to represent their cultures. It helps educate and promote acceptance of other cultures.