Matia Chowdhury

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Matia Chowdhury
মতিয়া চৌধুরী
Matia Chowdhury at IRRI.jpg
Ministry of Agriculture
Assumed office
12 January 2014[1]
Personal details
Born Pirojpur, British India (now in 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.[2] She is a Member of Parliament and the Minister of Agriculture under the prime ministership of Sheikh Hasina.[3][4] She held this post twice before from 1996 to 2001 and 2009 to 2013 during the previous tenure of Awami League in power.[1]


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.[5] 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.[6][7]

Personal life[edit]

Chowdhury was married to Bajlur Rahman, editor of The Sangbad, one of the oldest Bengali language dailies still in circulation. He died on 26 February 2008.[8]


  1. ^ a b "Hon'ble-Ministers". Cabinet Division - Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh. 
  2. ^ "Motia Chowdhury queues to buy rice". e-Bangladesh. Retrieved 7 November 2010. 
  3. ^ "SAARC agricultural cooperation gets new momentum: Bangladesh Minister Matia". Retrieved 2016-04-10. 
  4. ^ "$4.8 million USAID grant to strengthen biotechnology partnership, food security in South". EurekAlert!. Retrieved 2016-04-10. 
  5. ^ "লাগাম টেনে কথা বলবেন, বিশ্বব্যাংককে মতিয়া চৌধুরী" [Talking about the twist, Matia Chowdhury told the World Bank]. Retrieved 2016-04-10. 
  6. ^ "Reject pro-Pakistani line of thinking: HT Imam tells BNP". Retrieved 2016-04-10. 
  7. ^ "Prime minister, Awami League leaders pay homage to Bangabandhu". Retrieved 2016-04-10. 
  8. ^ "Sangbad editor Bazlur Rahman dies". Retrieved 2016-04-10.