Gabriel Saez helped to organize the “Why Mali Matters” event in Boston on April 10. Thank you, Gabriel, for your ongoing support! We love having you on our team. Yeah for Mali!
George Bernard Shaw wrote, “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” I support Yeah Samake because he is unreasonable.
In every single personal, professional and political decision Yeah has made, he has avoided the easy way. For instance, he rejected the potential benefits a career in Europe or in the United Stated could have offered him and, instead, chose to go back to Mali and bring hope to his people. As Mayor of Ouélessébougou, he didn’t do what most politicians do –that is, try to differentiate himself from his peers. On the contrary, he has looked for ways to inspire and work with other mayors.
Yeah is a leader among leaders. He taught -by example- the revolutionary notion that a leader can and should fight corruption. His influence will extend beyond Mali’s boundaries. I have seen him interact with top-notch African social, political and business leaders at Harvard University. His charisma and brightness quickly won them over. Likewise, he’s experienced in successfully dealing with American and European leaders.Yeah’s unreasonability is actually explained by his all-encompassing faithfulness. He’s faithful to his family, his people, his beliefs, his country and God.
I support Yeah Samake not just because of the transformative impact his victory will have on Mali, but also because of the hope he has already brought to people all over the world.