Security and political crisis in Mali: PACP denounces the old guard – L’Indicateur
Following recent events in Mali: The PACP party officials make a point - Mali Demain
Niankoro Yeah Samake at a PACP Press Conference: Choosing Diango Sissoko as Prime Minister is a setback for Mali – L’Independant
Political perspectives in Mali: PACP favors holding the elections before liberation of the North  - 22 Septembre
Yeah Samaké, President of the Party for Civic and Patriotic Action (PACP) – Le Phenix
Malian with Utah ties has big aspirations for his homeland  - Salt Lake Tribune
Yeah Samaké, “I have a passion for serving Mali” – Afribone


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  • Yeah has been featured in yet another article in the Salt Lake Tribune. Check it out below or click on the article title to be redirected.

    BYU grad is presidential hopeful – in Mali 

    By Robert Gehrke 

    Yeah Samake was born in a poverty-stricken village in Ouelessebougou, Mali, the eighth of 18 children, to a father who never learned to read but vowed that Samake and his siblings would get an education.

    “That was my father’s vision, that it is through education that we can break the cycle of poverty. He himself has never been to school and because of that he imagined there were so many opportunities that he missed in life,” said Samake, now 42. “He said his family would go hungry, but they would not know the darkness of illiteracy.”

    Today, Samake is the mayor of Ouelessebougou and a Brigham Young University graduate who runs a Sandy-based foundation that is finishing construction of its 15th school in Mali. Now he is running for president of the West African nation on a platform that is, not surprisingly, centered on improving education in his homeland.

    “Education is key to what I do,” said Samake. “Corruption, extreme poverty and everything, they are linked together through the lack of education.”

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    When Yeah announced his candidacy, an article was published in Global Utah Weekly with World Trade Center Utah.  Check out the article below or click on the title to be directed to the webpage.

    Yeah Samake, Mayor of Ouelessebougou, African sister city of Salt Lake, runs for President of Mali in 2012

    Niankoro Yeah Samake has already accomplished much more than many from his small poor village in West Africa – he survived, learned to read and write, earned a bachelor’s degree in English as a second language in his home country and continued on to earn a master’s degree in public policy from BYU.

    But the list goes on. Since Samake’s graduation from BYU, he has been the director of a non-profit organization called the Mali Rising Foundation that is dedicated to making schools accessible to children in rural Mali, West Africa. In addition, he became the Mayor of Ouelessebougou, sister city to Salt Lake and a territory representing 44 villages. He is also the Vice President of the Mali League of Mayors (704 mayors nationwide).

    And now, pursuant to popular demand, Mayor Samake will be running for President of Mali in 2012.

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    Ben Miller of the BYU Student Review published this article about Yeah Samaké on 1/28/2012. There is also a sound clip in the article that we would encourage everyone to go listen to. Check it out!

    Mali Mormon – Yeah we can

    Mormonism not an obstacle for Malian presidential hopeful Yeah Samake

    Yeah Samake is running for president in Mali.

    While Mitt Romney is likely to win the Republican nomination, there is much discussion about whether a Mormon could ever be elected president.

    After Robert Jeffress’ remarks in early October in which he called Mormonism a cult, Slate Magazine published an article calling anti-Mormonism “the prejudice of our age,” and the Washington Post’s Kathleen Parker wrote a piece “The Shameful Bias Against Mormons.” USA Today later reported that “religious discrimination remains an obstacle for Mormon political candidates” based on the fact that over a fifth of Americans say they would not vote for a Mormon. On Jan. 5, the Marrietta Daily Journal quoted Georgia state representative Judy Manning as saying, “I think Mitt Romney is a nice man, but I’m afraid of his Mormon faith,” though she believes, “it’s better than a Muslim.”

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    We have been very blessed to have the support of many local leaders. He has already had several meetings with mayors and Presidents of political parties. One person recently donated 7 motorcycles to the campaign for help to travel to neighboring villages. Fundraising remains an essential priority for the campaign.

    Right now the campaign continues to focus on improving education, fair access to healthcare, and government decentralization.

    The Samake family recently moved to Mali to support Yeah during the campaign.