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Michael Bayala, an Example of Leadership Michael Bayala is originally from Burkina Faso, a small country in West Africa. His home country is about the size of the state of Colorado with a population of about 18 million.
He comes from a family that valued people, hard work, and integrity. His parents had 12 natural children, of which, only six are still living. In addition to their natural children, his parents foster parented more than 45 children without receiving any financial assistance. Their love gave he and his siblings a great love and compassion for others. His father used to say, “You know the ones you give birth to, but it is always someone else’s child who will take you to your grave. Therefore, treat all children with love.”
Michael’s father worked hard as a factory worker and a union member, with many of those clandestine meetings taking place at the family compound. His father was a very loving and loveable human being, with his biggest asset being his calm demeanor. He highly valued education as a weapon that people could use to defend themselves with and this mindset helped Michael pursue higher education.
Michael’s mother was his best friend and led him by teaching him the positive and not the negative. She focused on what to do, not what not to do. She used to say there were two kinds of people she didn’t raise in her house: thieves and liars. She was very passionate about both moral and social values. After finishing college, Michael was enlisted in the army, which was a requirement for many youths at the time. He worked for the embassy of Burkina Faso as an attaché for a few years before coming to the United States as a refugee in 1992.
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