Famous Ethiopian Women

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Queen of Sheba
(Biblical figure)
Queen of Sheba
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Birthplace: Ethiopia

Queen of Sheba is a biblical figure who finds a mention in the Hebrew Bible. Although her existence is often disputed among scholars and historians, the Queen of Sheba has been an important character in the history of literature, art, and music. Her stories have also inspired films, such as The Queen of Sheba (1921) and Solomon and Sheba (1959).

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Sifan Hassan
(Long-distance runner)
Sifan Hassan
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Birthdate: January 1, 1993
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Adama, Ethiopia
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Liya Kebede
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Birthdate: March 1, 1978
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Liya Kebede is a model, actress, clothing designer, and maternal health advocate. One of the best-known models from Ethiopia, Kebede has graced the cover of Vogue on multiple occasions. Also known for her philanthropic efforts, Kebede established the Liya Kebede Foundation. Her work through the foundation earned her a place in Glamour magazine's Women of the Year list in 2013.

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LoLa Monroe
(Rapper)
LoLa Monroe
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Birthdate: October 25, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Genzebe Dibaba
(Long-distance runner)
Genzebe Dibaba
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Birthdate: February 8, 1991
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bekoji, Ethiopia
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Zewditu
(Empress)
Zewditu
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Birthdate: April 28, 1876
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Werreyimenu, Wollo
Died: April 2, 1930
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Tirunesh Dibaba
(Athlete who competes in long-distance track events and international road races)
Tirunesh Dibaba
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Birthdate: June 1, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bekoji, Ethiopia
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Almaz Ayana
(Long-distance runner)
Almaz Ayana
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Birthdate: November 21, 1991
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Benishangul-Gumuz, Ethiopia
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Menen Asfaw
(Empress)
Menen Asfaw
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Birthdate: April 3, 1891
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Wollo, Ethiopian Empire
Died: February 15, 1962
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Aster Aweke
(Singer)
Aster Aweke
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Birthdate: 1958 AD
Birthplace: Gondar, Ethiopia
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Taytu Betul
(Empress)
Taytu Betul
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Birthdate: August 17, 1851
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Oromia, Ethiopian Empire
Died: February 11, 1918
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Derartu Tulu
(Long-distance runner)
Derartu Tulu
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Birthdate: March 21, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bekoji, Ethiopia
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Gigi
(Singer)
Gigi
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Birthdate: 1974 AD
Birthplace: Ethiopia
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Sahle-Work Zewde
(President of Ethiopia)
Sahle-Work Zewde
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Birthdate: February 21, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Rediet Abebe
(Computer scientist)
Rediet Abebe
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Birthdate: 1991 AD
Birthplace: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Letesenbet Gidey
(Long-distance runner)
Letesenbet Gidey
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Birthdate: March 20, 1998
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Endameskel, Tigray Region, Ethiopia
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Meseret Defar
(Athlete)
Meseret Defar
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Birthdate: November 19, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Adis Abeba, Ethiopia
Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou
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Birthdate: December 12, 1923
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ethiopia
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Senait Fisseha
(Endocrinologist)
Senait Fisseha
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Birthdate: 1971 AD
Birthplace: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Tiki Gelana
(Long-distance runner)
Tiki Gelana
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Birthdate: October 22, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Jijiga, Ethiopia
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Zinash Tayachew
(Politician)
Zinash Tayachew
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Birthdate: January 13, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Gondar, Ethiopia
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Ejegayehu Dibaba
(Marathon runner)
Ejegayehu Dibaba
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Birthdate: March 21, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ethiopia
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Azeb Mesfin
(Business Women)
Azeb Mesfin
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Birthplace: Welkait, Ethiopia
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Amleset Muchie
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Birthdate: 1987 AD
Birthplace: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Selam Tesfaye
(Actress)
Selam Tesfaye
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Birthdate: October 21, 1993
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Harar, Ethiopia
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Maaza Mengiste
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Birthdate: 1974 AD
Birthplace: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Abeba Aregawi
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Birthdate: July 5, 1990
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Adigrat, Ethiopia
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Mahder Assefa
(Actress)
Mahder Assefa
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Birthdate: October 5, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Meaza Ashenafi
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Birthdate: July 25, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Asosa, Benishangul-Gumuz, Ethiopian Empire
Billene Seyoum Woldeyes
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Birthdate: 1982 AD
Birthplace: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Hanan Tarik
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Birthdate: June 30, 1994
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Olympia, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Birtukan Mideksa
(Politician)
Birtukan Mideksa
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Birthdate: 1974 AD
Birthplace: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Fryat Yemane
(Actress)
Fryat Yemane
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Birthdate: October 1, 1991
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mekelle, Ethiopia
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Zeritu Kebede
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Birthdate: February 19, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Betty G
(Singer)
Betty G
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Birthplace: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Eleni of Ethiopia
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Birthplace: Hadiya Sultanate
Died: March 31, 1522
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Muferiat Kamil
(Politician)
Muferiat Kamil
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Birthdate: 1976 AD
Birthplace: Jimma, Ethiopia
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Meklit Hadero
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Birthplace: Ethiopia
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Tigist Shibabaw
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Birthdate: 1980 AD
Birthplace: Chagni, Ethiopia
Died: December 31, 2008
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Mentewab
(Political figure)
Mentewab
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Birthdate: 1706 AD
Birthplace: Qwara, Ethiopia
Died: June 27, 1773
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Keria Ibrahim
(Politician)
Keria Ibrahim
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Birthdate: March 22, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Asmara, Eritrea
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Fatuma Roba
(Long-distance runner, Marathon runner)
Fatuma Roba
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Birthdate: December 18, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bekoji, Ethiopia
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Medferiashwork Abebe
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Birthdate: 1922 AD
Birthplace: Ethiopia
Died: March 13, 2009
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Betelhem Dessie
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Birthdate: 1999 AD
Birthplace: Harar, Ethiopia
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Aisha Mohammed Mussa
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Birthdate: 1979 AD
Birthplace: Derg, Ethiopia
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Abby Lakew
(Singer)
Abby Lakew
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Birthplace: Gondar, Ethiopia
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Tiruwork Wube
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Birthplace: Ethiopia
Died: May 16, 1868
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Hayat Ahmed
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Birthdate: 1982 AD
Birthplace: Ethiopia
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Loza Abera
(Football player)
Loza Abera
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Birthdate: October 2, 1997
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Durame, Ethiopia
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Gelila Bekele
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Birthdate: September 4, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia