American Dream Very Alive, Ghanaian Immigrant, Entrepreneur Says First Anniversary Of US Citizenship

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Eighteen years after moving to the country, a West African immigrant is still gushing about the United States and firmly believes the American dream is alive and well.

“America is still that place where anyone can make it,” Alma Ohene-Opare told Fox News. He and his wife celebrated their first anniversary of citizenship on Friday after living, working and raising a family in the United States for 17 years as immigrants.

“For me, American citizenship is not just being part of this culture, this society, not just being part of the place that I’ve called home for almost 20 years,” Ohene-Opare said. It is also “about the values ​​that underpin the founding of this country”.

Born in Ghana, he dreamed of America for years as a child. At the age of 19 he finally had the opportunity to travel to the USA in 2003 as a missionary for his church.

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Alma Ohene-Opare and his wife swore allegiance and became US citizens.
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He then earned both his bachelor’s degree and his MBA in information technology from Brigham Young University and went on to work at several technology companies, including Microsoft. He emphasized the importance of education, hard work and taking risks on his path to success.

“In many, many aspects, you could say I’ve achieved the American Dream,” said Ohene-Opare. “It didn’t come overnight, but I had to make very specific and conscious decisions.”

Since becoming a citizen last year, the Ghanaian immigrant has spent his time speaking about his love for his adopted country and his journey towards realizing the American Dream.

“I’ve waited half my life to become a citizen,” Ohene-Opare told Fox News. “It was something I was looking forward to and I didn’t take it for granted when the opportunity presented itself.”

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He said the person who interviewed him for his citizenship test was also from Ghana.

“Incidentally, I was brought into the room with him and I saw the entire dream close,” Ohene-Opare said. “That’s the beauty of this American experiment.”

Alma Ohene-Opare wears a shirt that reads

Alma Ohene-Opare wears a shirt that reads “I am Proud of my American Privilege.”
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When he first came to the United States in 2003, the country was experiencing a surge of patriotism following the September 11 terrorist attacks. But even as that sentiment waned nationwide, Ohene-Opare’s love for America lingered.

“Many people have either lost faith in the American experiment or are questioning America’s role in the world,” he said. “From my perspective as an immigrant, I don’t love America because America is perfect — I don’t think so — but I do believe that America was founded on principles necessary for humankind to thrive.”

“It is unfortunate that patriotism has become a deprecation in some quarters,” Ohene-Opare added. “It’s seen as a kind of xenophobic idea. When the source of patriotism is rooted in these immutable principles of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, then one cannot be xenophobic.”

Alma Ohene-Opare poses with an American flag on the day he became a US citizen.

Alma Ohene-Opare poses with an American flag on the day he became a US citizen.
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He said he believes people resent foreigners or even citizens who seek handouts “because that’s not the essence of patriotism.”

Ohene-Opare also said he’s always admired American patriotism.

“Patriotism was something we didn’t give much thought to in my home country,” he told Fox News.

“Love for your country is the fuel that drives the country forward,” Ohene-Opare continued. “A country with citizens who don’t love it is, in my view, doomed.”

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The immigrant shared a message for young Americans who don’t 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 company — a Tinder-like app called UnstuQ designed to help couples find date ideas. He also wrote a book about his journey called American Privilege: An Immigrant’s Perspective on the Privilege of Becoming American.

Ohene-Opare lives in Utah with his wife and four children.

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