My name is Enoch Nii Dotey Glover, I left Ghana, West Africa when I was just 10 years old. My parents moved to the United States, leaving me behind with my extended family... It took some time for them to establish themselves in their new home before they could bring me over.
Growing up in Ghana was an amazing experience. The people there were so warm and welcoming. Everyone respected each other and looked out for one another's well-being no matter who you were or where you came from. People treated each other like family - even if we weren't related by blood - which made Ghana feel like a big community of brothers and sisters united by shared values of kindness, respect, and loyalty towards one another.
When I arrived here in the US, however, things felt quite different than what I had grown accustomed to in Ghana. There seemed to be more emphasis on individualism rather than collective unity; everyone seemed busy doing their own thing without taking into consideration how it might affect those around them. Despite this disconnection, I kept my head held high as best as possible. Coming all the way to the US meant having a chance at something bigger than what would have been possible back home and myself—an opportunity for growth and success on my own terms that wasn't tied down based on where someone grew up or whom their family was connected with.
Making a difference has become such an important priority for me now that I am older. Nothing will ever replace the love I feel for Ghana and my people.