At 25, he already has a CV to make many of his elders turn jealous. Business Developer, in charge of Nigeria and Ghana, at Saint-Gobain, he now lives between Lagos and Accra.

A position created barely three years ago and which he is the first to occupy, in order to support the new international strategy of the French housing giant (39.5 billion euros in turnover in 2015), increasingly focused on sub-Saharan Africa.

Pan-African businessman
Already present in South Africa and the Maghreb, the group is gradually establishing itself in Kenya, in the two large Anglo-Saxon countries of the West, but also in Senegal and Côte d’Ivoire. The company, moreover, recently participated in the restoration of the Postel 2001 tower [105 m, 26 floors] of the Plateau d’Abidjan, the business district, alongside the PFO company of the architect Pierre Fakhoury .

French, of Senegalese origin, Adama represents perfectly this new generation of ultra-trained, multilingual Africans, completely globalized and as comfortable in New York as in Niamey or Hong-Kong. Always between two planes – he flew to Lagos when we meet him – he got used to the cultural subtleties in the sub-region and their consequences on business.

Adama Gaye always knew he would work “on African issues”

“It takes, for example, a lot of time, discussions to sell products or simply prospect new customers in Dakar or Abidjan. Unlike Lagos, where everything is going faster and where the projects are at once more diverse, more numerous, the businessmen and women less dependent on the state, on the political world “, explains the young man.

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