My name is Marissa Coutinho Samake. I am Bahraini born and educated, Indian raised, married to a Malian for the last 7 years, studied in the US to get my Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems at Brigham Young University and been blessed with two inquisitive children.
I have been blessed with many opportunities as I grew up. I had two wonderful parents that made sure my every need was fulfilled. I had access to quality education and a good health care system. I also had an opportunity to come study in America. I met my husband, Niankoro Yeah Samake, 8 years ago at Brigham Young University in Utah. 8 years ago he told me he wanted to be President of his country, I told him I wanted to be the next Madonna. Today, he is closer to his dream.
We have returned to Mali so that he can run for the presidency. The elections were to be held on 29th April 2012 with a final runoff in May. The military coup that has destroyed the democracy of 22 years and disbanded our constitution have not decided when the new date for elections will be.
Yeah is fighting for democracy to be restored. He still hopes to provide his country with quality education, healthcare and to also decentralize the government’s power back to local leaders. The hope is to lift Malians out of the corruption that has made their country the third poorest country.
This blog is an attempt to chronicle our journey which I am sure will be filled with fun times, times of distress and anxiety as the campaign progresses. It is also an attempt to keep in touch with all my wonderful friends out there and hopefully pick up a few