Najibah Eradah

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Najibah Eradah
نجيبه ايراده
Born (1983-05-10) 10 May 1983 (age 41)
  • Teacher
  • environmentalist
  • explorer
Known forFirst Bruneian to reach the South Pole
SpouseFaierony Hazelin Mat Jair
  • Pengiran Ahmad Mahdi Al-Sufri (father)
  • Pengiran Basmillah (mother)

Dayangku Najibah Eradah (born 20 May 1983),[1] also known as Brunei’s Polar Girl,[2] is a teacher and environmentalist, who is the first Bruneian to have reached the South Pole.

South Pole expedition[edit]

Era 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 29 December 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] Bruneian businesswoman Halina Taib stepped in to fund the trip, after there were financial difficulties.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Era's father, Pengiran Ahmad Mahdi Al-Sufri, is a distant member of the royal family,[2] while her mother, Pengiran Hajah Basmillah binti Pengiran Haji Abbas, is a diplomat.[10] Additionally, she has an uncle and granduncle who maintain a close relationship with the royal family; respectively they are Pengiran Anak Idris and Pengiran Anak Kemaluddin Al-Haj.[11] Formerly a mathematics teacher in secondary school, Era became a government officer at the Bruneian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.[12]

Recognitions and awards[edit]

  • Youth Outstanding Merit (2010)[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Gema Takbir Idul Adha Bergema di Antartika" Voice of Al-Islam, December 1, 2009
  2. ^ a b "Dk Najibah Eradah". YES Inspire | Magazines. 29 February 2016. Retrieved 23 January 2023.
  3. ^ "Women complete 562-mile ski journey to South Pole", Los Angeles Times, December 31, 2009
  4. ^ "First Cypriot to reach the South Pole" Archived 2010-01-02 at the Wayback Machine, Cyprus Mail, January 1, 2010
  5. ^ Era Al-Sufri Archived 2010-01-22 at the Wayback Machine 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
  9. ^ Sidhu, Jatswan S. (20 December 2016). Historical Dictionary of Brunei Darussalam. Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 978-1-4422-6459-5.
  10. ^ "Royal audience to Brunei envoys". 17 March 2006. Retrieved 9 May 2024.
  11. ^ "brunei9". Retrieved 9 May 2024.
  12. ^ "Women daredevils for Antarctic Expedition", Times of India, October 26, 2009
  13. ^ "HARIBELIA - penerima-anugerah". Retrieved 17 July 2023.