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With basketball being relatively new to Ghana,
it was a mystery to some as to how such a star
came out of the country and into The Woods.
My mom is my biggest inspiration and fan. My
sport in Ghana was soccer. Then, my mom and I
made a bet. She said if I got my name known in
Ghana for basketball, she would buy me a car.”
Safe to say, he got his car.
Anyone’s voyage to college can be scary; moving
cities, and sometimes states, parting with your
loved ones, being on your own. We’ve all done
it, and we all know how terrifying it is to be
completely out of your comfort zone.
Now imagine changing countries to complete
your collegiate career. Then imagine transferring
again across the country to find yourself in
Fulton, Mo.
Since coming to the United States in 2008, Daniel
Armah, the 25-year-old senior post player for
William Woods University, has just about done it
all. From journeying all the way to America from
his hometown of Ghana, West Africa, to finding
himself in Wisconsin, then to Jefferson City, and
finally to Fulton, he has certainly experienced
more than the average student-athlete.
My dad has three degrees, and my mom is
working on her second degree. So I’m just trying
to play catch-up.”
The 6-foot-7 senior has his goals set; with
one degree already under his belt, Armah
will graduate in May with majors in sports
management and management information
systems (MIS).
I have to go back home and see what is there for
me when I get done with school. My parents want
me to work in my family (textile) business, but I
don’t think that’s for me,” Armah said. “I have
four sisters. I’m the only boy. I want to do things
for myself.”
With possible plans to stay in the states and find a
city more fitting for his career path, the basketball
star has a lot to reflect on regarding his athletic
career and everything he has found in America.
My favorite part about America is the people.
And the fast food. I love McDonalds. We don’t
have much fast food in Ghana,” Armah said. “In
Ghana we cook all the time; I like to cook a lot. All
the people there like to cook for every occasion, so
when I came to America … the fast food was my
thing. No snow though, I don’t like the snow.”
This is my
foundation—
here at
WilliamWoods.”
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| The Hoot
April 2013
a real globe trotter
By Sam Parsons
Contributing Writer
My mom was a national volleyball player, and
she was the one who started coaching me. I started
to get real good, and then went to competitions,
and then I got recruited.”
Though thousands of miles away, his mom
followed his games online, calling him afterward
to give him her take on the 40 minutes played
that night.
One day she called me after a game, telling me
about how bad the passes were,” Armah said.
With a support system so far away, Armah has
proven to be an extremely motivated individual.
As a freshman in a junior college in Wisconsin,
he decided he didn’t enjoy the cold or the urban
nature, so he tried again the next year at Lincoln
University in Jefferson City.
The school was nice, but I’m an international
student. I need help. They didn’t do much for me
so I wanted to find a new school. Then I came with
my friend, Josh, here to William Woods. I first met
Seth (Thomas) and Matt (Helle) and I was, like,
man, let me try to play with them. I like the way
these guys are,’” Armah said.
William Woods’ student Daniel Armah tells of his journey from Ghana, Africa
to Mid-Missouri in pursuit of playing college basketball