Amidu was born in Sierra Leone where, as a child, he played basketball and football, but where there were no organized sports activities. The government was British, so English was spoken at home and in school. Amidu also speaks two tribal languages – Creole and Mende.
After attending primary and secondary school, Amidu worked for two different companies for about fifteen years before resigning and starting up his own company, with stores all over the country. Throughout Amidu's adult life, he used his hands to provide for his family and to build his business.
But in 1991, civil war broke out and lasted about ten years. His business was quickly depleted and he lost everything. Then in 2003 the government offered Amidu a job as a senior mines training officer and he worked there till 2015, when he decided to immigrate to America to be with his daughter and grandchildren. Amidu's son and his family are still in Sierra Leone, along with other relatives. So now Amidu uses his hands to hold his iPhone as he FaceTimes with his son and family.
“It’s not easy to leave everybody. I have been in Mankato about 17 months and now am moving again. To fit in a new country takes time.”