Musa Willie was born in Liberia, West Africa where he grew up amidst tremendous challenges but inspired to serve humanity. Like many poverty stricken kids, Musa went through kindergarten with his little provided copybooks in plastic bag and sat in classrooms that could barely provide covering from the rain or extreme sunshine. He was denied the opportunity of bringing out his childhood creativity through arts because his kindergarten school could not afford buying materials for recreation during kindergarten but stuck to his memories of kicking grapefruit and oranges as soccer balls with other kids during lunch breaks. As a kid growing up in a home stricken by poverty as a result of civil war in his country, his memories could not let go the hurt of seeing his oldest sister drop out of school as he fought his way through school by selling ice-cold water and boiled chicken-eggs in the streets to pay his tuition. The resilience of Musa helped him overcome these challenges and generated in him the desire to work for improving the lives of others. This desire and his commitment to work distinguished him as the recipient of the 2012 Tom Donovan Culture Caring Award from Devereux Foundation in the United States. During the ceremony, Musa was inspired with the idea of establishing a nonprofit organization that will serve the education needs of African kids who are experiencing similar challenges he encountered as a kid during his school days. His vision was shared with his co-workers and friends with similar passion and their collaboration has led to the formation of Education Care Africa to meet the education need of children in Africa. One such country Education Care Africa has earmarked to make impact is Liberia in West Africa, a country in transition after 14 years of civil war.
As the founder and executive director of Education Care Africa, Musa brings to this work a great worth of exemplary leadership which is influenced by his personal experience. Many who know him saw an emerging leader who has a vision, passion, great interpersonal skill, a team builder, an effective communicator and consensus builder, who continue to inspire others for success. His leadership competencies were nurtured as he occupied leadership roles in school, community and national organizations. He served as Student Council president of his high school, Muslim Congress in Liberia in 2001. Upon graduation in 2001, he served the Family Planning Association of Liberia as Peer Educator for sexual reproductive health program. He took this program to his community and his work impacted the reduction in the rate of teenage pregnancy. In 2004, Musa was nominated as Youth Executive to the Inter-Religious Council of Liberia Youth Desk, a position he served until he was elected president of the National Muslim Students Association of Liberia. In 2006, he traveled to Nigeria to attend a two week personal development and Leadership Training seminar organized and sponsored by the Islamic Education Trust. In 2007, Musa migrated to the United States in pursuit of higher education. In 2014, he graduated from Strayer University, PA with a degree in Criminal Justice. Musa is a graduate of Georgetown University Leadership Academy, and holds an Advanced Certificate in Interfaith and Conflict studies from the Children of Abraham Interfaith School. Musa has four years of experience working with delinquent, adjudicated juveniles. From 2009 to 2011, Musa worked as a Unit Supervisor and Anger Management facilitator for Vision Quest New Direction, and currently work for Devereux Foundation-Kenner Center, PA as a Direct Support Leader. Apart from serving as direct support leader, Musa also serve Devereux as member of The Excellent and Diversity Committee. Musa is married to Lovo with 3 happy boys.