Ethiopia, a land that boasts of a vibrant culture and rich traditions, has produced many famous personalities in the fields of music, arts, literature, and science. Especially renowned for its diversity in music, each of the country's ethnic groups is associated with unique sounds ranging from traditional folk music to Christian and secular music. Ethiopian songwriter Zelal Mekuria, Ethio-jazz musician Mulatu Astatke and singer Alemayehu Eshete have played major roles in promoting Ethiopian music in the modern age. One of the most prominent Ethiopian singers in the contemporary world is Gigi. Hardy, well-built and athletic, Ethiopians are also famous for displaying their physical prowess in sports. The nation is best known internationally for its middle-distance and long-distance runners like Haile Gebreselassie (World champion and Olympic champion), and multi-gold medalists Meseret Defar and Tirunesh Dibaba. A multilingual nation with around 80 ethnolinguistic groups, Ethiopia has produced prominent writers like Abe Gubegna, Sebhat Guèbrè-Egziabhér, and Getatchew Haile who have published works in various languages. The nation is also the birth place of Loret Tsegaye Gabre-Medhin, an internationally respected poet, playwright, essayist, and art director. This section provides you information about the life and works of famous Ethiopians.
Haile SelassieHaile Selassie
23 July 1892
Former Emperor of Ethiopia
Abebe BikilaAbebe Bikila
07 August 1932
Olympic marathon champion

Marcus SamuelssonMarcus Samuelsson
25 January 1970

Menelik IIMenelik II
17 August 1844
Emperor of Ethiopia

Liya KebedeLiya Kebede
01 March 1978

Gelila BekeleGelila Bekele
04 September 1986
18 April 1994

Abune PaulosAbune Paulos
03 November 1935

Kitaw EjiguKitaw Ejigu
25 February 1948
Space Scientist

Ruth NeggaRuth Negga
07 January 1982
Kenenisa BekeleKenenisa Bekele
13 June 1982
Long-distance runner, Athletics competitor

Mengistu Haile MariamMengistu Haile Mariam
21 May 1937
Politician, Military personnel
Haile GebrselassieHaile Gebrselassie
18 April 1973
Marathon runner, Long-distance runner, Athletics

Meles ZenawiMeles Zenawi
08 May 1955
Prime Minister

Tirunesh DibabaTirunesh Dibaba
01 June 1985
long-distance runner, athletics competitor
Abraham VergheseAbraham Verghese
1955 AD
writer, university teacher

Genzebe DibabaGenzebe Dibaba
08 February 1991
Long-distance runner, Middle-distance runner,
Hailemariam DesalegnHailemariam Desalegn
19 July 1965

Haile Selassie I of EthiopiaHaile Selassie I of Ethiopia
23 June 1892
Former Emperor of Ethiopia

Aklilu Habte-WoldAklilu Habte-Wold
12 March 1912
Girma Wolde-GiorgisGirma Wolde-Giorgis
28 December 1924
Former President of Ethiopia

Ismail Omar GuellehIsmail Omar Guelleh
27 November 1946
President of Djibouti
Tewodros II of EthiopiaTewodros II of Ethiopia
1818 AD

Menelek II of EthiopiaMenelek II of Ethiopia
17 August 1844