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Asia Abdelmajid

Asia Abdelmajid
آسيا عبد الماجد
Asia Mohammed Tom Taher Al-Katiabi

Died3 May 2023(2023-05-03) (aged 79–80)
Khartoum, Sudan
EducationAcademy of Arts (Egypt)
Occupation(s)Theatrical actress and teacher
EmployerSudan TV
SpouseMuhammad al-Fayturi[1]

Asia Mohammed Tom Taher Al-Katiabi, also known as Asia Abdelmajid (Arabic: آسيا عبد الماجد‎; 1943 – 3 May 2023), was a Sudanese theatrical actress and teacher. She was one of Sudan's first professional actors and received acclaim for her stage performances. She was the widow of the poet Muhammad al-Fayturi and was killed in crossfire during the war in Sudan on 3 May 2023.[2]

Early life and education

Asia Mohammed Tom Taher Al-Katiabi was born in 1943 in Omdurman, Sudan, to Batoul Mohammed Ahmed Al-Sheikh Al-Jali. The Al-Katiabi family included other notable creators such as the poet Al-Tijani Yusuf Bashir and Abdul Qadir Al-Ktiabi [ar]. She was raised by her relative, Abdul Majid, who was like a second father, and she took his name.[3]

Asia studied at Abdel Moneim Primary School in Khartoum, then studied at Karary Middle School. In 1959, she joined the Teachers College in Omdurman, and worked as a teacher in the same college after graduating in 1962. Asia went to Egypt in 1968 to study at the Academy of Arts in Cairo, in the Acting Department, and graduated in 1972. She was the top of her cohort which included Ahmed Zaki, Ahmed Abdel Warth [ar], Ahmed Maher [ar], Samira Mohsen [ar], Shahira [ar] and Afaf Shuaib [ar]. She received her master's degree from the Khartoum International Institute for Arabic Education and Further Studies, and during her studies in Cairo, she participated in a minor role in the play Al-Bakashin in the Khiam Theater starring Farid Shawqi.[4]


Asia loved acting since her childhood when she acted the stories of primary-level books. At Karary School, she joined the Acting Association under of Professor Buthaina Khaled, to present Arabic and international theatrical masterpieces such as Shajar al-Durr, Cleopatra and Cinderella. She sometimes played male roles in plays.[3] Asia was admired by Professor Fatima Ahmed Ibrahim who wrote an article about her in the magazine Voice of Women.

When Sudan TV began operating in 1963, Asia was participating in the community theatre with Helmy Ibrahim and others. In addition, she was part of a Ramadan series with Al-Fadl Saeed [ar] which was presented live. The series was done free of charge for two consecutive years because there was no budget.[3]

In 1965, in celebration of the one-year anniversary of the October Revolution, she presented the play Pamseeka, which was the first play to be shown on the stage of the new National Stage in Omdurman. She played the leading role and the press called her ”Sudan’s first actress".[5]


Abdelmajid died on the evening of 3 May 2023 from wounds caused by shrapnel of a shell that fell on her house in Khartoum during early clashes in the war between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces.[6][7] She was buried within hours of shooting in the grounds of a kindergarten where she worked, because it was too dangerous to take her to a cemetery.[6]


  1. ^ "الخرطوم .. مقتل أرملة الشاعر محمد الفيتوري فنانة السودان الأولى". (in Arabic). Retrieved 14 August 2023.
  2. ^ Haq, Celine Alkhaldi,Mohammed Tawfeeq,Sana Noor (4 May 2023). "Sudan's first professional stage actress killed in shelling in Khartoum". CNN. Retrieved 6 May 2023.((cite web)): CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ a b c "شخصيات عطرّت تأريخنا آسيا عبد الماجد .. رائدة المسرح السوداني | آخر لحظة | آخر لحظة" [Personalities Perfumed Our History, Assia Abdel-Majid... Pioneer of Sudanese Theater]. Akhirlahza (in Arabic). 20 November 2019. Archived from the original on 10 December 2019.
  4. ^ "آسيا محمد توم الكتيابي: لجنة لتكريم الفيتوري والمساهمة في عودته" [Asia Muhammad Tom Al-Kitabi: A committee to honor Al-Fitouri and contribute to his return]. سودارس. Retrieved 4 May 2023.
  5. ^ عبدالله, عبد الماجد (1 June 2015). "أثر استخدام طریقة المناقشة على تحصیل طلاب الصف الأول الثانوی بالسودان فی مادة التربیة الإسلامیة "دراسة تجریبیة على ولایة الخرطوم"" [The effect of using the discussion method on the achievement of first grade secondary students in Sudan in Islamic education: an experimental study on the state of Khartoum]. دراسات عربیة فی التربیة وعلم النفس (in Arabic). 62 (1): 223–260. doi:10.12816/0022538. ISSN 2537-0650.
  6. ^ a b "Pioneering actress killed in Sudan cross-fire". BBC News. 4 May 2023. Retrieved 4 May 2023.
  7. ^ Ntim, Zac (4 May 2023). "Sudanese Actress Asia Abdelmajid Killed In Crossfire In Khartoum". Deadline. Retrieved 4 May 2023.
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