“As a member of this community here in Nalerigu; to have our community accept us, we are so excited that we did this on their behalf. It was a real joy.”
William Haun, father of Roger Haun III, award-winning unicyclist said when he spoke to Mark Smith on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East Show today, Thursday, August 11, 2022.
Mr. Haun, a proud father continued to say, “we were so excited, even surprised to see him succeed in that way. As a father, of course, I am very proud of him. We trained very hard for this competition.”
Mr. Haun, a freelance photographer and “a historic buff” first visited Ghana with his wife, then a medical student, in 2007.
“We came back over subsequent years for short visits. My son was a very small boy at the time. Then in 2014, so 8 years ago, we settled here permanently,” he added.
Mr. Haun’s wife is a surgeon attached to the Baptist Mission Centre. “That is our life. [We are] working here with the people, serving the region,” the freelance photographer said.
Mr. Haun said his life in Ghana has been pleasurable. As part of moves to assimilate and become a part of the community, the Haun family relied on community members to quickly learn Mumpruli, a language he is now fluent in as seen in a recent video.
“By doing that [learning the language], we were able to better integrate into the community and make friends not only in Nalerigu but all the surrounding villages. As a foreigner in a new place, that is one thing you need to do. By learning the language, you also learn the culture and tradition.”
It would be recalled that Roger Haun recently won 2 medals at a unicycling competition. On his return, Mr. Haun was given a heroic welcome. Roger, was even given the Mamprusi name “Manboora” by Na Bohagu, the King of the Mamprugu Kingdom himself.
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana