Kurdish-Iraqi Journalist Niyan Ahmed

By: Azad Karimi

I have published dozens of posts, writings and reports in Kurdistan newspapers. As administrative posts, deputy director-general of the General Directorate of Media, Printing and Publishing in the Ministry of Culture.



Kurdish-Iraqi Journalist Niyan Ahmed

By Azad Karimi



I know Nian Ahmed by Shaker Abubakr and Maajid Nouri when they published my first book The Letter from Cyprus.

Dr.Farhad Pirbal organized everything for publishing that book. He is one of our glories in Kurdish literature. He recommended my dear friends Shaker Abubakr and Maajid Nouri to publish. Shaker Abubakr was Director General of Media of the Ministry of Culture of Kurdistan. Maajid Nouri was also in charge of auditing the media affairs of the Ministry of Culture.

The book was published in May 2009 and I wanted to trip to Erbil. I was thinking about trip to Kurdistan-Iraq. Tehran ordered that the borders be closed because of the presidential election. Elections were held and Iran distorbed like what happened in Belarus. Of course, a lot of blood was shed in Iran.

I thought that, I’m a Kurdish Author-Journalist and wants to go to Erbil, capital city in free Kurdistan and Now Iran is on fire.... What will happen to me when I come back? It was a huge risk!

So I cancelled my trip until next year. I took my two new projects: Ezda for Children and The Stone Bride, my second novel, and went to Irbil. There in Erbil I met Shakir and Majid. I saw my first book, I kissed it. My book was like my son: lovely and sweet.

I delivered the second book that was on CD and I told to them about Ezda.

Maajid said: We will go to Management of Children's Affairs of the Ministry of Culture. There I met Nian Ahmed, who was the general manager, and handed over the CD, and this was the beginning of a deep-rooted friendship.

We are both friends and colleagues, as well as sister and brother....She is my sister and I am her brother.

I proud of Ms.Nian...She is amazing.

I wish her a long life with success and lucky. She is a fantastic Kurdish woman!


Thank you!




1- Please present yourself: Name, education, Civil status and...

. My name is Niyan Ahmed, from Kurdistan/ Iraq, when I was born in 1967 in Penjwen/ Sulaimaniyah, from a family, and they love the country and Kurdistan.


2-What is your artistic speciality?

. I have published dozens of posts, writings and reports in Kurdistan newspapers. As administrative posts, deputy director-general of the General Directorate of Media, Printing and Publishing in the Ministry of Culture


3- When and how did you become interested in this field?

. I had a desire for journalistic work, so in 1999-2001, I started the Technical Institute of the Media and Journalism Department to pay attention to my job academically


4- Who was your motivator?

. My father was an educated person and understood that women should have a role in society, the Middle East society is a closed society, but the Kurdish nation is a different nation from the Middle East community that likes to open and develop, as I liked and my family supported me, and now my wife supports me completely.


5- What was your parent’s reaction?

. My parents had good reactions, and they supported me. They owe me my parents even though they are no more alive now, so I tell them, "Thank you for your good support, so I can stand on my feet.


6- When did you become such a professional Radio Director General of Media and Publishing, Ministry of Culture of Iraqi Kurdistan?

. I was employed as an employee at the Ministry of Culture in 1997.

I worked as a journalist in Kurdistan Magazine. In 2005, I was appointed deputy director-general of Shanj magazine and director of children's book printing, because of my knowledge, efforts and knowledge of media and printing


7- Are you thankful and happy because of your activities as a cultural activist?

. Of course, I am very happy. This is the time of the past few years of effort. I like to work, especially all my past work. I still love this work very much because it fits with my ability and experience in my work. I continue to write about sociology and a little political issue.


8- How do you see the view about Publishing, culture?

. The cultural perspective in Kurdistan is very good for printing books from the institutions that are special to printing. Generally, people in the East are less read, but when the book fair is opened, thank God, the people of Kurdistan, young people, old men, teenagers and children, go to the book opening exhibition and buy the most books, which raises the awareness of our nation.


9- Can you become one part of the cultural movement for motivation in youth or new generations in your country and so on?

- Yes, I have tried hard, I have worked in civil society organizations and encouraged young people, I have seen dozens of workshops and training courses, so I have a good experience encouraging girls and boy.


10- How can you help our world become a better place to live?

. There should be no discrimination between nations, race, religion, and colour. A nation should not be sacrificed to another nation only to succeed the nation they want. The example of the Kurdish nation was divided into four racist countries in a nation of 45 million people. The balance of Iraq, Turkey, Iran and Syria in terms of religion, sect, and nation, has been corrected by the powerful countries of the world, so I hope that other nations will no longer be sacrificed to live in peace all over the world, and we are we are ready to fight terrorism.


11- Have you more words to say or suggest for our readers?

. Thank you very much for the opportunity you have given me to introduce to the reader of this interview. I hope that the whole world will live in peace, that the corona virus will end and that people will live in better health, and that the environment is very important for humans. Please protect the environment so that good weather and health can be achieved for humans on earth.