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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.”