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 academic, researcher and political communication analyst Etse Sikanku, Mr Asamoa-Caesar said societies must cultivate leaders who align with their national values.

“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.

Mr 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.

Mr Asamoa-Caesar is the first Black nominee from Oklahoma’s District one to run for office and 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.

His win has been touted as inspiring especially at a time of widespread concerns about racial injustice and limited opportunities for minorities in America.

Mr Asamoa-Caesar asserted that leadership is very critical to the success of any community, therefore, electing the right leaders is very paramount.

He further indicated that leadership is about the people, adding that for democracy to work leadership must work as well.

 “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.