And the years add up. Amidou came to Cincinnati in 1991, the summer after he completed his bachelor’s degree in applied linguistics, English, American and African literature and civilization at Université du Bénin, Lomé, Togo. He joined UC in 1992 and started teaching as a graduate assistant while working on his doctorate in French/Francophone literature, culture and civilization from RALL. He received his doctorate from UC in 2002 and began teaching as an adjunct.
Amidou stayed in the city and at UC, he says, because, “I feel I have a calling,” and he’s represented that calling through a combination of service to academia and community: Amidou has taught at UC for over two decades all levels of French language as well as French literature, culture and civilization and teaches at several other regional institutions of higher learning.