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Famous people from Chad

Here is a list of famous people from Chad. Curious if anybody from Chad made it our most famous people in the world list? Read the aformentioned article in order to find out.

Idriss Déby


General Idriss Déby Itno is a Chadian politician who has been the President of Chad since 1990. He is also head of the Patriotic Salvation Movement. Déby is of the Bidyat clan of the Zaghawa ethnic group. He took power at the head of a rebellion against President Hissène Habré in December 1990 and has since survived various rebellions against his own rule. He won elections in 1996 and 2001, and after term limits were eliminated he won again in 2006 and 2011. He added "Itno" to his surname in January 2006.

Hissène Habré


Hissène Habré, also spelled Hissen Habré, was the leader of Chad from 1982 until he was deposed in 1990.

François Tombalbaye


François Tombalbaye, also called N'Garta Tombalbaye from 1973 until his death, was a teacher and a trade union activist who served as the first president of Chad. The head of Chad's colonial government and its ruling party, the Chadian Progressive Party, after 1959, Tombalbaye was appointed the nation's head of government after its independence on August 11, 1960. He ruled as a dictator until his deposition and assassination by members of the Chadian military in 1975.

Mahamat Saleh Haroun

Film Director

Mahamat-Saleh Haroun is a film director from Chad who has lived in France since 1982. He made his first feature film, Bye Bye Africa, in 1999. His second feature, Abouna, won best cinematography award at FESPACO, while his third, Daratt, won the Grand Special Jury Prize at the 63rd Venice International Film Festival. The 2010 feature film A Screaming Man won the Jury Prize at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, making Haroun the first Chadian director to enter, as well as win, an award in the main Cannes competition. In April 2011, it was announced that he would be a member of the jury for the main competition at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. His 2013 film Grigris was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

Pape Diouf

Football player

Mababa "Pape" Diouf is a Senegalese former journalist, best known for being the president of French football club Olympique Marseille between 2005 and 2009. Diouf was born in Abéché, Chad, to Senegalese parents. The family returned to their native country shortly after Diouf's birth.

Sosthene Moguenara

Olympic athlete

Sosthene Taroum Moguenara is a German long jumper. She competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, but failed to qualify for the final. In 2011 Moguenara won the bronze medal at the European Athletics U23 Championships in Ostrava.

Mahamat Nouri


General Mahamat Nouri is a Chadian insurgent leader who currently commands the Union of Forces for Democracy and Development. A Muslim from northern Chad, he began his career as a FROLINAT rebel, and when the group's Second Army split in 1976 he sided with his kinsman Hissène Habré. As Habré's associate he obtained in 1978 the first of the many ministerial positions in his career, becoming Interior Minister in a coalition government. When Habré reached the presidency in 1982, Nouri was by his side and played an important role in the regime. Following Habré's downfall in 1990, Nouri passed his allegiance to his successor, Idriss Déby, under whom he rose once again to great prominence, remaining in the cabinet without interruption from 1995 to 2004. After that he was sent as Chad's ambassador to Saudi Arabia: while in that country he broke with Déby in 2006, joining armed opposition against him. Nouri led the creation, from a plurality of armed movements, the most powerful of the Chadian rebel groups, the Union of Forces for Democracy and Development. He started a series of attacks against government positions in eastern Chad in autumn 2006, causing serious difficulties to Déby. After the ultimate failure of a series of talks held in Libya in 2007, Nouri coalesced with two other rebel groups and launched a direct attack on the Chadian capital in February 2008, but was repelled after days of heavy fighting.

Abdullah Omar

Soccer Midfielder

Abdullah Omar Ismail is a Chadian-born Bahraini professional footballer currently playing for Al-Ittihad Jeddah in the Saudi Professional League as a midfielder. He also plays for the Bahrain national football team.

Félix Malloum


Félix Malloum or Félix Malloum Ngakoutou Bey-Ndi was a Chadian politician from the south. He served as an officer in the Chadian Military and as a member of the ruling Chadian Progressive Party. He later became the Chief of Staff with the rank of colonel. He was imprisoned by President François Tombalbaye, but was released after a successful coup-d'etat on April 13, 1975. He served as both President and Prime Minister of Chad until August 29, 1978, when Hissène Habré was appointed Prime Minister to integrate armed northern rebels into the government. However, he was unsuccessful and resigned from the presidency on March 23, 1979. Malloum retired from politics and settled in Nigeria. He returned to the Chadian capital N'Djamena on May 31, 2002, after 23 years in exile. Upon his return he was entitled to the various benefits allowed to former presidents; these benefits included a monthly stipend of 3,000,000 CFA francs, a residence, and coverage of his health expenses, along with a two vehicles and a driver. Malloum died from cardiac arrest aged 76 on June 12, 2009 at the American Hospital in Paris, France.

Romarin Billong


Aimé-Romarin Billong is a former Cameroonian football player. He played for the Cameroon national football team and a few clubs in France. In October 1999 he signed for Premier League side West Ham United to play under Harry Redknapp. However, he never made a first team appearance for the club. He was a participant at the 1998 African Cup of Nations, playing in the group match against Burkina Faso and the quarterfinal against Congo DR. Billong also represented Cameroon during 1998 World Cup qualifiers, but he was not included in the 22-man squad for the final tournament in France.

Karl Max Barthelemy


Karl Max Barthelemy also known as Karl Max Dany is a Chadian football striker who currently plays for Gabonese team CF Mounana on loan from Club Africain, from Tunisia. He is also a member of Chad national football team. He has 16 caps for national team and 2 goals and he was a part of qualifying campaign for 2010 World Cup, as well as 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.

Mahamat Labbo

Soccer Midfielder

Mahamat Ahmat Labbo is a Chadian footballer who plays as striker.

Nabatingue Toko

Soccer Forward

Nabatingue Tokomon Dieudonné, often shortened to Nabatingue Toko is a Chadian football attacker who retired in 1986.

Misdongarde Betolngar

Soccer Forward

Misdongarde Betolngar is a football player from Chad. He currently plays for FK Mladost Lučani in the Serbian First League and the Chad national team. His name is sometimes spelled in different ways, occasionally being named Misdongard or his last name Betoligar or Betonligar. In 2011, Misdongarde was the highest paid athlete from Chad, making an annual salary of $21,500 with FK Metalac Gornji Milanovac.

Moussa Faki


Moussa Faki Mahamat is a Chadian political figure. He was the Prime Minister of Chad from June 24, 2003 until February 4, 2005, and is a member of the Patriotic Salvation Movement. He is part of the Zaghawa ethnic group, the same group as President Idriss Déby. He was President of the Economic, Social, and Cultural Council from 2007 to 2008, and since April 2008 he has been Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Lol Mahamat Choua


Lol Mahamat Choua is a Chadian politician who served as his country's head of state for four months in 1979. He is the President of the Rally for Democracy and Progress political party. An adherent of Islam and a member of the Kanembu ethnic group, Choua came into power during the First Chadian Civil War. The Popular Movement for the Liberation of Chad, a Kanembu rebel group backed by Nigeria, along with the central government, the Armed Forces of the North and the People's Armed Forces were the main combatants. When a peace conference was organized in Kano, Nigeria, the MPLT, which suffered from a lack of members, chose Lol to head its delegation to meeting. Under Nigerian pressure, Lol was made head of the Transitional Government of National Unity on April 29, 1979, by the four factions present at Kano I. The GUNT included 21 ministers, of whom 11 were northerners and 10 were southerners. Goukouni Oueddei, head of the FAP, became Interior Minister, Hissène Habré became Defence Minister, and Wadel Abdelkader Kamougué, leader of the Chadian Armed Forces, became vice-president. But the transitional government excluded all the pro-Libyan forces; as a result, a rival government, backed by Muammar al-Gaddafi, was formed; it was called the Democratic Revolutionary Council, and it was headed by Ahmat Acyl, an Arab.

Ibni Oumar Mahamat Saleh


Ibni Oumar Mahamat Saleh was a Chadian politician and opposition leader who headed the Party for Liberties and Development.

Kaltouma Nadjina

Olympic athlete

Kaltouma Nadjina is a Chadian sprinter. Her specialities are the 200 and 400 metres. Born in Bol by a modest family, her sportif career began when she participated in 1993 at Moundou to the National Sport Week. Her victory in the 400 metres opened her the road to the selection for the 1994 World Junior Championships held in Lisbon. In February 1997, with the help of a grant obtained by the International Olympic Committee, she left Chad for the United States. In 1999 she moved to Calgary, Canada, where she trained under former Canadian Olympic coach, John Cannon. To this day, her most important victories are the 200 m gold medal won in the 2001 Jeux de la Francophonie held in Ottawa and the 200 and 400 m gold medals in the 2002 African Championships held in Tunis. At the 2002 IAAF World Cup she finished fifth in 400 m and fourth in 4 x 400 m relay. She holds the Chadian records in both 100 m, 200 m, 400 m and 800 m.

Youssouf Saleh Abbas


Youssouf Saleh Abbas is a Chadian political figure who was Prime Minister of Chad from April 2008 to March 2010. He was previously a diplomatic adviser and special representative of President Idriss Déby.

Emmanuel Nadingar


Emmanuel Djelassem Nadingar is a Chadian politician who served as Prime Minister of Chad from March 2010 to January 2013.

Adoum Younousmi


Adoum Younousmi is a Chadian politician who served in the government of Chad as Minister of Public Works and Transport from 2003 to 2005 and as Minister of State for Infrastructure from 2005 to 2011. He was briefly Prime Minister in an acting capacity for a few days in February 2007.

Issa Serge Coelo

Film Director

Issa Serge Coelo is a Chadian film director. Born in Biltine, Chad, he studied history in Paris and film at the Ecole Supérieure de Réalisation Audiovisuelle. He then worked as a cameraman at Métropole Télévision, France 3, TV5MONDE and CFI before creating the 1994 short film Un taxi pour Aouzou. The film was well-received, being nominated for a 1997 César Award in the category Best Short Film - Fiction. This was followed by the feature films Daresalam and Tartina City. He also portrayed himself in the 1999 film Bye Bye Africa, which was directed by Chad's other prominent director Mahamat Saleh Haroun.

Koulsy Lamko


Koulsy Lamko is a Chadian-born playwright, poet, novelist and university lecturer. Born in Dadouar, Lamko left his country for Burkina Faso in 1979 due to the beginning of the civil war. There, he became acquainted with Thomas Sankara and involved with the Institute of Black Peoples in Ouagadougou. Lamko spent ten years promoting community theater in Burkina Faso through the Theater of the Community and helped found the International Festival of Theatre for Development. Some of his poetry was published in Revue Noire in 1994. In 1997 he co-released the album Bir Ki Mbo of mixed poetry and music in tribute to Sankara in collaboration with Stéphane Scott and Rémi Stengel. A regular attendant at the Limousin Festival International des Francophonies, he briefly lived in Limoges, France. He then moved to Rwanda, where he read for his doctorate at the National University in Butare while founding the university's Center for the Arts and the Theater and teaching theater and creative writing. His doctoral thesis was on emerging theatrical aesthetics in Africa. His experience in Rwanda led him to write his only novel, La phalène des collines, about the 1994 genocide.

Marius Mbaiam

Soccer Midfielder

Nekiambé Marius Mbaiam is a Chadian footballer who currently plays in the Championnat de France amateur for Grenoble Foot 38.

Joseph Brahim Seid


Joseph Brahim Seid was a Chadian writer and politician. He served as Minister of Justice from 1966 to 1975. As a writer he is known for the works Au Tchad sous les étoiles and Un enfant du Tchad, based on his own life.

Idriss Ndele Moussa


Idriss Ndele Moussa was the president of the African Union's Pan-African Parliament from 2009-2012. He became president on May 29, 2009. The other leading contenders for the presidency were Sawadogo Lassane and Mostefa Abdelaziz El-Gendy. Moussa received a majority of votes of the members of the Pan-African Parliament. A dental surgeon by profession, Moussa has served as Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ndjamena. He is married and has six children. Moussa has held several leadership positions within the National Assembly of Chad, and has served for several years in the Pan-African Parliament. He also served Secretary General of the Conseil Supérieur de Transition, which acted as a provisional parliament from the National Sovereign Conference in Chad. He was a member of the African Union mission to observe the parliamentary elections in Mauritius in 2005, member of the PAP mission to observe the general elections in Zimbabwe in 2008, and Head of the PAP mission to observe the parliamentary elections in Angola in 2008.

Delwa Kassiré Koumakoye


Nouradine Delwa Kassiré Koumakoye is a Chadian politician and the head of the National Rally for Development and Progress political party. After serving as a minister in the government during the 1980s and early 1990s; he was Prime Minister of Chad from November 6, 1993 to April 8, 1995 and again from February 26, 2007 to April 16, 2008. Since 2008, he has been the President of the Economic, Social and Cultural Council.

Youssouf Djaoro


Youssouf Djaoro is a Chadian film actor. He made his debut by appearing in the film Daresalam in 2000 in which he played the character of Tom. It was directed by the critically acclaimed Issa Serge Coelo and was the first of several films they have collaborated with. Tartina City, also directed by Coelo in 2006 in which Djaoro played a journalist won the Innovation Award at the 31st Montreal World Film Festival. Later in 2006 he starred in the film Daratt playing the role of Nassara. Directed by Mahamat Saleh Haroun, Darratt won the Grand Special Jury Prize at the 63rd Venice International Film Festival, as well as eight other prizes at Venice and the Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou. For his role in "A Screaming Man", Djaoro won the Silver Hugo for best actor at the 46th Chicago International Film Festival.

Fidèle Moungar


Fidèle Abdelkérim Moungar is a Chadian doctor and a veteran politician who served as Prime Minister of Chad in 1993. He is currently Secretary-General of Chadian Action for Unity and Socialism, a left-wing opposition party. Moungar is an ethnic Sara, born in 1948 in Doba in the Logone Oriental Region, who has practiced as a surgeon in France. He started his political career when, along with other exiles, he founded ACTUS, a party hostile to both the FROLINAT and Wadel Abdelkader Kamougué's de facto government of southern Chad, the Comité Permanente du Sud, in May 1979 in Paris. In 1992, two years after the rise to the presidency of Idriss Déby, he became Minister of Education in the government led by Jean Alingué Bawoyeu. At the Sovereign National Conference, a reconciliation conference representing most Chadian factions that was first convened on January 15, 1993, Moungar was elected as transitional Prime Minister on April 6, 1993, receiving 444 votes against the 334 received by Adoum Helbongo. He succeeded Alingué as Prime Minister on April 7. Moungar formed a transitional government including 16 ministers, in which all party leaders had a post; among these, Saleh Kebzabo became Trade and Industry Minister, Delwa Kassiré Koumakoye became Communications Minister and Wadel Abdelkader Kamougué became Civil Service and Labour Minister. In a message on Radio Tchad, Moungar asserted his cabinet's loyalty to the CNS' instructions, claiming that his ministers would be the CNS' "missionaries".

Pascal Yoadimnadji


Pascal Yoadimnadji served as the Prime Minister of Chad from February 2005 to February 2007.

Leger Djime

Soccer Midfielder

Leger Djimrangar is a Chadian football midfielder, the member of Chad national football team.

Jean Alingué Bawoyeu


Jean Alingué Bawoyeu, known in French as the vieux sage, which translates as "wise elder", is a Chadian politician who was Prime Minister of Chad from 1991 to 1992. During the 1970s, he served successively as Ambassador to the United States and France. Later, he was President of the National Assembly of Chad in 1990. He served in the government as Minister of Justice from 2008 to 2010 and as Minister of Posts and New Information Technologies from 2010 to 2013. A Christian, his base of support is in Tandjilé, in southern Chad, from which he originates.

Mahamat Hissein

Football player

Mahamat Hissein is a Chadian footballer, who plays for AS Moulins.

Mahamat Saleh Annadif


Mahamat Saleh Annadif is a Chadian diplomat who served as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1997 to 2003. Annadif was born in Arada, Chad and worked at the telecommunications department of the National Office of Posts and Telecommunications from 1981 to 1982. As a leading member of the National Liberation Front of Chad/Democratic Revolutionary Council, he was in charge of the group's information and propaganda from 1982 to 1985; afterwards he was Second Vice-President of FROLINAT/CDR from 1985 to 1988. He again worked at the ONTP from 1988 to 1989 as head of research, and he served in the government as Secretary of State for Agriculture from 1989 to 1990. Later, he was Director-General of the ONTP from 1995 to 1997. Annadif was first appointed as Minister of Foreign Affairs on May 21, 1997. On January 9, 2003, he signed a peace agreement with Mahamat Garfa, the leader of the rebel National Resistance Alliance, in Libreville, Gabon, providing for a cease-fire and the reintegration of the rebels into society. He was replaced as Foreign Minister after six years. Later, he was appointed as the Director of the Cabinet of President Idriss Déby, taking office on September 9, 2004. He was subsequently appointed as Permanent Representative of the African Union to the European Union in May 2006. He was appointed as Secretary-general of the Presidency of the Republic of Tchad in April 2010. He was named African Union Special Representative for Somalia and Head of the African Union Mission in Somalia on November, 2nd 2012. Annadif is a member of the International Advisory Board of the African Press Organization.

Mahamat Idriss

Olympic athlete

Mahamat Idriss was a Chadian high jumper. He was born in N'Djamena, French Equatorial Africa. Before the Chadian independency on August 11, 1960 he competed for France, winning the French national championships in 1960 and 1961. He also finished twelfth at the 1960 Olympic Games for this country. For Chad he finished ninth at the 1964 Olympic Games. On the Track and Field News annual world rankings Idriss placed ninth in 1961, tenth in 1964 and eighth in 1966. His personal best jump was 2.17 metres, achieved in April 1966 in N'Djamena. This is still the Chadian record, although it has been equalled by Paul Ngadjadoum and Mathias Ngadjadoum in 1993 and 1996 respectively.

Hassan Hissein

Soccer Midfielder

Hassan Hissein is a Chadian footballer who plays as striker for El-Kanemi Warriors and Chad national team.

Hinikissia Albertine Ndikert

Olympic athlete

Hinikissia Albertine Ndikert is a track and field sprint athlete who competes internationally for Chad. Ndikert represented Chad at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. She competed at the 100 metres sprint and placed seventh in her heat without advancing to the second round. She ran the distance in a time of 12.55 seconds.

Mahamoud Adam Béchir


Mahamoud Adam Béchir is the Republic of Chad's ambassador to the South Africa. Bechir was appointed to the position of ambassador by President Idriss Deby. Ambassador Bechir also served 8 years as ambassador From Chad to United States

Jacqueline Moudeina


Jacqueline Moudeina is a Chadian lawyer and human rights activist, who is known for her work in attempting to bring Hissène Habré to justice for crimes against humanity, as well as those who worked with him.

Mahamat Habib Saleh


Mahamat Saleh Habib, also known as Mahamat Saleh is a Chadian professional football player, who currently plays for US Albi.

Yaya Kerim

Soccer Midfielder

Yaya Kerim is a Chadian football striker and the member of Chad national football team. He currently plays for USM El Harrach in the Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1.

Ahmed Evariste Medego

Soccer Midfielder

Ahmed Evariste Medego is a Chadian international football midfielder who currently plays for Missile FC in the Gabon Championnat National D1.

Francis Oumar Belonga

Soccer Forward

Francis Oumar Belonga is a Chadian footballer who currently plays for Renaissance FC.

Armel Koulara


Armel N'Dinga Koulara Kwanyéllé is a footballer from Chad who plays as a goalkeeper for AS CotonTchad.

Armand Djerabe


Armand Djérabé is a Chadian footballer who plays for Foullah Edifice.

Sitamadji Allarassem

Soccer Defender

Sitamadji Allarassem is a Chadian football defender who currently plays for Tourbillon FC. He is also a member of Chad national football team where he plays right back position. He has 7 caps for national team and was a part of qualifying campaign for 2010 World Cup, as well as 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.

Ahmed Senoussi

Olympic athlete

Ahmed Senoussi is a former Chadian high jumper. He finished twelfth in the high jump final at the 1968 Olympic Games. He also competed at the 1972 Olympic Games without reaching the final.

Hilaire Kédigui

Soccer Midfielder

Hilaire Kédigui is a Chadian professional football player. He plays in Chad for Gazelle FC.

Ndakom Valerie Ndeidoum


Valérie Ndakom Ndeidoum is a retired Chadian goalkeeper.

Olivier Mbaigoto

Basketball Forward

Olivier Mbaigoto is a basketball player who plays for the Central Michigan Chippewas.

Esaie Djikoloum

Soccer Forward

Esaie Djikoloum is a Chadian footballer who plays as Striker for AS CotonTchad.

Cesar Madalangue

Soccer Defender

Cesar Madalngué is a Chadian football defender and the member of Chad national football team. He has 14 caps for national team, and he was a part of qualifying campaign for 2010 World Cup.

Carine Ngarlemdana

Olympic Judo Athlete

Carine Ngarlemdana is a Chadian judoka. She competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the Women's -70 kg event. She was the flag bearer for Chad at the opening ceremony.

Abbas Maigue

Soccer Defender

Maigue Abbas is a Chadian football defender, the member of Chad national football team where he plays central back position.

Xavier Yombandje


François Xavier Yombandje is a former Central African Roman Catholic bishop. Yombandje was born on July 9, 1956 in Koumra, Chad. He was ordained a priest in 1985. In 1997 he became bishop of Kaga-Bandoro and in 2004 of Bossangoa. He was chairman of the Central African Episcopal Conference. Yombandje resigned from his pastoral duties on May 16, 2009 after a Vatican investigation found that many local priests had violated their vows of chastity, poverty and obedience. Yombandje was also specifically cited for having a common-law wife. A few weeks later the archbishop of Bangui, Paulin Pomodimo, resigned as well.

Djimalde Dossengar

Soccer Defender

Djimalde Dossengar is a Chadian football midfielder and the member of Chad national football team. He has 8 caps for national team, and he was a part of qualifying campaign for 2010 World Cup.

Ahmat Brahim

Football player

Ahmat Brahim is a Chadian footballer. He currently plays as a midfielder for Elect-Sport FC.

Mondésir Alladjim

Soccer Defender

Mondesir Alladjim is a Chadian football defender who currently plays for Renaissance FC. He is also a member of Chad national football team where he plays central back position. He has 15 caps for national team and was a part of qualifying campaign for 2010 World Cup, as well as 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.

Fernand Poukré-Kono


Fernand Poukré-Kono is the Permanent Representative to the United Nations for the Central African Republic, taking office in January 2003. He is married with two children.

Sylvain Ndoubam

Soccer Defender

Sylvain Ndoubam is a Chadian footballer.

Rufin Yambe

Football player

Rufin Yambe is a Chadian professional football player, he plays in the for Renaissance FC.

Rodrigue Ninga

Soccer Midfielder

Rodrigue Ninga is a Chadian footballer who plays for Renaissance FC.

Herman Doumde

Soccer Midfielder

Herman Doumde is a Chadian footballer who plays for Gazelle FC.

Moumine Ekiang

Soccer Goalkeeper

Moumine Ekiang is a Chadian footballer.

Ndiganbeye Appolinaire

Soccer Midfielder

Ndiganbeye Appolinaire is a Chadian footballer who plays for Renaissance FC.

Abakar Adoum

Soccer Midfielder

Abakar Adoum is a Chadian footballer who plays for Renaissance N'Djaména.

Mbaya II Brice

Soccer Goalkeeper

Mbaya II Brice is a Chadian footballer who plays for Foullah Edifice.

Ferdinand Gassina

Soccer Midfielder

Ferdinand Gassina is a Chadian footballer who plays for Foullah Edifice.

Cesar Abaya

Soccer Midfielder

Cesar Abaya is a Chadian footballer who plays for Renaissance FC.

Jules Mbairemadji

Soccer Midfielder

Jules Mbairemadji is a Chadian footballer .

Pina Guillaume

Basketball Player

Pina Guillaume is a basketball player.

Djideo Abdoulaye

Soccer Midfielder

Djideo Abdoulaye is a Chadian footballer.