Minister's Biography

Afghan Minister of Information and Culture Abdul Bari Jahani

Abdul Bari Jahani was born in Kandahar in 1948.  He went to high school in Kandahar city and graduated from Mirwais Nika High School. He attended Kabul University, Literature Faculty and received BA in Geography and History in 1972.

Jahani, after serving as the chief editor of a Pashto magazine in Kabul and as the director of cultural and media affairs of the Ministry of Education for seven years, moved to Peshawar city of Pakistan.  Being involved in media and cultural issues in Peshawar for around two years, he travelled to the United States after a job offer from VOA in Washington DC. 


Jahani served as presenter, editor, and producer of VOA Radio Central Office for 27 years in Washington.


Mr. Jahani has written 20 books in literature and poetry and is a proud writer of the current Afghan National Anthem.  He has also translated English and Persian poems into Pashto.


Jahani attended many cultural, poetry, and political seminars across the world.  He was always connected to Afghanistan by paying regular visits to Afghanistan to attend lectures and seminars.

Mr. Jahani is honored by 25 prizes during his job with Voice Of America Radio, Pushkin Medal by Russian academy of sciences in 2012, Mir Masjidi Khan high medal by Afghan government in 2013 and several other prizes and honored titles by literary and cultural association across the world.


After nomination by President Ghani, Afghan Lower House confirmed Jahani as the Minister of Information and Culture for the National Unity Government.