- Niankoro Yeah Samake
Niankoro Yeah Samake is the Executive Director of the Mali Rising Foundation. He is a native of Mali who has a master's degree in public policy from Brigham Young University (BYU). He was elected mayor of Ouelessebougou at the elections in April 2009.
It was while a student at BYU that Samake met his wife who is a native of India.
Samake previously served as the director of the Daily Dose Foundation affiliated with Daily Dose Learning Systems, Inc, an English education company based in Sandy, Utah. Daily Dose Foundation sought to provide education in Mali to help lessen the illiteracy rate there.
Samake joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) while living in New York prior to going to study at BYU. He and his wife Marissa, a native of India, are the parents of two children.
In early 2011 Samake decided to run for president in the 2012 Malian General Election. His supporters have created the Party for Civic and Patriotic Action (PACP) to facilitate his candidacy.
- Deseret News, April 10, 2009
- report on formation of Daily Dose foundation
- Global Utah Weekly article on Samake's presidential candidacy
- BYU Daily Universe 12 June, 2008
- Mali Rising Foundation website
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