The Cleveland Browns have linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah. In addition to showcasing his unique sense of style, his pregame attire, which draws inspiration from Ghanaian and other African cultures, transports us all to a region rarely seen in American professional sports.
Owusu-Koramoah was raised in a devout and orderly family. A year before Owusu-Koramoah was born, in 1998, his mother and father who was born in Ghana met in England. They later relocated to Hampton, Virginia.
Owusu-Koramoah was raised Christian by his parents, despite having Muslim or other religious relatives. This meant that he had to get up early every morning to pray and abstain from certain vices like drinking, smoking, swearing, and going out.
Proverbs 22:6—”Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it”—was the model for their parenting approach.
Although he was skilled enough to be offered basketball scholarships by historically Black universities such as Virginia Military Institute and University of Maryland Eastern Shore, football was always going to be his destiny—a coach had seen it in him when he was still a young player.
Owusu-Koramoah’s first love was basketball, even though he went on to become an All-State linebacker in high school, an All-American, and the recipient of the Butkus Award, which is given to the best linebacker in the country, at Notre Dame.
Owusu-Koramoah wasn’t really raised in a Ghanaian home, despite his love of flaunting his Ghanaian culture. The house that Owusu-Koramoah shared with his mother and siblings was not his father’s.
Even so, his father chose to concentrate on the opportunities that a life in America offered his kids rather than teaching him about their family history.
Owusu-Koramoah feels that having his Ghanaian identity as a gift was sufficient education, and that he didn’t need his father to teach him anything else.
In any case, he eventually became friends with Ghanaian educators and his father, who taught him about the religion, philosophy, principles, and fashion of the country.
He is actively promoting Ghana, his motherland, and Africa in general. He shows up to nearly all of his games dressed in traditional and cultural attire.
Owusu uses them not just for the red carpet but also to educate his followers on his gorgeous and vibrant wardrobe selections on social media.
After learning so much about his culture and himself over the years, Owusu-Koramoah made the decision to use his position as a professional football player and the attention it garnered to share the qualities that set him apart.