Dk Najibah Era Al-Sufri

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Dk Najibah Eradah Pengiran Ahmad Mahdi Al-Sufri, born on 20 May 1983,[1] is the first Bruneian to have reached the South Pole.

Personal life[edit]

Formerly a mathematics teacher in secondary school, Era became a government officer at the Bruneian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.[2] She is married to Mohd Faierony Hazelin Haji Mat Jair.


She and seven other woman, each from a different Commonwealth country, were selected from among over 800 candidates to take part in the Kaspersky Commonwealth Antarctic Expedition, which reached the South Pole on December 29, 2009.[3][4]

Explaining her participation in the expedition, she said: "I am passionate about environmental issues and hope to use my involvement in the expedition to raise awareness in Brunei of global warming and climate change".[5]

Bruneian media described her achievement as "a historic day for Brunei and a momentous day for the Sultanate's women". Saiful Ibrahim, Vice president of the Brunei Adventure Recreation Association, described her as "an icon for all Bruneians, especially for women and our youths".[6] She has become known in Brunei as "the Polar Girl".[7][8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Gema Takbir Idul Adha Bergema di Antartika" Voice of Al-Islam, December 1, 2009
  2. ^ "Women daredevils for Antarctic Expedition", Times of India, October 26, 2009
  3. ^ "Women complete 562-mile ski journey to South Pole", Los Angeles Times, December 31, 2009
  4. ^ "First Cypriot to reach the South Pole", Cyprus Mail, January 1, 2010
  5. ^ Era Al-Sufri on the official website of the Kaspersky Commonwealth Antarctic Expedition
  6. ^ "Era Becomes First Bruneian To Reach South Pole", Aziz Idris, BruDirect, December 31, 2009
  7. ^ "Polar Girl makes history" Archived January 3, 2010, at the Wayback Machine., Brunei Times, December 31, 2009
  8. ^ "Era Becomes First Bruneian To Reach South Pole", Aziz Idris, BruDirect, December 31, 2009