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Fifi Kingsley Baiden

Wrong Fifi Kingsley Baiden?

Humanitarian Ambassador

Phone: (404) ***-****  HQ Phone
MAP International
4700 Glynco Parkway
Brunswick , Georgia 31515
United States

Company Description: For nearly 50 years, MAP has provided medicines, medical supplies and community-based health training programs for the poor in over 100 countries. In coordination...   more
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member

Education

  • undergraduate degree
  • UCSB
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An exclusive look at Kingsley Baiden, ...
www.soccernewsday.com, 20 Feb 2015 [cached]
An exclusive look at Kingsley Baiden, better known as Fifi Baiden, and his journey to become an established MLS talent
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Born November 11, 1991, as Kingsley Baiden in Ajumako, Ghana, Fifi Baiden brings a fascinating backstory with him to current club Columbus Crew.
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At 10 years old, Fifi Baiden found himself in a Ghanaian soccer academy called the Right to Dream. This academy has molded many professional Ghanaian soccer players across Europe specifically, including one that played in the 2014 World Cup.
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Point being, it's a solid academy and Fifi has the right pedigree to be the player he wants to be, first and foremost.
"Growing up in Ghana was tough. I grew up in a poor household where food and education was scarce. Soccer was one of the gateways for poor children to create opportunities for themselves from that poor environment. I consider myself very blessed to be selected by the Right to Dream Academy around the age of ten," Fifi explains.
Life in Ghana taught Fifi an immense amount about life and gave him the perspective that he has today.
"Throughout my years in the academy and in Ghana, I learned that nothing comes easy in life. I strongly believe in God and hard work as the (key to) success and that's what has guided me my whole life," Fifi emphasized.
Knowledge of Self
Fifi went on to explain, "The most important part of my youth career is understanding my vision of where I want to go in life, and finding that balance between God and hard work."
Fifi has a divine ambition deriving from his past and who he is.
To reiterate, Baiden says, "Like I said earlier, my childhood was tough, and it was through that poor background that urged me to do something for myself, for my family, for Ghana, and for the world in general. It is through all that experience that made me realize that hard work is the key to success, if I continue to believe in God. My experiences at the Right to Dream Academy, the Dunn School, and UC Santa Barbara are very rich experiences that have shaped who I am today, my work ethics, and the way I see the world."
His name simply is Fifi Baiden. It epitomizes everything he's about. When such words are used as an example to highlight anyone in any profession, you should be impressed, especially coming from a 22 year old. It's an impressive amount of drive, so important to the game of football, and the game of life.
Outside of football, this perspective helps shine light on other aspects of life. Fifi recently joined Map International, a Christian organization that promotes global health, as a humanitarian ambassador. The Ebola outbreak in Ghana and other parts of the world and Africa is one reason Fifi joined the organization.
"The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is very disturbing and (has led) to the loss of many lives. I joined Map International in the cause to raise awareness and fight Ebola," Fifi says.
Fifi reverts back to a similar theme as he further explains his reasoning for joining Map however, "As I pointed (to) earlier, it is important for me to give back to others in the same way I've been blessed.
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I was around the age of fifteen, and I moved here alone to pursue my dream of attaining quality education and becoming a professional soccer player," Fifi explained.
From there, Fifi went on to attend UC Santa Barbara and eventually was drafted into Major League Soccer in 2014. The 42nd overall pick in the 2014 MLS Superdraft, Fifi was ready to make an impact with the team that selected him, Columbus Crew.
Fifi went on to make one appearance for Columbus against Toronto on May 31st. He played seventeen minutes while Columbus lost 4-2. Over the next month or so, Fifi experienced issues with his groin, but more importantly his left hip flexor. Surgery on his left hip was scheduled for July 23rd and was successful.
Unfortunately, the injury suffered and surgery completed sidelined Fifi for the rest of the 2014 season. A full recovery for such an injury is six months, thus Fifi will be back for the 2015 season, when which he'll have a lot to prove after missing a large portion of the 2014 season.
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Fifi said that he should be back to jogging in "a few weeks". Then he can begin to start the journey that will see him become the player he hopes to be.
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I believe I will establish myself in MLS through my hard work and my humble persistence to learn and succeed," Fifi concludes.
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With Fifi applying such a perspective at 22, the future seems bright for Mr. Kingsley Baiden.
Columbus Crew Member, Kingsley "Fifi" ...
www.mapinternational.org, 29 Aug 2014 [cached]
Columbus Crew Member, Kingsley "Fifi" Baiden Named Humanitarian Ambassador for MAP International
Columbus Crew Member, Kingsley "Fifi" Baiden Named
Humanitarian Ambassador for MAP International
Soccer Player from Ghana Joins MAP International in the War on Ebola
Atlanta (August 29, 2014) - International humanitarian relief organization, MAP International announces 22-year-old Columbus Crew Midfielder, Kingsley "Fifi" Baiden as a Humanitarian Ambassador due to his support of their work to contain the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Baiden is the second athlete to join MAP in this Ebola outbreak, Rennie Curran of the Edmonton Eskimos has also joined the cause.
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Baiden has been very active in educating the public about the risks of Ebola and how to contain the virus. A native of Ghana, this outbreak is very close to his heart and he is working effortlessly to raise awareness and support so that this deadly virus doesn't take any more lives in West Africa. "I'm excited to join an organization that is striving to save the lives of my people," said Baiden, ". I have been very devastated over the deadly outbreak of the Ebola virus and I want to contribute and raise awareness for donations and support."
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About Kingsley "Fifi" Baiden
Born in Ajumako in central Ghana, Baiden came to the United States after graduating from the Right to Dream Academy. Baiden played with the Santa Barbara Soccer Club U-19 Gold squad and was a finalist at the 2010 National Cup. He assisted in leading the club to the 2009 OC Classic Kickoff Championship, the 2009 Nike Harvest Cup finals, the 2008 Hawaii International Cup Championship and the 2008 Copa Real Cup finals. Baiden was selected with the fourth pick of the Third Round (42nd overall) in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft and is currently a holding midfielder for the Columbus Crew soccer team in Ohio.
Dunn School: Fifi Baiden '10 Named to "Top 100 College Player Rankings"
www.dunnschool.org, 31 May 2014 [cached]
Fifi Baiden '10 Named to "Top 100 College Player Rankings" | Read More Dunn School: Fifi Baiden '10 Named to "Top 100 College Player Rankings"
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Fifi Baiden '10 Named to "Top 100 College Player Rankings"
Top Drawer Soccer announced their picks for the "Top 100 Men's College Soccer Player Rankings. Currently a midfielder for the University of California, Santa Barbara, Fifi Baiden '10 made the list with a ranking of 38. Earlier this year, Top Drawer Soccer also named him one of the top ten midfielders in the country.
For more about the rankings, visit Top Drawer Soccer. For more about Fifi Baiden, visit his player page at UCSB Gauchos or read this article from the UCSB website.
Fifi Baiden '10 ranked among the Top 100 Men's College Soccer Players.
UCSB sophomore midfielder Fifi ...
www.dailynexus.com, 31 Oct 2011 [cached]
UCSB sophomore midfielder Fifi Baiden earned his first career goal less than 10 minutes later on a shot from 22 yards outside the box to give the Gauchos a 4-2 lead.
Right To Dream - News
academy.righttodream.com, 2 June 2014 [cached]
In this week's round-up, Abdul Majeed Waris featured in Ghana's pre-World Cup warm up game against the Netherlands; David Accam showed great character of strength to score the winning goal for Helsingborg after missing out on the final World Cup squad, while US College graduate, Fifi Baiden made his debut for Columbus Crew in the US Major League Soccer.
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RtD graduate, Fifi Baiden, made his professional football debut for the Columbus Crew in the MLS - in a tightly fought 3:2 defeat by Toronto FC.
Fifi signed with Columbus Crew in February 2014, having completed his undergraduate degree at UCSB.
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