Who's Who in Nubia
self-devotion to serve the country first then their small community are
synonymous to all Sudanese & Egyptian Nubian. Neither
overlooking,relocation and inundation of their homelands , nor their remote
locality far a way from the political and administration decision-making
center (the capital) would stop them from playing a very active and
noticeable role in all life aspects of Sudan. Among
them are Politicians,Cabinet Ministers, Adminsitrators, Governers, Senior
Civil Serrvants, Teachers, Journalist, Writers, Poets, Police and Army
Officers,Lawyers and judges,professionals(Medical & Vet. doctors,
Architects, Engineers,Agriculturists), Artist and Singers, Actors,
Painters, Industrialists, Economists, Entrepreneurs & Businessmen, Caterers.
This page is
dedicated to all those great Nubian who physically left our world but remain
alive by their outstanding deeds and contribution.
Please, read this first:
ETHICAL AND MORAL COMMITMENT:
Sidahmed, the author of these pages take the full responsibility of all data
shown here under . Since I live far away from home -for the last two
decades-as an expatriate in UAE, I have a very limited access to the
different sources of information on Nubian individuals. However I tried hard
to compile a more realistic list of distinguished Nubian based mainly on my
own recollection and with no prejudice or predilection. I get no personal
benefit out of all this , since my main target is the promotion of our
Nubian Community, Culture and Heritage. It is evident to me that most if not
all of the enlisted had not known me personally or I have never seen them,
respectively if a name is skipped or not enlisted that is just because I
didn't know or I forgot. Nobody to be blamed but me."
(the late)Ustaz Ibrahim Ahmed 1899-1988: A prominent Politician with a very
active role in the struggle for the independence of Sudan , Entrepreneur,
Social worker, Educationalist , Engineer by education and practice , a
teacher at Gordon Memorail College,the first Sudanese Deputy to V.Chancellor
of the University of Khartoum ,the first chairman of the University of
Khartoum Senate,member of the Executive Council ( the first Sudanese
Parliament), Founder then President of of the Congress (Graduates
Congress),Member of Khartoum County Council ,The only Sudanese member of the
Technical Education Committe before independence, Member of the Sudanizing
Committe, member of the firsttElection Committe, member of several social,
acadameic and national committes before and after independence, the Minsiter
of Finance of the first national Cabinet after Independence ,founder of the
first Sudanese Commercial Bank (Al Bank EL Tijarie) .
(the late) Ustaz
Mohammed Nor Eddin Haballah: The founder and leader of the main
Sudanese Party of Al'ashiqa (The Brothers)-later on this party was divided
into two separate parties then unified later on as the current Sudanese
National Unity Party which is headed by Alsayed Mohd Osman Al Mirghani- The
first Sudanese Minister of Local Government after Independence. Known for
his efforts in the campaign for a united Sudan and Egypt before
late)Dr. Mohamed Ahmed Ali:
Ex-Minister of Health(1958-1962), dedicated Medical Doctor , ..( he got
the nickname of 'abu fanoos ' i.e 'The man with Lantern' while he was
working inSouth Sudan. He used to hold a 'kerosene lantern ' to find his way
in the dark nights of the tropical Jungles of South Sudan to visit a
patient )..He got infected by Small Box while he was leading a campaign to
eradicate Small Box in Sudan...
(the late) Ustaz Dawood Abdullatif: Politician,Adminstrator,Intrapreneur..Known for his remarkable role in
'crisis managment' during several 'Sudanese Political and Adminstrative
Turmoils' ..Sacrificed his leading Goverment Post as one of the few Sudanese
Governers to side his Nubian people cause against General Aboud Military
Dictatorship agreement with Egypt to innundate Wadi halfa and Nubian land.
Held differtent ministerial posts during the first and second Democractic
late) Abdullah Khalil Awad (1892-1971):
Engineer and Army General - PPllayed the national role of coordinating
between Sudanese Army Officers and the National Movement to gain
independence .Elected member of the the First Sudanese Parliment after
independence. The first Prime Minsiter in the First Sudanese Cabinet after
late) Nejm Eddin Sherief:
"...Nag el Din was a remarkable man,
dedicated and conscientious,adhering always to Sudan Antiquities Ordnance as
regards the completion of excavations and prompt publication results. He was
always generous in his help to foreign expeditions and frequent attended at
international conferences. He rendered invaluable service to archaeology in
the Sudan and will have an honored place in annals.." -excerpt from an
Obituary by Sir L.P.Kirwan - Honorary Secretary SARS-ex-Advisor to Sudan
Government (SARS Newsletter No.7- Nov '94)
outstanding Archaeologist and Nubian Scholar , the Director General of Sudan
Museum. An internationally accredited figure. His efforts in preserving the
findings of Nubian Monuments saved from inundation by Aswan High Dam as well
as his efforts to develop awareness of Nubian Heritage and Culture in Sudan
are highly regarded by all Nubian and admired by the whole world
(the late) 'Nazir'(Chief) Zubeir Hamad El-Malik:
Mayor and Chief('nazer') of Dongola..A member of Zubair family who
maintained the role of Chiefdom (Nazara) in Dongola and to teh Sudanese
egyptian border in the north for several decades until the system of
Chiefdom was abolished by Numerie in the 70's of this century..
(the late) Ustaz Mohammad Muttawli Badr:
An scholar and writer. His book 'Learn Writing in Nubian" is considered as
the first and only published book till now meant to teach how to read and
write Nubian, though he used arabic alphabets .
(the late) Ustaz Salih Mahmoud Ismail:
The formidable politician and Minister,The Writer,The Journalist...
(the late) Ustaz Jamal Mohd. Ahmed:
A man of diversified knowldge,talents,qualities and abilities .
Scholar,Writer, Diplomat,Ex-Minster of Foreign Affairs(Sudan), Fellow of
Harvard University and several local,regional and international accredited
Institutions,Founding Member with Dubios, Kuwami Nkrumah and several Pan-Africansist
of the EAP(Encyclopedia African Project)-Accra'Ghana'-,Member Arabic
Language Academy,Cultural Advisor and Editor . Writer of "Sali Fo Hammar"
,'Arabs and African' and 'Stories of serra East' "..The bibliography
includes Nubian text in translation such as A and W. Kronenberg, Nubishche
Marchen(1978). therefore it should also include Stories of Serra East
by the late Jamal Mohhaad Ahmed. These stories come from a place of
significance...." excerpt from Sudanic Africa 5,1994 - Recent books - The
Nubian Language- An annotated Bibliography.
Khalil Farah: The Singer,Poet.
The Pioneer of modern Sudanese Songs. His national songs like 'Azza' had
played a great role in the formation and shaping the Sudanese National Songs
before and after Independence.
(the late) Ustaz Mohammed Khalil Beteik(wallie
administrator and governer .The first Nubian Governor of Khartoum after
(the late) Taha Abu Zeid Mohamed Ahmed:
from Ad'Dir & Anieiba.. Used to trade between Egypt and Sudan and accused
of helping Saltin Pasha to fled but acquitted by Khalifa Abdullah. Appointed
by Kitchner as the Head of Sudanese Treasurers (Sai 'aarfa). Represented
his people-the Nubians in Egypt(ASwan -Ad'Dir)- in the Egyptian Parliment
for two sessions then at the Senate (Majlis El Shoyookh).. His son Amir was
among the first graduates of the Engineering School of Gordon Memorial
Colleage..Severel of his grandsons served the Sudan in different
capacities among them Ali Amir Taha an Enginner who served in Sudan
Railways, Mechanical transport Dept and appoineted as Minsiter during
Numerie's Era . Dr. Taha Amir is a known acadmeic and at the time of
writing this entry (1999) holds the post of Chiraman of Psychology Dept.
,the UAE University in AlAin...
(late) Mohamed Ali Abbas Ahmed Suliman :
A Leading Nubian self-taught entrepreneur..Known for his very discreet
and careful handling of his diversified business activities as well as for
his keen interest in charitable activities..A very dedicated nubian who
adored his home town Wadi Halfa where he built a Secondary School and a
(the late) Mahjoub Mohammad Ahmed:
self-made and self-taught prominent Sudanese Businessman . Founder of
several business activities in Modern Sudan (e.g Insurance).
(the late)Sheikh Mohammed Osman Abdu (addin
dowe- the old wolf):
The Spritual leader of the famous Sufi sect of Burhani's..With followers
worldwide (in Egypt,Sudan,Arab Countries,West Europe)
late) Sheikh Mahir Ismail (the sheikh of Ballnain Egypt):
Well known Islamic Scholar,member of Egyptian Parliament, with followers in
Sudan,Egypt and Arab Countries.
(the late) 'Omdah'(Mayor)Mohammad
The Mayor (Omdah) of Degheim..
(the Late)'Omdah' Sheief Daoud:
The Mayor of Wadi Halfa
(the late)Ustaz Ali Ahmed Ali:
The remarkable teacher and headmaster. Known for his dedication to
(the late) Ustaz Dahab Abdel
Jabir: A very prominent and dedicated teacher . WIth a High
Secondary School named after him for his remarkable contributions to the
education in Wadi Halfa and New halfa .
Ahmed Kheri Ali (from Mek al'naser - sokot):The Nubian of Will and
Endurance:in 1964 when his small village was inundated by Lake Nassers'
waters he was in his sixties with a crippled leg(a wound of a bullet from
old days). He insisted to remain alone and refused to join the rest from his
village to get relocated. Alone at his age with few of his young children he
remained seeking shelter on the nearby hills whenever his shacks were
inundated by regular floods. Whenever he found a piece of land he used to
plant a tree or vegetables for his small family consumption. The area was
full of wild animals (mainly wolves) but he managed to let them accept his
presence. He started calling his elder sons who used to work in different
Sudanese towns and encouraged them to get married and give birth to more
children.With his children he planted more trees and built more houses. In
less than two decades the land was green again, the population increased so
those who left earlier to be relocated started to come back and settle and
Ahmed Kheri's New Nubian Kingdom emerged just few kilometers away from the
old inundated village...He left this world finally in 1993 after he left
behind a living example of inherited Nubian will,endurance and persistence
to preserve heritage and land..
(the late) Zaki Mourad: is perhaps the most immenent of nubians
of Egypt in recent years. A leader
to a small socialist group in egypt. The majority of its members were non
Nubians. He spent ten years of his life as a political prisoner( 1954-1964)
despite his support to late president Nasser. Out of the 'Wahat'
concenteration camp in 1964, he managed to maintain his objectivity and to
rise above his personal pains. He campainged among nubians in Cairo and nuba
to gain support for the high Dam projecet. Being active in alleviating his
people pains during what could have been a terrible time he symbolised the
real unity of egyption working people. Zaki managed to cast one last look on
his village Abreem In 1964 before it was engulfed by Nassers lake. Zaki
became almost a national figure in egypt during president sadat
controversial role. He opposed Sadat continousely and as a result became a
regular visitor to prisons. Zaki died in a car accident in December 1979.At
the time of his death many of his followers beleived that he was
assasinated.That was never proved.
Zaki was a proud Nubians, a great egyption patriot and a real humanisit.
Survived with three childeren after his wife expired on Feb. 1997.
(the late) Ustaz Mohammed
Taufiq Ahmed: The first Sudanese to head the Department of Labor
after Independence. A prominent writer,administrator and journalist.
Minister in the second democratic government of Al Saddiq AL Mehdi..
(the late )Ahmed Batoul: from Balana: To whom 'Nubian House
Decorations' was attributed ..Several consider him as the 'inventor if mud
releif and originator' of Nubian House Decorations
late)Dr(Phd) Mukhtar Mohamed Khalil Kabara(a.k.a. Mukhtar Khalil Kabara)
1952-199: From Aby Simbel.. Scholar, academic, reseracher,
archaeologist, historian ,linguistic and writer... Teacher at Faculty of
Archaeology -Cairo Univeristy Known for his great contributions in
verifying and definition of Nubian Characters. The writer of the first
textbook to teach how to write in Nubian Character "How to write Nubian-
published by The Nubian Studies and Docs. Centre 1997) and the first Nubian-german
Dictionary (Wortech der Nubischen Sprache(Fadidja/Mahas-Dielekt -Piblished
by Schriftstaz Hergestellt bei Raven,s.c., Warszawa)
My Homepage is dedicated to my Nubian parents
(my late father)Sidahmed Mohamed Khalil-Abu Digin- 1917-1989) - my mother
(Fatima Mohd. Taha Ahmed) without them I should have not been here...
Distinguished Nubians :
list is not an absolute comprehensive one that covers all names. The
criteria of selection is "How much a Nubian contribute to his
Country,Community and Profession?"
working for UN , International Organizations , as well as those Professional
Nubian Expatriates dispersed worldwide contributing to the welfare of other
nations, all Nubian with distinguished Academic carrier, all Nubian with
accredited international presence, all Nubian who served their countries as
members of government cabinets(Ministers,Under-Secretaries) as well as
Nubian who held Senior Government posts(i.e, Director or Deputy Director
Generals) are categorized as accredited distinguished Nubian. If my list
skip a name of those it does not mean that name is not legible to be
enlisted. The name will be skipped (if any) simply because I forgot or I
didn't know.- Abubakr Sidahmed- the author..."
(the late) Mohammed Khalil Gasim:
The great Egyptian Nubian writer and poet, who suffered a lot from long term
imprisonment for his ideas and political stand against suppression. Well
known for his famous story 'alshamandoora' .
(the late) Abdulla Batta:
The great Nubian Singer from Egypt. With his songs he gave the Nubian Songs
a new dimension and depth. His very short life was dedicated completely to
promote Nubia through his songs.
(the late) Ustaz Yusif Sembaj:
From el Dir ..A known sociall worker, and pioneer of scoial work in
Egypt..The writer of The Nubian Encyclopedia -ALqamoos el Nobie-(an
arabic-nubian-english dictionary) Published by Maktabat El Shorooq of Egypt
Hasan Arabi:from Argin. The
highly talented Plasterer and Professional decorator . Extended and
developed the Nubian Mud Reliefs by the introduction of new inventions
Salih Dergham: The first
Sudanese Government Clerk after Independence. With a distinguished role as a
founder of cooperative associations in Nubia.
Jelal Farhan: The first Sudanese
Nubian to have an street named after him in the Egyptian city of Alexandria
due to his distinguished services there.
Ustaza(Mrs.) Suad Ibrahim Ahmed:
A leading Sudanese Women Activisit and a founder of the Sudanese Women
Association. One of the first Sudanese Women to recieve University and Post
Graduate education. Known for her prominent role in the campaign against the
Nubian exodus of 1960s, and the opposition to the ruling military junta of
General Aboud. Served terms of imprisonment for her political and social
activities in support of Sudanese People and Women rights.
Ph.D. M.I.Abu Saleem:
Internationally acknowledged scholar, played a significant role in the
developement of Sudanese Archival and Documentation Centre. A visiting
professor to several universities worldwide.
Mohi Edin Sabir:
Acknowledged Scholar,poet,writer,politician. A minister of Education during
Numeri'e regime. The Director General of the Arab Organization of Science &
Education (the equivalent of UNESCO in the Arab World)
Khidir M Ahmed Ali Sharief (a.k.a Khidir
from Abka..Self-made entrepreneur and businessman ..International business
broker and agent of several international and regional business groups and
Ustaz Abubakr Osman Mohd. Salih:
One of the first Sudanese Diplomats, a prominent
Ambassador,Scholar,Politician and Cabinet Minister (Numerie Government ).
Ustaz Ibrahim Taha Ayoub:
One of the prominent Sudanese Diplomats, Ambassador to many African and
European countries.The first Nubian to hold the portfolio of Ministry of
Foreign Affairs in the transitional government after the Sudanese Uprise to
end Numerie Military regime in 1984. Chief of Administration ,IFAD (UN-Rome)
Ustaz Awad Abdel-Magied Abu-Reish:
A prominnet and internationally accredited Sudanese Economist ,Banker and
Bussinessman. The Minister of Finance and Economic Planning (without pay)of
the Intifada(Uprise) Government following the toppling of Numerie and his
regime in 1985. The first Nubian Governer of Sudan central Bank. The only
Nubian to hold the post of Asst. Manager of Barclays Bank of London .
Prof.(PhD)Ahmed EL Tigani Sidahmed: An internationally accredited
reasearch Scientist, academic and scholar. ex-Officer of FAO (Rome) and
currently Technical Advisor of IFAD(International Fund for Agric;
Professor Hamza el-edin (Hamaza Ala'a Eldin):
The eminent and internationally proclaimed Nubian Artist ,Muscian ,Vocalist,Composer,Maestro,
Singer,Poet,and writer . Shared the stage with several of the most
prominent singers and composers of the world .With a professorship and
master degree in Ethnomusicology. Holds also a degree in Electrical
Visiting Professor andLecturer in Ethnoimuscals, 'oud', Nubian Songs and
Heritage at several Universities worldwide His solo recordings are
available on CD's of Elektra/Noneseuch/Rykodisc/Walk/Vanguard records..
Composed musics for several arabic and international films.
"..it would be easy to envision the development of an audience cult around
Hamza El din, a Nubian singer and instrumentalist from Sudan' The
New York Times 1965
"..Music doesn't get much starker than the songs of Hamza el-din,the
Nubian muscian..." The New York Times 1989
"...there are numerous collections such as the Dungulawi songs recorded by
Artur Simon of Berlin, or the recordings by Hamza al-din" Sudanic
AFrica 5, 1994
Mohammed Osman Wardi:
Five decades of creativity and endurance to adapt and to resist suppression
and exile. The most famous Sudanese and Nubian Singer,Composer,Poet and
Politician. An school teacher who carved his way to the helm of modern
Sudanese and Nubian singers. Imprisoned several times and left to self-exile
for years because of his progressive political ideas and stand. Nowadays
live in UK as a refugee. His admirers are all the Sudanese nation ,Sudanese
and Egyptian Nubians, several African Nations...
mention the vast repertoire of Muhammad Wardi..." The Nubian Language
-An annotated Bibliography- by Angelika Jakobi and Tanji Kummerle
(the late) Prof.(Ph.D.). Ustaz Omer Mohammed
The first Nubian to hold the post of Vice-Chancellor of the main and higher
Sudanese Educational Institute(University of Khartoum) during a very
difficult period of political unrest and turbulence characterized by
students riots against the ruling government.The first Sudanese to share the
responsibility of leading the African Arab Bank. An scholar,
economist,university professor and financial and economical consultant
,advisor to several local and international organizations. The president of
the Nubian (Sokot and Mahas Benevolent ) Society..Known for his tireless
efforts to develope his homeland (Nubia)...
Dr.(medicine) Mohammed Shereif Dauod:
The first Sudanese and Nubian Ophthalmologist. Advisor to the WHO.
(the late) Ustaz Abdu Dahab Hassanien:
A known Sudanese businessman. A founder of the Egyptian National Democratic
Liberation Front (Hadto)- later known as the Egyptian Communist Party-in the
early forties of this century. International figure.
Ustaz Mohammed Osman Mohamed Ahmed (aka
Farkawie): A professional academic
and teacher..Known for his research work in documenting the lineage and
family tree of one the largest Nubian families (the Waliyab) ..the author
of 'Al Waliyab and their descendents'alwaliyab wa ansabohom 1994
(the late) Sayed
Mohammad Osman Abdul Rahman: The elected representative of Wadi
Halfa and New Halfa in all national assemblies and parliments for over 3
Dr.(Medical) Abdel Gadir Ahmed Ali Shallabie:
A prominent Community Medicine Consultant ..Headed Al Ain Community and
Preventive Medicine Dept. (UAE) for almost two decades..
A Nubian writer, poet and reaseracher involved in diversified cultural,
charitabl and historical Nubian activities
Staff Major General(rtd) Abdullatif Dahab:
The first Nubian to reach the rank of Staff Major General in the Sudanese
Army. ex- Ambassador. The leader of the UN Sudanese Regiment in the Congo
Civil War(1960) . The leader of the Arab League Sudanese Regiment in
Ustaz Kamal Ibrahim Ahmed:
Prominent entrepreneur, banker and businessman..Known for his role and
contributions as an active participant and caretaker of teh Nubian Studies
and Documentation Centre
Dr.(Medicine) Magda Mohd Ahmed Ali:
A Pediatrician by profession. A known Sudanese feminist, NGO and Social
Worker.Known for her active contributions in several Nubian charitable and
(the late) Dr (Phd)
Mutawakil Ahmed Ameen: An acdemic and Scholar... Writer of 'AL Noba
- Alturath wa elansab abr El gorron'
Ustaz. Abdulla M. Sabbar:
The prominent Sudanese Architect accredited for his role as a pioneer
Sudanese consulting architect and Urban planner. The first Sudanese and
Nubian to be enlisted in Marquis "Who's Who in the World'' as distinguished
architect and planner. Internationally known through his work as a
consulting architect with a chain of offices in most of the Arab Countries.
Ustaz Mohammed Elfatih Sidahmed:
Nationally and internationally acknowledged reporter and journalist.
Correspondance of Reuter in Sudan in the 70th and 80th. Represents several
international News Agencies ( e.g.ANSA -Italian News Agency)and Newspapers
(e.g. Daily Telegraph) in Sudan . The former D.Director General of SUNA
(Sudan News Agency). Present Chief Bureau of the UAE Al Ittihad (the
Official Newspaper of the U.A.E.) in Sudan.
Ustaz Abdel Mageed Ali Hasant:
An acadameic (Scientist and University teacher) who became a career
diplomat.. Represented Sudan as Ambassador and Envoy internationally. Headed
the 'African and Arab Dept') of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs during the
Captain Hasan Ali Sharif: 1st.
nubian Master Mariner(U.K.) 1st. Certified Nubian To Sudanize British
pilots in Port Sudan1967. 1st. Nubain and Arab to hold the General Manager's
slot within ADNOC Group UAE (1982-1997)-The main United Arab Emirates Group
of Petroleum and Oil Companies -. A member of several international
(Sheikh) Mohamed Uthman Abdu:
(Sheikh) Mohamed Uthman Abdu (Al Burhani) born in wadi Halfa(Dhegiem South
and now village 19 in the relocated Nubian villages East of Sudan) at the
beginning of last century and died in Khartoum (Sudan) in 1983.The leader of
one of the major Islamic Religous sufi orders (Tariqa) in Sudan and Egypt
i.e. Tariqa Burhaniya Disuqiya Shadhuliya-founded by Sayyid Ibrahim Qurashi
Al Disugi in the 12th century A.D. . Nicknamed by Nubian as "adden Doee" (in
Nubian language means the "Old Wolf/Hyena")..Known as very articulate ,
knowledgeable , charismatic ,convincing, capable scholar ,poet , writer
,very modest and socialble leader..During his leadershiup of the Burhaniya
Sufi Order the number of folowers exceeded several millions worldwide and
the order " Tariqa" found it's way to Europe, North America and Asia.. He
was well versed in Islamic Studies and jurisprudence(Fiqih) ..The majority
of his followers come from the educated midlle class of Technocrats and
governemnt officials both in Sudan and Egypt..He has been succeeded as the
leader of the Burhaniya order by his elder son Sheikh Ibrahim ...
Salih Mohamed Ahmed (Faqir):
Salih Mohamed Ahmed (Faqir) born in Wadi halfa .The first Sudanese with a
degree in ELectrical Engineering as well the first sudanese and one of the
first few African to get the membership of the Royal Institutre of
ELectrical Engineers (UK).Contributed over 2 decades to manage, run and
maintain the electrical power supplies and plants in different areas of
Sudan . In addition to another 2 decades in Dubai (UAE) as he senior
transmission engineer /quality and maintenance manager of one of the largest
Electrical Power Networks in the Region (The Dubai ELectricty Company -Now
Ussama Daoud Abdel Latif :Ussama
Daoud Abdel Latif from Wadi Halfa..The leader, owner and partner of one of
the most successful and largest family bussiness in Sudan and Africa..An
entrepreneur who blended his business talents with education , innovation,
technology and dedication to his work ..
Dr.Mohamed Hussein Salih Daoud:
From Wadi Halfa (Deghiem Waliyab Erkie ) -1945- . A pharmacist by profession
. Hard working, self-made entrepreneur and woner of a successful Chemical