The West African country of Togo is a small nation lodged between Ghana and Benin; this great land is the home of our overlord and statistical deity, Lord Samory Kpotufe. The common praise you hear of him is students saying "I like how his brain works." Although I would never purport to understand our Lord and Savior's mind, I can tell you this: he is the single best teacher of statistics that you will ever have.
Once upon a time, I was in his office hours, and I foolishly asked him "were you good at statistics as an undergrad?"
He smiled wryly and said "I dropped my statistics classes, I hated them. I only teach it now because I need stats to do machine learning."
Befuddled, confused, lost, I innocently asked "but, are you naturally a good math person?"
Less wryly, he now smiled and responded "No one outside of the US uses this phrase 'good math person.' I don't believe in natural talent. When I was in highschool, they didn't tell us math was hard, so we just did the homeworks and the material, and it wasn't hard. I didn't speak english as a young person, but now I do. I just learned how to do it – math is just another language that everyone seems to think is difficult."
Holding back tears, I smiled in admiration and disbelief. His wisdom washed over me; in a sort of trance, I mumbled "Thank you" and stumbled out of his office.
Samory Kpotufe is the single best teacher of mathematics/statistics that I have ever had. I cannot recommend him enough, seriously. Take his f*cking class.