On April 7, Mahamane Sani Mahamadou Issoufou, known as Abba, was appointed Minister of Petroleum and Energy. The son of the former head of state is a discreet but connected man, who has never liked to play papamadit.
The first name, kanouri, of his maternal grandfather has become the nickname by which almost everyone calls him. Born thirty-seven years ago in Niamey, the son of Mahamadou and Assata Issoufou has two brothers and two sisters.
His academic background is exclusively English-speaking: bachelor of Science Purdue University (Indiana), master’s degree in economic policy Birmingham (Great Britain), then master’s degree in public administration Harvard, in 2015. In the United States, he experienced the best (training ), but also ordinary racism. When you enter a store, they follow you to make sure you don’t steal anything. And, at night, checks at the police station are almost systematic.