From Refugee Camps to Finding a Home Among the Hills: WVU LB Lee Kpogba's Journey
The trip that WVU's new MIKE linebacker Lee Kpogba endured to play at Milan Puskar Stadium is one for the books.
On November 19, 2000, Lee Nyan Kpogba was born in the West African country of Ghana.
He never could have imagined, two decades later, there would be a spot for him across the Atlantic Ocean, on Syracuse University's football roster.
When Kpogba was two years old, he and his father Samuel emigrated from Ghana en route to a refugee camp in nearby Liberia, along Africa's Ivory Coast. The Kpogba men left behind Lee's mother Irene in Liberia and headed for the freedom of the United States; excluding Facebook messages and long-distance phone calls, a young Lee grew up largely without her influence.