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Having only one child in a Senegalese society that values large familiesmy father found the way to gain respect was to be successful in his endeavors As a result he started his businesses very early by opening his own electronics shops acrossDakar Senegal and later on in Abidjan Cote dIvoire By the age of 10 I had left Dakar for Abidjanand at 14 found myself managing and operating one of the many electronics shops he had opened in Abidjan while going to school I further had the good fortune to travel with him across West Africa from Monrovia Liberia to Lagos Nigeria -- dealing with all kinds of merchants and local customs and assisting him with the limited education I had at that time Unfortunately I believe my fathers traditional business methods and lack of formal education as well the state of corruption and trade unfairness prevented his businesses from becoming as prosperous as they could have been I was early on introduced to a world of corruption and unfair trade across West Africa Corruption on every level of African society is one of the biggest public issues that is threatening Africa s route to really become as emerging as it should be--it is simply crippling development in Africa as a whole My mission in public service is to develop create and implement policies and programs that fight corruption mostly in Senegal and West Africa How as a young African who has had the chance to travel across West Africa and the fortune to live in the United States can give my contribution in fighting this bane --we cannot as Africans continue to accept corruption as normal and inured part of our lives I am applying to the Executive Master of Public Administration for the fall 2014 with an intended concentration in International Economic Policy and Management at SIPA and I believe my academic background professional career and lifeexperiencehave prepared
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