Professor ElTigani ElMahi

Tigani El Mahi is one of the famous medical doctors in Sudan. He was born in El Kawa along the White Nile in April 1911. He graduated from Kitchener Medical School in 1935. He joined Sudan medical service and worked in different parts of the Sudan.

In July 1949, Dr. ElMahi was rewarded with a Diploma in psychological medicine, University of London. On return home he founded the clinic of nervous disorders in Khartoum North. It was the first in the whole medical history of the Sudan. By this, he established the foundations of mental health service in the country, which was a monopoly by traditional healers. His devotion and dedication to his profession and patients is clearly detected in his words when he said: “I have spent my life trying to define what is normal”. In another occasion and namely a psychiatry/ medical gathering, he stated “It is abnormal to be normal in an abnormal situation”.

In 1959, he joined the WHO-EMRO as a regional adviser in Mental Health. That was a significant stage in his life. He was invited by several international institutes and universities to lecture in mental health, religion and mental health, traditional societies and magic as a socio-psycho institution.

In 1964, political change in the Sudan brought Tigani ElMahi to be a member of the Supreme Council of the State. In 1969, the University of Khartoum offered him the chair of Psychiatric Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine, which he held up until his death. Professor Tigani ElMahi died in the early hours of Thursday morning January the 8th 1970.

Professor Tigani ElMahi has made a significant change in the field of mental health. Today, a major hospital for mental health, a street in Khartoum, a lecture hall in University of Khartoum and his personal library bear his name and stands as a witness to his status and deeds in serving his country.

professor_tigani__el_mahi_short_biography_and_photos (written by: Professor Mustafa Abdalla)