Archive for June 4, 2019


Among the South Sudanese to graduate from the University of Khartoum, Jaden was the achitect of South Sudan’s independence.

By Dr. Sam L. Laki, Ohio, USA

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 (PW) — Aggrey Jaden (1924-1985), an administrator and a politician was born to the Pojulu clan of Nyomuding at Loka, Lainya County, South Sudan in 1924. His father Ladu Wani was a soldier in the British army. Jaden married Sara Reja and the couple produced seven children two of whom are now deceased.

Jaden attended Village School Loka (1936-1938), Yei Elementary School (1938-1940) and Loka Intermediate School (1940-1944). He excelled at school always performing at the top of his class. In 1939 he won an award in a bible reading competition at Yei. This led to the promotion of his chief, late Elia Kundu, among all the 17 chiefs in Yei district.

There were no secondary schools in the whole of South Sudan during those days so he was sent to Nabumali secondary school in Uganda (1944-1947). He joined the Gordon Memorial College (University of Khartoum) in 1947 majoring in economics and public administration. Jaden was the first South Sudanese to graduate from the University of Khartoum in 1952.

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