Aujourd’hui je vous parle du Tchad


I am proud to be Chadian, this is my country.


Lake Chad, a sea in the heart of Africa

Aidam hails from Lake Chad, on the border with Niger, Nigeria and Cameroon. The lake, which can be mistaken for a sea, covers almost 8% of the African continent and is home to 85 different types of fish. You can even meet hippos and crocodiles there. With his family, he made a living from fishing, setting out with his father on a small motorboat, equipped with fishing nets. “There were small fish, but above all big fish!” warns Aidam. The men went fishing, and the women sold the fish in the markets, on the streets or directly from their homes, carrying the goods on their heads.

Adaim, a fan of Chadian and … Indonesian cuisine

Aidam searches through his memories to find some of his favourite Chadian dishes. Karkandji comes to his mind, also mentioned by Abdelatif (a sign of its popularity in Chad!). “Ah, Karkandji is so good”, recalls Adaim. Like many Chadians, he enjoys kissar, which he eats with bamia, a meat stew made with gombo and tomatoes. But what Aidam prefers most of all is indomie. Neither of us has heard of indomie, although Aidam tells us with certainty that it is also found in Italy and France. Aidam plays a guessing game, giving us a few clues: this dish originated in Asia, and it’s eaten with chopsticks. After a while, we realise that Indomie is the name of a brand of Indonesian noodles that are very popular in Chad and throughout the African continent. Aidam is crazy about these noodles, which he cooks with his Chadian sauce rather than the one in the packet. In Chad, he regularly ate them with fish, “you should try it, it’s very yummy”, he advises us.

Aidam, between football dreams and family desires… 

Aidam wants to go to Europe to become a footballer. The central defender used to leave at 3 p.m. after school to train and play for hours on end, three or four times a week. He won numerous tournaments and even a cup in 2017! The Real Madrid and Ittihad Club (Saudi Arabia) fan is ready to do anything to make his dream come true. 

Later on, Aidam plans to start a family in Chad, with at least seven or eight children. “In Chad, it’s important to have lots of children”.  

He advises visitors to go to Place de la Nation in N’Djamena, where the Cinquantenaire is located. The Cinquantenaire is a historic monument built to mark the country’s independence in 1960. Chadian families like to gather there to drink a kawa or an atay, all together. Before leaving us, he humbly declares “I am proud to be Chadian, this is my country.”

ElenaAujourd’hui je vous parle du Tchad

Related Posts

Aujourd’hui je vous parle de la Centre-Afrique

Bangui, a capital with many gardens and wild birds Alhadji is a young Central African from Bangui. His father was a truck driver, travelling as far as Nigeria and Cameroon. Alhadji loves his country, especially Bangui, for its many parks and wild areas. According to him, “around fifty species of birds” populate the site, including

Aujourd’hui je vous parle du Sudan

Moussaab, the frantic Sudanese footballer  Moussaab is 22 years old and comes from Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, which seceded from Southern Sudan in 2011. Moussaab loves Khartoum because he treats it as a football field. He plays for hours on end in the alleys of the city. Like many Sudanese, he is passionate about

Aujourd’hui je vous parle de la Guinée

Guinea, but which Guinea?  To clear any uncertainty, Mohammed Diallo comes from Guinea, also known as “Guinea-Conakry”, not to be confused with its neighbours Guinea-Bissau (former Portuguese colony) and Equatorial Guinea (former Spanish colony). France colonised Guinea; its capital is “Conakry”, hence the name Guinea-Conakry, quite simply! In the Berber language, Guinea means “Land of