A distingusihed family which influenced the learning and education processes in Aden and affected the lives of many, including Aden College Alumni.
By Dr. Shihab Ghanem
The late lawyer Muhammad Ali Luqman was the first advocate in Yemen and the person who established Fatat Al Jazeerah, the first independent newspaper in Aden in 1940. He wrote the first novel in Yemen titled Saeed.
He had a number of distinguished sons many of whom had connections with Aden College, Khormaksar Secondary School, Maalla Technical Institute and Aden Intermediate School. Many of whom also had close association with educational development in Aden
The eldest the late renowned poet Ali Luqman (1918-79) was the first Yemeni graduate in journalism. His nephew Dr Shihab Ghanem wrote a book about him.
The second son was the late Abdul Raheem was a Principal of Aden Intermediate School, the Aden Technical Institute, Aden college and Khormaksar Secondary School and later became Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education.
The third the late Ibrahim was a distinguished and popular teacher and later a very senior officer in govt. He taught English at Aden College.
The fourth was the late Hamed, teacher, journalist and public relations manager at Aden Refinery. He taught Geography at Aden College.
A rare photo of the four of them in the forties in Cairo where they were student in the universities is shown below.
From left :
Ali, Abdul Rahim, Hamed and Ibrahim Mohamed Ali Luqman.
The fifth Fadhle was the Principal of Technical institute and late UNESCO expert.
Fadel Mohamed Ali Luqman.
The sixth Farouq, the renowned journalist working in Saudi. He was an Aden College Alumnus.
Farouq Mohamed Ali Luqman.
The seventh the late Shawqy, engineer, manager of Mobil in Aden and businessman. He was at Aden Technical Institute
Shawqy Mohamed Ali Luqman.
The eighth the late Dr Hafedh who graduated from Aberdeen in medicine. He was a distinguished sportsman at Aden College. He died in a tragic car accident in 1982 in Abu Dhabi. He was an Aden College Alumnus.
The late Dr. Hafid Mohamed Ali Luqman.
The ninth is engineer Maher who is a successful contractor in Jeddah. H has republished his father's works and also the books of verse of his brother. He was an Aden College Alumnus.
Engineer Maher Mohamed Ali Luqman.