A. Fuadi


He was born in Maninjau (Dec 30, 1972), and currently lives in Jakarta

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A writer, novelist and social entrepreneur. His debut novel Negeri 5 Menara (The Land of 5 Towers) broke the publisher’s sales record (Gramedia Pustaka Utama) for the last 37 years. Negeri 5 Menara is the first part of the Negeri 5 Menara trilogy, followed by Ranah 3 Warna (The Earth of 3 Colors), and Rantau 1 Muara” “Negeri 5 Menara” was brought into wide-screen version and listed as one of the most watched Indonesian movies in the year of 2012. He’s also well known for his extraordinary achievement in achieving 9 overseas scholarships.

One of Fuadi’s life-changing experience was his experience during his study in Pondok Modern Gontor, where he was introduced to a powerful mantra “Man Jadda Wajada” (He who gives his all will surely succeed) in his first day. He then went to Padjajaran University, majoring International Relations. During his last semester in Padjadjaran University, he got a scholarship from the National University of Singapore and spent a semester there. Upon graduating with a degree in International Relations from Padjadjaran University, he became a journalist for Tempo magazine. His first class in journalism was done in reporting assignments under the guidance of senior Tempo journalists. In 1999, he received a Fulbright scholarship to take his master’s degree at the School of Media and Public Affairs, George Washington University, USA. Venturing to Washington, D.C. together with Yayi, his wife—also a Tempo journalist—was a childhood dream come true. While studying, they were also Tempo correspondents and reporters for Voice of America (VOA). They reported on historical news, such as the 9-11 tragedy, straight from the Pentagon, White House, and Capitol Hill. In 2004, another world window opened when he received the Chevening Award scholarship to study documentary films at Royal Holloway, University of London. As a scholarship hunter, Fuadi is always enthusiastic to continue his education and find more scholarships. He has had opportunities to live and study in Canada, Singapore, USA, and the UK.1

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What Media Say

Ahmad Fuadi: Freedom in writing by Prodita Sabarini — Jakarta Post (Jul 25, 2013)
Author Ahmad Fuadi is Living the Dream by Sylviana Hamdani — Jakarta Globe (Sep 20, 2011)