Former U.S. Marine, author and businessman Tchicaya Missamou will speak and sign copies of his memoir, “In the Shadow of Freedom: A Heroic Journey to Liberation, Manhood and America,” at the Campus Center at the University of West Georgia on Oct. 11 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Missamou was born in Brazzaville, Congo, where civil war disrupted his childhood. He became a child soldier and later used his military connections to ferry white diplomats out of the country, an enterprise that earned him great wealth but left his family brutalized.
Missamou fled the country in 1997 and eventually made it to the United States. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps, where his military deployments included Iraq.
After becoming a U.S. citizen, Missamou returned to Congo to rescue his family. He ended up captured, beaten, shot and jailed. Missamou was able to escape and returned to the United States.
He founded Warrior Fitness, a high-end personal training facility in Valencia, Calif. He lives in Santa Clarita, Calif., with is wife and three children.
The International Student Club is sponsoring the event, which will be in the Campus Center Ballroom 108.1 & 2.
The event is free and open to the public.