“美国仍然是任何人都能成功的地方,” Alma Ohene-Opare 告诉福克斯新闻. 周五，他和他的妻子庆祝了他们成为公民的一周年纪念日。 17 生活年限, working and raising a family as an immigrant to the United States.
“为了我, American citizenship is not just being part of this culture, this society, not just being part of the place I’ve called home for the last almost 20 年份,” Ohene-Opare said. It’s also “about the values that undergird the founding of this country.”
The Ghanaian native fantasized about America for years as a child. 在 19, he finally had the opportunity to travel to the U.S. as a missionary for his church 在 2003.
He went on to earn both his bachelor’s degree and MBA in information technology from Brigham Young University, then worked at several tech companies, including Microsoft. 他 highlighted the importance of education, hard work and taking risks in his journey to success.
“By many, many respects, you could say that I have achieved the American dream,” Ohene-Opare said. “It didn’t come overnight, but I had to make very specific and deliberate decisions.”
Since becoming a citizen last year, the Ghanaian immigrant has dedicated his time talking about his love for his adopted home and his journey to achieve the American dream.
“I’ve been waiting half my life to become a citizen,” Ohene-Opare told Fox News. “It was something that I looked forward to, and I did not take it for granted when the opportunity came along.”
He said the person who interviewed him for his citizenship test was also from Ghana.
“巧合的是, I was put in the room with him and I saw the entire dream come full circle,” Ohene-Opare said. “This is the beauty of this American experiment.”
When he first came to the U.S. 在 2003, the country was experiencing a wave of patriotism in the wake of the Sept. 11 恐怖袭击. But even as that sentiment declined nationwide, Ohene-Opare’s love for America persisted.
“A lot of people have either lost faith in the American experiment or are questioning the role of America in the world,” 他说. “From my perspective as an immigrant, I love America not because America is perfect – I don’t believe that – but I believe that America was founded on principles that are necessary for the flourishing of man.”
“It’s unfortunate that patriotism has become a pejorative in some circles,” Ohene-Opare added. “It’s being looked on as some kind of xenophobic idea. If the source of patriotism is rooted in those immutable principles of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, then you cannot be xenophobic.”
He said he believes people resent foreigners or even citizens looking for handouts “because that’s not the essence of patriotism.”
Ohene-Opare also said he has always admired Americans’ patriotism.
“Patriotism was not something that we thought about a lot in my home country,” 他告诉福克斯新闻.
“Loving your country is the fuel that pushes the country forward,” Ohene-Opare continued. “A country with citizens that don’t love it is destined, 我相信, for failure.”
The immigrant shared a message for young Americans who do not believe the American dream exists: “You hold the key to the limits of your success.”
After becoming a citizen, Ohene-Opare quit his job and started a business – a Tinder-like app called UnstuQ meant to help couples find date ideas. He also wrote a book about his journey titled “American Privilege: An Immigrant’s Perspective on the Privilege of Becoming American.”
Ohene-Opare lives in Utah with his wife and four children.