Life is all about choices and the principles that motivate those choices. Nearly three years ago, I faced a daunting choice. My life-long desire has been to serve Kwesimintsim and Ghana. Studying for my PhD and working in the United Kingdom only heightened that desire. I had become convinced that with the right leadership and more sacrifice and hard work from all of us, we could become a first world country and hand over a better shot at life to our children. But when the University of Oxford came calling, I couldn’t help but pause. This was after all, the oldest university in the English speaking world and arguably the most prestigious. For a young man from Kwesimintsim, this was an unimaginable opportunity. I thought long and hard. I prayed. And I chose to serve my country. Patriotism won. Today, as I prepare to take an oath to serve my nation as a Member of Parliament, I can’t help but reflect on the choice. I know I did the right thing. And I hope that whenever we have to choose between our country and our personal comfort, we choose our country. Every time. That’s how we will make our country great and strong.