Matia Chowdhury

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Matia Chowdhury
মতিয়া চৌধুরী
Matia Chowdhury at IRRI.jpg
Ministry of Agriculture
Assumed office
Personal details
Born Pirojpur, British Raj (now Bangladesh)
Political party Bangladesh Awami League
Spouse(s) Bajlur Rahman
Education University of Dhaka
Occupation Politician

Matia Chowdhury is a Bangladeshi politician. She is a presidium member of Bangladesh Awami League.[1] She is a Member of Parliament and the minister of agriculture under the prime ministership of Sheikh Hasina. She held this post twice before from 1996 to 2001and 2009 to 2013 during the previous tenure of Awami League in power.[2]


Chowdhury is well known[according to whom?] in South Asia for her fiery speeches and her adamant attitude, qualities that have earned her the nickname of Ogni Konna or Girl of Fire. Although she started her political career with the left-wing National Awami Party, she is now one of the most senior leaders of the Awami League.

She was married to the Bajlur Rahman, editor of The Sangbad, one of the oldest Bengali language dailies still in existence.[citation needed]