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
(Former Emperor of Ethiopia)

23 July 1892

Menelik IIMenelik II
(Emperor of Ethiopia)

17 August 1844

Marcus SamuelssonMarcus Samuelsson

25 January 1970

Liya KebedeLiya Kebede

01 March 1978

Abebe BikilaAbebe Bikila
(Olympic marathon champion)

07 August 1932

Gelila BekeleGelila Bekele

04 September 1986

Kitaw EjiguKitaw Ejigu
(Space Scientist)

25 February 1948


18 April 1994

Abune PaulosAbune Paulos

03 November 1935

Mengistu Haile MariamMengistu Haile Mariam
(Politician, Military personnel)

21 May 1937

Haile GebrselassieHaile Gebrselassie
(Marathon runner, Long-distance runner, Athletics competitor)

18 April 1973

Kenenisa BekeleKenenisa Bekele
(Long-distance runner, Athletics competitor)

13 June 1982

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Meles ZenawiMeles Zenawi
(Prime Minister)

08 May 1955

Hailemariam DesalegnHailemariam Desalegn

19 July 1965

Abraham VergheseAbraham Verghese
(writer, university teacher)

1955 AD

Tirunesh DibabaTirunesh Dibaba
(long-distance runner, athletics competitor)

01 June 1985

Genzebe DibabaGenzebe Dibaba
(Long-distance runner, Middle-distance runner, Athletics competitor)

08 February 1991

Haile Selassie I of EthiopiaHaile Selassie I of Ethiopia
(Former Emperor of Ethiopia)

23 June 1892

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Aklilu Habte-WoldAklilu Habte-Wold

12 March 1912

Girma Wolde-GiorgisGirma Wolde-Giorgis
(Former President of Ethiopia)

28 December 1924

Tewodros II of EthiopiaTewodros II of Ethiopia

1818 AD

Ismail Omar GuellehIsmail Omar Guelleh
(President of Djibouti)

27 November 1946

Menelek II of EthiopiaMenelek II of Ethiopia

17 August 1844