Kojo Asamoa-Caesar, the first Ghanaian American nominee for the United States of America Congress has urged leaders across the world and current democracies to care more about the common good.
In an interview with Ghanaian academic , researcher and political communication analyst Etse Sikanku, Mr Asamoa-Caesar said societies must cultivate leaders who align with their national values.
Asamoa-Caesar won Oklahoma’s first Congressional District primaries for the Democratic party. He will go up against incumbent Keven Hern in the November 3 elections. In the process he has scored a number of firsts. He is the first Black nominee from Oklahoma’s Distric one to run for office.
He is the youngest ever Democratic nominee for the state of Oklahoma’s first Congressional District. He’s also the first resident of North Tulsa to be nominee for his district. And very significantly, he is the first Ghanaian American nominee for Congress.
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His win has been touted as inspiring especially at a time of widespread concerns about racial injustice and limited opportunities for minorities in America. Kojo says leadership is very critical the success of any community. He called on citizens to elect leaders who care about their communities.
“…we have to elect public servants who care more about the common good and the public interest than they do about their own self-interest”, he said.
Asamoa-Caesar asserted that leadership is about the people. He said for democracy to work leadership matters. He explained that selecting leaders with the right values was very important for democracy to matter and to work effectively.
“You can have all the right sounding values on paper but if you do not cultivate great leaders with values that are aligned to these statements on paper, you are not going to have a thriving democracy. This is about leaders and it’s about people, he said.
Many Ghanaians who joined in the conversation were of full admiration and support for Kojo Asamoa-Caesar expressing their best wishes to him in the Congressional election.
The candidate added that he believed education is always a great game changer.
He has made revamping education one of the major pillars of his vision for his district among others. He said the values of kindness and togetherness are things he picked up during his formative years in Ghana which have stayed with him till date.