Bill Massaquoi Rebuild Africa

How I survived Liberian civil war and ebola to rebuild Africa with Bill Massaquoi

Rebuilding Africa in the face of civil war

Bill Massaquoi, founder of Rebuild Africa, grew up in rural Liberia the 4th of 24 children. He walked 6-7 miles to school each way for serveral years sometimes under 90 degrees. Those hardships pale in comparison to finding a way to get a Masters degree from MIT, survive the 14 year Liberian civil war, and create a thriving NGO. 

Bill Massaquoi - Rebuild Africa


In this interview, we chat about Bill’s struggle to create Rebuild Africa, an organization where young people in Africa can be educated to develop to the highest potential. Listen to the show while you read these notes for the best experience 🙂

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Quote of the Day

If you come to me, I will give you life Jesus Christ

3 Lessons from Interview

  1. How Bill was able to earn a Masters at MIT when he couldn’t afford 50 cents for the bus in Liberia

  2. How to survive a civil war (including being held at gun point 3 times)

  3. How Bill dealt directly with the Ebola crisis in Liberia


Featured Book

The Bible

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  Bill recommends starting with the Gospels of Jesus. They really showcase his servant leadership and is a role model for Bill.

Getting to Know Bill Massaquoi

What is a helpful habit?

Reading autobiographies like Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela and taking time to meditate.

What is a helpful resource for you?

Bill is a big fan of checking youtube videos to research topics.

Who is a helpful person that helped you on your journey?

Grandmother. She was illiterate but she really believed in Bill.

What is your purpose on this planet?

Bill sees himself as an enabler. He helps see people that they have value and something to contribute.

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Derrick Duplessy

Executive Director at Duplessy Foundation
Derrick has coached 500+ executives in 10 years as an executive coach. He runs Duplessy Foundation which is dedicated to creating meaningful careers for everyone. He also hosts Purpose Rockstar, a daily show on iTunes where he shares the career stories of a variety of guests.

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