Note: Date of Birth subject to verification. Hajiya Bilkisu lost her life in the Jamarat tragedy, September 2015, inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un. An obituary prepared by Bala Muhammad and published in the Daily Trust, Nigeria notes: Hajiya Bilkisu was the most prominent female journalist from Northern Nigeria for several ...
Writer and activist One of Egypt's most respected democrat activists Bassem Sabry participated in the movement in bringing down the end of Hosni Mubarak's rule in the 2011 uprising. A blogger and columnist for a number of Egyptian and international outlets, Sabry wrote in English and Arabic and contributed to Al-Monitor, ...
Afghanistan's controversial politician A controversial politician Burhanuddin Rabbani who had a key role to play until his assassination was a remarkable figure. In 1972, he was selected as head of a 15-member council, called Jamiat-I-Islami of Afghanistan. He escaped to Pakistan, in 1974, after nearly being arrested for his pro-Islamic stance. His ...
Actor A familiar face on British TV and, as a supporting role, in several films Badi Uzzaman was best known for his role in The Singing Detective (1985). He also acted in My Beautiful Laundrette (1985), Brothers in Trouble (1995), My Son The Fantastic (1997), Mad Cows (1999), Kevin and Perry Go Large (2000), Guantanamo: Honor ...
Restaurant owner of the famous Washington diner Ben's Chili Bowl, in a part of America's Black Broadway, the thriving business and entertainment district along Washington U Street has been a rendezvous of America's famous celebratory in politics and entertainment industry. Mahaboob Ben Ali, whose grandparents were from northern India, was ...
Pakistani artist Known for his dazzling art career and free spirited persona Bashir Mirza popularised art and propelled himself into open daring the public to see it and to think. His work typified strong emotion and symbolism. Bashir opened, first ever in Karachi, an art gallery in 1965. In his 1965 'War ...
First Asian member of the Scottish parliament The Scottish parliament's first Asian, Bashir Ahmad, was elected, in 2007, as SNP regional member representing Glasgow. He was one of the foremost campaigners for Scottish independence. Having set up the group Scots Asians for Independence, an essential bridge between the party (SNP) and ...
One of Turkey's most popular singers and actors. The singer, famed for her rendition of classical Ottoman music and as a TV personality, Bulent Ersoy has been a controversial figure, in Turkey, since undergoing sex change operation in 1981. She had previously carved out a successful singing and acting career as ...
One of the most respected living writers in the Arab world. Bahaa Taher has written six novels (three translated in English), four short-story collections, plays and non-fiction. He was awarded International Prize for Arabic Fiction in 2008, in Abu Dhabi. Taher's Sunset Oasis, published in Cairo in 2007, was chosen out of 131 ...
One of the greatest legends of Indian light classical vocal music. A lady in the cultural backdrop of Lucknow, Begum Akhtar achieved a legendary status in her own lifetime as an unparalleled pioneer in the field of Indian light classical music. Her greatest achievement was the popularisation of traditional form ...