He was born a 1is January to Mao, in Kanem, the first of a family of twenty-two children, and he was, each year, the first in his class… Ali Adji Mahamat Seid has always been a “leader”. It is almost without surprise that he was elected, in September 2020, to head the Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Agriculture, of the mines and crafts (CCIAMA), where he succeeds Amir Adoudou Artine, the boss of the Geyser group.
“My parents divorced when I was a child, and I was raised by my paternal grandmother. She gave me everything, especially values, starting with common sense and the love of a job well done, remembers the businessman. She wanted me to be a good man… Also, she always set the bar very high. I grew up like that, in this requirement. Ali Adji Mahamat Seid learns about life in the sandy streets of Mao, more than 300 kilometers north of N’Djamena.
The ville, located at the gates of the Sahara, is famous for its camel market. Ali Adji Mahamat Seid’s father exports live cattle to Nigeria, from which he brings back food, which he resells to Mao. “At the age of 10, I was already an entrepreneur-trader, I helped my father to ‘dispatch’ his products in the markets. I was on my own. We sold everything: tea, sweets, sugar, etc. At 15, in the evening, I supported my brothers and sisters in their studies. I come from a community where the responsibility of the elder is very important. As a child, I was my father’s assistant in a way. And being a deputy usually means becoming one day the premier.