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Fatima Ahmed Ibrahim

Fatima Ahmed Ibrahim

Born in 1933, Ibrahim is a Sudanese writer, women rights activist and socialist leader. She joined Omdurman Girls’ Secondary School, and her activities towards women rights started from that time. Ibrahim published a wall newspaper called Elra’edda (meaning Vanguard or The Pioneer girls), focusing on the women rights. She wrote in newspapers at that time by code name. Ibrahim conducted the first women strike in Sudan when her school administration decided to omit the science lessons and replaced it with family science lesson. The strike was successful. In 1947, she founded Intellectual Women Association and in 1952, she worked with other women and founded Aletahad Elnees’y Alsodanni (Sudanese Women’s Union). A sphere of action of Women’s Union (WU) opened membership to all women in Sudan and WU opened branches in different provinces in the country. At WU, she also worked to establish equality with men in wages and technical training, and helped to remove illiteracy among women. Because of WU’s objectives, there occurred clashes with the political right such as Jabihat El-methaiq elaslami (Islamic Pledge Front). In 1955, Ibrahim became a chief editor of Sawat al-Maraa Magazine (Woman’s Voice Magazine), published by WU. The magazine later plays an essential role in the overthrow of the Ibrahim Aboud regime. In 1954, Ibrahim’s joined the Sudanese Communist Party (SCP) and became a member of the Central Committee of the SCP (SCP was the first Sudanese Party which women had a formation inside the party since 1946). In 1956-1957, Ibrahim became the president of WU. In 1965, Ibrahim was elected to enter the parliament and became the first deputy Sudanese women. During Nimiri’s regime, Ibrahim was arrested many times. In 1990, Ibrahim left Sudan after Omar Al Bashir military coup, and joined the opposition in exile as the president banned WU. In 1991, Ibrahim was elected President of the Women International Democratic Federation. She returned to Sudan in 2005 after reconciliation between the government and opposition, and currently has been appointed as a deputy in the parliament representing the SCP. In 1993, she received a UN award for Outstanding Achievements in the Field of Human Rights. In 2006, she was awarded Ibn Rushd Prize from Ibn Rushd Fund For Freedom of Thought.

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Nahid Toubia

Nahid Toubia

Born in Khartoum, Toubia is the cofounder and President of RAINBO. She’s a surgeon and women’s health rights activist, specializing in research into female genital mutilation (FGM). In 1981, she became a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the first woman surgeon in Sudan. Recently, Toubia worked for four years as an Associate for Women’s Reproductive Health at the Population Council in New York and is currently an Associate Professor at Columbia University School of Public Health. She is also a member of several scientific and advisory committees of the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and UNDP, and Vice-Chair of the advisory committee of the Women’s Rights Watch Project of Human Rights Watch where she previously served on the Board of Directors. She publishes extensively on issues of reproductive health, women’s rights, and gender inequality with focus on Africa and the Middle East. Among Toubia’s publications are Female Genital Mutilation: A Guide to Worldwide Laws and PoliciesCaring for Women with Circumcision: A Technical Manual for Health Care ProvidersLearning About Social Change: A Research and Evaluation Guidebook Using Female Circumcision as a Case Study and Female Genital Mutilation: A Call for Global Action.

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Ataui Deng

Ataui Deng

Born in Khartoum, Deng is a Sudanese-American fashion model. She’s a niece of Sudanese-British fashion model, Alek Wek. Together with her family, she moved to the United States (San Antonio, Texas) in 2004. Just four years later, her modeling career started when she signed a contract with Trump Model in New York. Since then she walked the catwalk for renowned names such as Zac Posen, Lacoste, Christian Dior and John Galliano. In 2010, she closed the S/S 11 Lanvin show in Paris, alongside Ajak Deng, Jeneil Williams, Melodie Monrose, and Jourdan Dunn. She also appeared in magazines such as Teen Vogue, V Magazine, and appeared on the cover of French Revue de Mode. Furthermore, she was shot for campaigns by fashion brands Kenzo and Benetton, among others. She’s currently signed with Trump Models in New York, and with Elite Models in Paris and Milan.

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Ajak Deng

Ajak Deng

Deng, 19, was one of the breakout stars of the SS10 Paris shows, booking Chloe, Givenchy, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Lanvin. An array of editorials has followed – most notably, Interview with Mikael Jansson and V with Amy Troost. Born in the Sudan, Ajak now calls Melbourne, Australia home. In March 2010, she walked for Lanvin, Givenchy, Chloe, Marc by Marc Jacobs and Jean Paul Gaultier.

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Atong Arjok

Atong Arjok

Arjok is a Sudanese American model born in California in 5 October 1985. She was first discovered in Los Angeles but moved to New York so that she can be more involved in the industry. Arjok is considered to be one of the top Nubian models and black models to enter the fashion world since popular model, Alek Wek. She is known for her long legs and her beauty has often been compared to Alek Wek’s. She has walked the runway for renowned Designers such as Luca Luca, Phillip Lim, Catherine Malandrino, Diane von Furstenberg, Sass Bide, Custo Barcelona, Alexandre Herchcovitch, Lacoste, Heatherette. She appeared in Vogue Italia and was photographed by Steven Klein, Michael Thompson for Allure, Glamour, Trace, Teen Vogue, and Russian Vogue. Arjon has appeared in national ad campaigns for Patricia Fields for Destination Style New York, Kenneth Cole Reaction, John Varvatos for Converse, Diesel, Catherine Malandrino, Behnaz Sarafpour for Target, I.N.C. She was photographed by Greg Kadel and photographed for cosmetics ad campaigns for Estée Lauder Prescriptives and Sephora. In 2008, she appeared in a two 30 second commercials and received a spot for Target, featuring designers Milla Jovovich, Carmen Hawk and Old Navy.

Originally posted by the amazing Ola Dia, creator of Twitter page: @Sudan_Voices, posted on her blog (http://oladiab.com/2011/05/28/sudanese-who-made-it-big/) who has given me so much hope, inspiration, and makes me proud to be able to call myself Sudanese 😉

Roubi L’Roubi

Roubi L’Roubi

British-born L’Roubi came to London from Sudan in the 1980s and graduated from Imperial College, London. He is a London couturier who brings together the best traditions of Savile Row and Bond Street. As creative director, he is in demand as for both mens’ and ladies’ tailoring, country and shooting attire, and ladies’ evening wear. In December 2012, L’Roubi became the co-owner and Creative Director of Huntsman, the iconic Savile Row brand. He also runs a company called, Asked For Designs, in London.

Originally posted by the amazing Ola Dia, creator of Twitter page: @Sudan_Voices, posted on her blog (http://oladiab.com/2011/05/28/sudanese-who-made-it-big/) who has given me so much hope, inspiration, and makes me proud to be able to call myself Sudanese 😉

Omer Asim

Omer Asim

Sudanese Omer Asim studied architecture at The Bartlett followed by a postgraduate at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He experimented within the United Stations Development Program before finding fashion. Asim learnt the craft through a number of internships starting with Maurice Sedwell Row, leading to a freelance with the wardrobe team of the smash hit Harry Potter saga. His label launched with a small installation during London Fashion Week in September ’09.

After graduating in architecture at The Bartlett (University College London), Sudanese Omer Asim took a Master’s at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He then studied psychoanalysis, an experience that drew him towards fashion and the concept of appearance as the relationship between mind and body. His initial experience as a designer was at Maurice Sedwell, the famous tailors in London’s Savile Row, and making costumes for the successful Harry Potter saga. In 2009 he launched his own brand with an installation during the London Fashion Week. Omer Asim also works with the Sudanese jewellery designer Maya Antoun, a graduate from Central Saint Martin’s. The jewels are made in collaboration with filigree craftsmen from Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo with the aim of safeguarding and developing local workshops which are risking extinction.

 
Originally posted by the amazing Ola Dia, creator of Twitter page: @Sudan_Voices, posted on her blog (http://oladiab.com/2011/05/28/sudanese-who-made-it-big/) who has given me so much hope, inspiration, and makes me proud to be able to call myself Sudanese 😉

Siddig El Nigoumi

Siddig El Nigoumi 

According to Jane Perryman, author of the book, Smoke Firing: Contemporary Artists and Approaches, El Nigoumi was the most successful of his generation of ex-patriot African Artists at synthesizing African, Arab and British cultural influences. Born in Sudan in 1931, he was a calligrapher at first, who abstracted the art to embellish his clay canvasses in the form of dishes, pots and animal figurines. El Nigoumi claims he enjoyed playing with mud on the banks of the Nile River, which gave him the interest in pottery. He trained at Khartoum Art School (1952 – 1955) and became a calligrapher then shortly after, studied in London at the Central School of Art. Then he returned to Sudan to teach. It is believed that as a teacher, El Nigoumi encouraged his students to look towards their own culture and traditions, often bringing his classes to analyze shapes at the Ethnographical Museum. In 1967, he moved to England where he continued to teach and decided to settle permanently, finding it to be a more creative environment. In 1987, he was featured in the Aberystwyth Ceramics festival. For El Nigoumi, being an Artist, African and Sudanese were extremely important. He found expression for his identity in his ceramics.

Originally posted by the amazing Ola Dia, creator of Twitter page: @Sudan_Voices, posted on her blog (http://oladiab.com/2011/05/28/sudanese-who-made-it-big/) who has given me so much hope, inspiration, and makes me proud to be able to call myself Sudanese 😉

Khalid Albaih

Khalid Albaih

Born in 1981 in Romania, Khalid is a Sudanese political cartoonist based in Doha, Qatar. Currently working in the Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar, Khalid considers himself a virtual revolutionist, publishing his political cartoons about life in the Arab world on various blogs and websites. Albaih has hands on experience, which he gained through collaborating with other artists, filmmakers, writers and illustrators for freelance and personal projects. His art work published in many publications world wide including The Atlantic, The New York Times, and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung – FAZ.

Originally posted by the amazing Ola Dia, creator of Twitter page: @Sudan_Voices, posted on her blog (http://oladiab.com/2011/05/28/sudanese-who-made-it-big/) who has given me so much hope, inspiration, and makes me proud to be able to call myself Sudanese 😉

Faisal Agab Sido

Faisal Agab Sido

Born 24 August 1978, Sido is a Sudanese football player who plays as an attacking midfielder and striker for Sudan national team and the Sudanese club Al-Merreikh. He is also the captain of Al-Merreikh club. He is the all-time leading Sudanese scorer in African championships with 20 goals and Arabian championships with seven goals. Agab is the top scorer of the Sudanese league and as of 2013 had scored 392 goals total. He was the highest Sudanese premier league goals with 104 goals. He wears the number 24 in Al Merrikh and number 17 in the Nile Crocodiles Sudan national team.

Originally posted by the amazing Ola Dia, creator of Twitter page: @Sudan_Voices, posted on her blog (http://oladiab.com/2011/05/28/sudanese-who-made-it-big/) who has given me so much hope, inspiration, and makes me proud to be able to call myself Sudanese 😉

Awn Al-Sharif Qasim

Awn Al-Sharif Qasim

Qasim (June 16, 1933 – January 19, 2006) was a prolific Sudanese writer, encyclopedist and a prominent scholar. Being one of the Sudan’s leading experts on Arabic language and literature, he strongly advocated Arabic/Islamic culture and Sudanese culture. Qasim authored more than 70 books in the area of Islamic history and civilization, Arabic literature, studies in the Sudanese dialect languages. Along with Professor Abdalla Eltayeb and Professor Abu Saleem, Qasim was considered one of the scholars who shaped the Sudanese academic scene during the last three decades of the 20th century. In the mid nineties, he authored the Sudanese Encyclopedia of Tribes and Genealogies, a pioneer, state of the art series of books for the different Sudanese tribes, their roots and origins. With this project, the Sudanese government awarded him the most prestigious prize known as Az-Zubair Prize for Innovation and Scientific Excellence. Egyptian President Muhammad Husni Mubarak also awarded Qasim the Egyptian prestigious First Class Golden Award for scientific achievements in 1992. Qasim also authored Dictionary of Sudanese Dialects another valuable source of information on Sudanese culture. Scholars worldwide use his dictionary as a valuable reference on Sudanese dialects.

 
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Jamal Mahjoub

Jamal Mahjoub

Mahjoub is British/Sudanese award winning writer. Born in London, he was raised in Khartoum until 1990. After being awarded a scholarship, Mahjoub left to London to attend university in Sheffield. While still a student he began publishing his literary texts in magazines. The English writer lived in a number of places including the UK, Denmark and currently, Spain. Originally trained as a geologist, he has worked as a librarian, painter, chef, curator, journalist and translator. Now, Mahjoub is a full time writer, writing at least seven novels and four of which have been highly acclaimed and widely translated. The author has been awarded the Prix d’Astrobale for the novel “Travelling with Djinns” (2003) and the Guardian/Heinemann African Short Story Prize.

 
Originally posted by the amazing Ola Dia, creator of Twitter page: @Sudan_Voices, posted on her blog (http://oladiab.com/2011/05/28/sudanese-who-made-it-big/) who has given me so much hope, inspiration, and makes me proud to be able to call myself Sudanese 😉

Moiz Bakhiet

Moiz Bakhiet

Bakhiet is a Sudanese-Swedish professor, chairman of the department of molecular medicine at the Arabian Gulf University and the founder of Princess Al-Jawhara Center for Molecular Medicine, Genetics and Inherited Diseases in Bahrain. He is also a neurologist at the Bahrain Royal Medical Services in Manama, Bahrain. He received his M.B.B.S. in 1985 from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Khartoum and his Ph.D. in Medical Sciences in 1993 from Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. He also obtained a Clinical Specialty in Neurology in 1993 from the Swedish Board of Health and Welfare. Professor Bakhiet published more than 100 papers in high rated scientific journals with several International Patents. He is an active member in many International Scientific and Medical Societies and Associations. In the field of literature and thought, Professor Bakhiet published 12 poetry books which have been collected recently in three full collections of poetry. He participated in more than 100 national, regional and international poem festivals and recitations and won several awards. He also has several creativity contributions in many cultural, intellectual and creative forums in different countries of the world such as the Mirbad Festival in Iraq in 1987, the XIII Ramtha Festival of Arabic poetry, Jordan, 13 –18 August 2007. He presented several poem recitation in many Arab cities and in Europe, Americas and Asia and hosted by several TVs, radio and Arab and Western satellite channels. He is one of the founders of the Arab Swedish Cultural Society, Chairman of the Association of Culture and Cultural Secretary of the Association of Medical Students at the University of Khartoum, provider of television programs and TV late shows in Sudan from 1985 until 1989 and a founder of a major cultural forum on the Internet. Professor Bakhiet is a founder of the Sudanese Movement for Change.

 
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Khalda Zahir

Khalda Zahir

Born in Omdourman in 1926, Khalda was the eldest daughter to Zahir Alsadati, the commander of the Sudanese Armed Force Battalion that took part in Palestine war in 1948. Khalda Zahir was the first female university student, first woman doctor, first chairperson of the Sudanese Women Union, first Sudanese women jailed for political reasons during colonization reign and the first women obtained an official membership in a Sudanese political party. She joined Gordon College as the first female student allowed to reach university. Khalda continued her medical study in Gordon College till she graduated in 1952 from Kitchener Medical School as the first Sudanese woman doctor. She did her postgraduate study in Slovakia and UK where she specialized in pediatrics. She upgraded in the profession scale till she became an undersecretary in the ministry of Health. Throughout her work she moved and went to all Sudan’s regions ;fully committed to her profession’s duties in disseminating awareness on woman and child health ,child rights and combating detrimental practices.

 
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Anwar Dafallah

Anwar Dafallah

Born in Port Sudan on January 23 1978, Anwar Fatihelrahman Ahmed Dafa-Alla received his early education in Sudan then graduated from the AASTMT as a Computer Engineer in 2003. He worked as web designer/developer during his university days, and then as a part-time lecturer in his home town after graduation. He established his own small company in Khartoum in 2003, just before he came to South Korea where he joined the Master course in Chungbuk National University, Cheong Ju, Chungbuk, Korea. He finished his Master course in 2006, and established his own company in Korea as well. Then he suspended it and switched again to full-time Ph.D student. He participated in establishing several NGO and groups in Sudan, such as Sudan Developers Association. Dafallah is mostly known for being a volunteer translator for TEDx.

 
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Dr El Tayeb Mustafa

Dr El Tayeb Mustafa

President of Future University-Sudan, former Director of the Division for Science Policy & Sustainable Development at the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), a Founding Member of the Arab Academy of Sciences, a Member of the Royal Academy of Overseas Science (Belgium), the Secretary of the UNESCO-EOLSS Joint Committee in Charge of the Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (www.eolss.net). I also served for 10 years as Editor-in-Chief of the Unesco World Science Report. Dr El Tayeb has been selected to become the first chairman of the Arab Forum for Sustainability Science. He is also responsible for the Unesco chair on Echotechnie for Sustainable Development, at the Future University. He is a member of the Governing Board of International Centre for South-South Cooperation in Science, Technology and Innovation, KL Malaysia and Member of the Governing Board of the International Centre for Science, Technology Strategy.

 
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Natasja Saad

Natasja Saad

Also known as Lil T, Little T and Natasja, Saad was a rapper and reggae singer whose vocals on a popular reggae fusion remix of Calabria gained her worldwide fame and a number one spot on Billboard’s Hot Dance Airplay chart six months after her death in a car accident. Before going solo, Natasja made her Danish breakthrough in 1990 when she formed the reggae band, “No Name Requested,” with Mukupa. The daughter of Sudanese father and Danish mother, died on June 24, 2007 at the age of 32 in a car accident in Jamaica.

 
Originally posted by the amazing Ola Dia, creator of Twitter page: @Sudan_Voices, posted on her blog (http://oladiab.com/2011/05/28/sudanese-who-made-it-big/) who has given me so much hope, inspiration, and makes me proud to be able to call myself Sudanese 😉