Interview with Kennedy Boateng, November 4, 2016

Project: African Immigrants in the Bluegrass Oral History Project

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Kennedy Boateng describes growing up and going to primary and secondary school in Accra, Ghana, attending the University of Cape Coast, doing national service as a math teacher, teaching in Botswana and subsequently coming in 1998 to the U.S. where he had a brother. He discusses how initially living in New York was stressful and expensive which led him to Lexington where he had a classmate from university. He describes first working at Walmart, trying teaching, and driving a taxi for a number of years. He tells about his wife who had never gone to secondary school passing the GED, and obtaining her CNA, LPN and eventually her RN. He talks about his two older biological children, two younger African-American foster children now adopted, and the family differences between Ghana and the U.S. He discusses helping establish a Nepalese church, his involvement with Grace Fellowship and current efforts to start a local African church. He sees himself as an established homeowner, taxpayer and contributing member of the Lexington community.

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2016oh419_aitb035

Interviewee Name

Kennedy Boateng

Interviewer Name

Jack Wilson

Interview Date

2016-11-04

Interview LC Subject

Families Education Employment

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Boateng, Kennedy Interview by Jack Wilson. 04 Nov. 2016. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Boateng, K. (2016, November 04). Interview by J. Wilson. African Immigrants in the Bluegrass Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Boateng, Kennedy, interview by Jack Wilson. November 04, 2016, African Immigrants in the Bluegrass Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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