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 England 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.
A folk singer and bandleader from Sudan, Salim is one of the most well-known Sudanese singers in the West, having performed around the world and recorded in many nations including England. He was born in 1950s the village of Dilling, Kordofan province, surrounded by the Nuba Mountains in the west of Sudan. Salim trained in both European and Arabic music at the Institute of Music in Khartoum, beginning with Oud. By 1971, he changed from composing urban-styled music to country tunes. Seeking out traditional and colloquial songs to perform, Salim began in his native Kordofan and Darfur. Rarely writing his own lyrics, the songs he finds range from politically-aware, educational arguments to love ballads. Salim is noted for maintaining a neutral repertoire that keeps him from irritating the Islamic government of Sudan. The international performer was a headmaster of a school in Chad between at least the mid-1980s and the mid-2000s. In 2005, he recorded an album with, Sudanese rapper, former child soldier and, Christian convert, Emmanuel Jal called Ceasefire.
Born on October 25, 1964, Shehata is a UK based Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist and a subspecialist in Maternal Medicine. He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Obstetrics & Gynaecology at St George’s Hospital Medical School, University of London. Following training in obstetrics and gynaecology at several London university hospitals, Shehata embarked in subpecializing in maternal medicine at St Thomas’s hospital in London. He achieved membership of both Royal Colleges of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and Physicians of Ireland. He is included in the General Medical Council’s Obstetrics & Gynaecology Specialist register. He’s won awards and received prizes in the fields of chemistry, science, mathematics, physics, zoology, medicine, pathology, therapeutics, pharmacology and much more. Most importantly, he’s widely published in prestigious international medical journals. His clinical interests include the investigation and treatment of recurrent miscarriage using the latest advances in reproductive immunology. Other specialities include hormone replacement therapy and pre-conception counselling for women with other diseases or physiological problems. This care extends to those women who are already pregnant but have come either with medical complications, who are on medication, or else have been inadvertently exposed to vaccination or radiation.
Originally Sudanese, Sally Elatta is the founder and presented of http://www.AgileTransformation.com – a company based in the US, which is dedicated to helping organizations build lean high performing teams. Graduated from the University Of Nebraska at Omaha, Elatta is dynamic consultant, trainer and coach.
Originally posted on Dear Neighbour:
A veil seems to fall over our eyes whenever we look at women in Sudan. Religion, social customs, questions of freedom and rights draw a shady image of what they might be like.
A collection of shadow silhouette portraits on a mantelshelf, but if you pay enough attention, you can discern the images in the frames: the mother, the domestic goodness among her children and her recipes; the bubbly student on her way to university, someone’s best friend; the dedicated vet; the woman in government; the business woman driving her car in a hurry for her next meeting; the secretary; the teacher; the housekeeper…
But far from being a series of static obscure spectrums, women flow through the streets in Khartoum giving the city its rhythm and its different colours. The otherwise brown cityscape gains its tones of blue, red, green and yellow from their colourful garments…
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