Kofi Kingston is the first African-born world champion in WWE history. Real name Kofi Nahaje Sarkodie-Mensah, Kingston was born in Kumasi in 1981. He moved with his family to the U.S., settling in Massachusetts where he went to school.
After graduating, Kingston decided to venture into professional wrestling and began performing on the New England independent circuit as a Jamaican wrestler by the name of Kofi Nahaje Kingston. He signed a developmental deal with WWE in 2006 and shortened his ring name to Kofi Kingston.