Campaigning in Full Swing

We can hardly believe how fast the days are flying by! On July 29th, roughly 8 million registered voters will head to the polls to choose their next leader. And the race is heating up!! Now that the campaign season has officially opened, all candidates are pulling out the stops to publicly get their message out to the people, be it through videos, billboards or big campaign events involving entire cities and villages.


With official campaigning kicking of this past week, one of the first orders of business was for Yeah to officially release his presidential platform. This past Tuesday, in front of a room full of journalists and TV stations, in an hour long press conference at the Maison de Presse, Yeah detailed the 5 pillars of his platform focused on the establishment of strong institutions, the promotion of social justice for the emergence of a responsible and committed civil society, the growth of a competitive, sustainable and fair economy, the fight against corruption, the establishment of opportunities and education for young people and a focus on women as a real asset for the future.

Yeah presents his Presidential Projects to Members of the media


One of the key parts of the campaign during these last weeks before the elections is an opportunity for candidates to share a personal message with voters on National TV. Each candidate gets to share one campaign message each week on National TV. This past week, we had our talented friends Travis Pitcher and his team ( who did our last campaign videos) from Utah jump on the campaign trail in Mali to record and create our messaging for this election.

Our first video played this last Monday on national TV and it was an amazing hit!! Around the country, we had people calling our local team leaders and campaign HQ and signing on to campaign for Yeah in their areas. Why was this video a hit? Most of the candidates had videos showing their candidate simply speaking. Our video highlighted stories of actual beneficiaries that have been impacted by Yeah’s work in the fields of education and agriculture. Take a listen:


Our team is energized as they campaign even harder in the many distant rural areas of Mali. Here’s a snapshot of all our supporters on the campaign trail this past week:


Help carry us to the end. If we are to maintain our current energy and campaign we need to raise much needed funds. We need your support and donations. The end is in sight.
More money needs to be raised to do big campaign events in the 10 regions, spread our message to many more smaller villages, do TV and radio advertising, billboards and staffing our voting booths on election day to prevent voter fraud.
Today please invest $100 or what you can so we can bring our message of change to every corner of Mali.
There are several ways you can donate.

  • Online donations can be made at
  • Donations can also be mailed to YeahForMali, 10412N Oak Circle, Highland, UT 84003
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Posted by on July 16, 2018 in Past Posts


Constitutional Court Approves Yeah Samake Candidacy!

In 24 days, 8 million Malian voters will cast their ballots for their next President. Yeah and our team have been working tirelessly around the clock to cover a country twice the size of Texas in the hopes that we can win the Presidency and ultimately change the future of Mali.


It was a scary few days for Team Samake. On June 30th, the Constitutional Court issued a list of 13 candidates who were provisionally rejected and had 24 hours to appeal the Court decision. One of the rejected names was Yeah’s. The reason for this provisional rejection was due to a dysfunction within the government and lack of clear election rules.

All over the country, our team members were dejected. However, in a race against time, we contested the court decision.

Yesterday, the Constitutional Court officially announced the results of all the applications submitted. The result? The Court in its final decision reinstated Yeah SAMAKE in his constitutional right to run for President.

The candidacy of Niankoro Yeah Samake is officially approved and will be on the ballot on July 29th, 2018.

We are excited and looking forward to taking our strong message of Peace, Stability and Prosperity to the people of Mali.


As you know campaigns are expensive yet necessary. The funds we have raised to date have covered the costs of our delegations campaigning in many of the 18000+ villages, our registration fee, radio and TV appearances and staffing our headquarters. More money needs to be raised to do big campaign events in the 10 regions, spread our message to many more smaller villages, do TV and radio advertising, billboards and staffing our voting booths on election day to prevent voter fraud.

Today please invest $100 or what you can so we can bring our message of change to every corner of Mali.

There are several ways you can donate.

  • Online secure donations can be made at
  • Donations can also be mailed to YeahForMali, 10412N Oak Circle, Highland, UT 84003
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Posted by on July 5, 2018 in Past Posts


Declaring our Candidacy

What an exciting few days it has been for the Samake campaign!!! With 33 days to election day, the countdown is on!


We have officially submitted our candidacy papers!!

In Mali, the way the elections worked is that by June 28th, all candidates that will run have to deposit their presidential candidacy dossier with the Malian Constitutional Court. Part of the process involves collecting five signatures from elected officials in each of the 10 regions. It also involves paying the 25 million FCFA registration fee (USD 50,000). All the declared candidates approved by the court will be put on the ballot box. This is a huge step and we are so excited to have reached this point!

Yeah is running under the banner of our party that we created in 2011: the Party for Civic and Patriotic Action (Party Pour L’Action Civique et Patriotique – PACP). Since 2011, it has become a large and growing party that is harnessing the passion of the youth in Mali who are seeking honest, innovative leadership in a country facing financial and security challenges.

On July 29th, more than 8 million voters will go to the polls to elect their next leader. We are excited and looking forward to making our voice heard at the ballot boxes!


yeah1Our team of youth have been very busy sharing the PACP message in the various distant areas of Mali. In the past 10 days, we have made inroads with PACP being set up in N’Golonina, Kati, Kalaban Coro Sikôrô, Dougabou, Touban and Doura to name a few.

In each of these areas, our youth spread a message of hope and the success that Mali can see if they put their trust in Yeah. For too long, Malians have been made big promises by leaders who then abandoned them after the vote.

With Yeah, it is different. People see the work he has done as Mayor, Ambassador and as part of the Empower Mali foundation. They see a man who has served when he was not even a president. One can only imagine the change he can make as President to improve the lives of the Malian people on a larger scale!

We are very grateful for all your support. Many of these events or even the registration of our candidacy would not be possible without your faith and donations. We believe we can be the change Mali needs. But it all starts with winning this election. This last month is going to involve a higher level of campaigning as we hit the campaign trail in the farther regions of Kayes, Gao and Timbuktu.

We need to raise the vital funds so we can continue campaigning hard this final month. Help carry us to the end.

Today please invest $100 or what you can so we can bring our message of change to every corner of Mali.


There are two ways you can donate.

  • Online donations can be made at
  • Checks can also be mailed to YeahForMali, 10412N Oak Circle, Highland, UT 84003


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Posted by on June 26, 2018 in Past Posts


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Rallying the Youth for Mali

As May continues, our party leaders including Yeah headed to the remote areas in Mali. Much of Mali’s population resides in these rural villages. There are about 18000+ villages in Mali, many of which are accessible by only dirt roads.

It has been a busy time for Team Samake! In addition to visiting many villages, our efforts have been focused getting  our youth enthused.


In May, Yeah and his delegation headed to the village of Bonkoro which is in the commune of Beleko. Bonkoro is only accessible by very bumpy dirt roads. While in Bonkoro, Yeah visited with the chief of the village. While in Bonkoro, the villagers gathered in large numbers to hear Yeah discuss his vision and his bold plan for a better Mali.


The youth leaders of our party headed to Senou where they participated in hosting the Yeah Samake football cup. The event marked the opening of 3 weeks of competition between the different football clubs of Senou. Football events are a great way to engage our youth and it gives our youth leaders a chance to share about Yeah’s mission to build a better Mali for all our youth that will provide better opportunities and jobs for them. Currently Mali’s unemployment is a steep 35%+ and there is a lack opportunities for our youth.

Before the match Yeah had an opportunity to share his vision for Mali with the youth of Senou. We are blessed to have such a great team of youth leaders in all the areas of Mali that share our plans on how Yeah can build a better Mali.


The highlight of our visits and meetings this past week culminated in a meeting that was held for the youth. Despite the rains, 200+ youth leaders, from the 6 communes of the main city of Bamako, gathered at the party headquarters to hear Yeah speak. Hearing of all that Yeah has done for Mali and the potential of what he can achieve for the youth, they committed to devoting their time and efforts to spread the word about Yeah in their own communities and social groups. This is huge!! The waterfall impact of this could be a wider reach of Yeah’s message to different communities that these youth work and live in.

The reach of our message of service as leadership change is growing. Popular support for Yeah is growing faster than party organization. This month we opened new regional offices in the main city of Segou, Senou and Sirakoro in the Sikasso region.

Additionally, Yeah is constantly on regional and national radio and on TV talking about his platform and sharing his message with the people of Mali.

We are making leaps and bounds reaching the far corners of Mali.  Yeah is one of the only candidates that was actually born and brought up in the rural areas. So he is familiar with the conditions that 80% of Malians have lived in for the last 58 years. He understands what it means to not have enough to eat, what it means to not have a job after graduation, what it means to support a big family. Here is a candidate who understands what a majority of the Malian people are suffering from because he himself has been through all the conditions that besiege ordinary Malians. Here is a Malian who has turned his own community of 55,000+ people and hopes to share its success with all Mali.

I believe he is the man Mali desperately needs.

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Posted by on May 21, 2018 in Past Posts


Reaching beyond Mali’s borders

May is only midway through and we are already off to such a great start.

In May, Yeah visited the neighboring countries of Ghana and Senegal. These two West African countries are home to many voting Malians who work or go to school in these countries.

In the first week of May, Yeah headed down to Accra, Ghana to visit with key Ghanaian government officials and Malian student leaders. Yeah was received by the Vice President of Ghana, H.E Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia. During this visit, they exchanged on the need for both Mali and Ghana to collaborate on bigger regional projects in the field of transport, energy, agriculture and especially security.  The speaker of the Parliament of Ghana, the Honorable Aaron Mike Oquaye also hosted Yeah and his delegation at his residence for a special lunch in his honor. It was a great opportunity for Yeah to meet these leaders in Ghana and share his fresh perspectives on regional integration for a brighter future in Africa. Yeah finally met with the leaders of the association of students and trainees. He shared his vision for a successful Mali. We have always believed that Mali’s future lies with its youth and we have encouraged the youth to take a more important role in leadership opportunities within their communities. Yeah emboldened the community of young Malians in Ghana with his vision that with integrity he would turn Mali around into a success story.

A few days later, Yeah went to Senegal. Senegal and Mali have always shared a colonial history which brought a common link between our cultures and food. Mali and Senegal were once integrated as the Federal Republic of Mali. We have a great number of Malians who reside Senegal for business and trade, but also students. Yeah was received by our party supporters in Dakar, Senegal. Since he was only there for an overnight visit, his schedule was jam packed as he met with supporters and Malians tired of the old way of politics. While in Dakar he met with the elders of the Malian community in Senegal and their counselors.  The elder acts as a patriarch and guide that holds and helps individuals of the Malian community. They were amazed and happy to hear of the concrete actions taken by Yeah to help our people and communities in Mali and gave him their blessing for success. Yeah was then welcomed by the union of leaders of the Malian union of truck drivers. He listened to all their concerns and answered their questions. Many of these workers have become a forgotten people running into many troubles with passport and id issues and receiving no help.

Everywhere we go, the complaint remains the same. People are tired of the old style of corrupt leadership. They are tired that their local and central government cannot find a solution and are quick to pass them on.

We can offer them a fresh leadership. One that is based on results and creating efficient government systems that serve our people. There is only one man for that job and that is Yeah!!



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Posted by on May 15, 2018 in Past Posts


Exciting Updates from the trail

This past weekend, we were excited to lead a 10-person strong delegation to share our vision in Segou, one the ten regions of Mali. Through two days, we visited the remote villages of Koila, Maraka Koungo and Konobougou. These events were covered by the national Mali TV Channel, other TV channels, radio and print media.

The Segou region represents 15.06 percent of the electorate with a population of 1,029,000 people, and is located 240km from the main city of Bamako. While the main city is well invested in by the central government, the surrounding villages remain poor and have limited access to quality education, healthcare and running water.

Our team first stopped in the villages of Maraka Koungo and Konobougou. There we met with many villagers and spoke about our party PACP and our hopes for a new Mali run with sound principles and good governance. We also inaugurated the first regional headquarters of the party in the region of Segou. Our party PACP is fast spreading our reach into the different regions of Mali! Yeah, accompanied by his party members, also visited the traditional and religious leaders of Segou.

The high point of our tour was when we visited the remote village of Koila. It was a historic moment as Koila welcomed the first presidential candidate in its history. Koila is a village accessible by its dusty, bumpy roads and is about 2.5 hours from the main city of Segou and a further 4.5 hours from the capital city. The village does not have access to electricity or running water and the villagers reside in mud huts.

As we headed towards the village, hundreds of supporters on motorcycles escorted our delegation to the village. We received gun salutes as our procession rolled in and Yeah waved to his party supporters from the car. The villagers turned out in droves to hear Yeah speak. The village leaders spoke about the challenges that they were facing, especially in the areas of healthcare and education. Currently, the children of Koila do not have a middle school and the mothers of the village do not want their children to walk the deserted rural roads to the nearest village. The result is that many of the children of the village do not have an education greater than the 6th grade.  As Yeah spoke, he promised the people of Koila that he would work hard to get a middle school built in Koila because he believed that education was their right. He spoke of his commitment to help Koila fulfil their basic needs and related his own story of his life in America, our foundation Empower Mali, and what he was able to accomplish as a Mayor and Ambassador. After the event, we visited the maternity clinic and the main clinic. It was heartbreaking to visit these facilities. These could barely be called functioning. The equipment was basic and almost non-existent. There was one nurse for the main center and a midwife for the maternity center. Both emphasized a deep need for working equipment but especially for medicines. The pharmacy was almost empty. These were local government run facilities that were functioning with nothing because it seemed as if they were forgotten. Their patients had to endure no medicine and minimal preventative care. Yeah spoke emphatically against this and committed to help Koila get the necessary help they needed and especially the medicines for the population.

Koila like so many villages in Mali speak about the harsh realities that face many of our Malian brothers and sisters. Mali should not be condemned to this mediocrity. Mali is not a poor country but rather one that is suffering from bad decisions and bad governance. I truly believe that Yeah can turn this around. Yeah has the ability to make the difference.

It was such a joy to meet and visit the people of Koila, Maraka Koungo and Konobougou!! Great things are happening on the Samake2018 trail. Hope is alive and the people are desperately searching for change. We believe Yeah Samake will be that change.

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Posted by on April 24, 2018 in Past Posts




Watching the children in Mali, my heart sometimes catches. For many of our children in Mali, there is no future under the current circumstances. Many of them will never have the opportunity to make something of themselves. Many girls will get married of by the time they are 15. Many boys, having no better option, will farm or follow the family business. Many more will remain without a job and with no opportunity, will join the masses that beg on the street to supplement what they make so they can take care of their family.

The one thing that can truly help shape Mali into a success story in the long run is education. Today 70% of Mali’s population is in the age group 0-25. Yet only 31% of Mali’s population is literate. This figure is even lower for girls. While the government was able to put an elementary school in most villages, much of Mali’s 80% rural population lacks a middle school. Simply, because the government does not have the resources to build middle schools. So, after 6th grade, many children will drop out of school simply because they have no access to one. For many a middle school is several villages and towns away.

I cannot imagine my children walking 5 miles (7km) a day to go to school. Not just once, but 4 times because in Mali, children return home for lunch. Now add in dirty, dusty roads and predators and you have a situation where most parents will keep their children at home.

For the past 14 years we have raised awareness about the one thing that has impacted our own lives. And that is the power of education. Yeah and I have both been blessed with extraordinary circumstances and blessings. And it is our education that has taken us many places. But not just that, it is our education that ensures that our own children will never know the pain of hunger or the lack of opportunity. Our parents by giving us an education helped break the cycle of poverty and the lack of opportunities that spring from illiteracy.

Through the work of our foundation Empower Mali, we have helped bring more than 24 middle schools to Mali. By putting schools in remote villages, education becomes accessible. Especially for young girls.

As a Mayor, efficient transparent use of tax revenue allowed Yeah to bring the first high school in Ouelessebougou, fix dilapidated school structures and ensure no teacher shortages.

As Ambassador, he made education a key part of our mission. Yeah was able to partner with universities to garner scholarships for our Malian students to come study in India and the 9 other countries we served. Additionally, he helped create a safer environment for our Malian students and made himself fully accessible to our students.

As President, one of the key things we will do is help build more middle schools and teachers housing in remote villages. By building teachers housing in the villages, it encourages teachers to stay long term in the villages. Additionally, we hope to provide adult literacy classes, additional training for teachers and incentivize parents to keep their kids in school.

We should not condemn our future generations to a life without a good education. Otherwise the cycle of poverty will continue. Education remains the cornerstone of development.

Mali’s hope is Yeah Samake. We can sit all day long and talk about what Mali’s leaders are pretending they do. Or we can look at a record of a man who has done much for his community in Ouelessebougou, and as an Ambassador. A man of the people. Yeah Samake.

We can do this! We can bring change to Mali. Become a part of our journey and help our bid by donating $50 at




Posted by on April 16, 2018 in Past Posts


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