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

Abiy AhmedAbiy Ahmed
15 August 1976
Prime Minister of Ethiopia

Menelik IIMenelik II
17 August 1844
Emperor of Ethiopia

Marcus SamuelssonMarcus Samuelsson
25 January 1970

Abebe BikilaAbebe Bikila
07 August 1932
Olympic marathon champion
Liya KebedeLiya Kebede
01 March 1978

18 April 1994

Abune PaulosAbune Paulos
03 November 1935
Gelila BekeleGelila Bekele
04 September 1986

Kitaw EjiguKitaw Ejigu
25 February 1948
Space Scientist
Tedros AdhanomTedros Adhanom
03 March 1965

Ruth NeggaRuth Negga
07 January 1982

Mengistu Haile MariamMengistu Haile Mariam
21 May 1937
Politician, Military personnel

Kenenisa BekeleKenenisa Bekele
13 June 1982
Long-distance runner, Athletics competitor

Haile GebrselassieHaile Gebrselassie
18 April 1973
Marathon runner, Long-distance runner, Athletics
Meles ZenawiMeles Zenawi
08 May 1955
Prime Minister

Yohannes IVYohannes IV
11 July 1837

Army general

Hailemariam DesalegnHailemariam Desalegn
19 July 1965
Abraham VergheseAbraham Verghese
30 May 1955

Tirunesh DibabaTirunesh Dibaba
01 June 1985
long-distance runner, athletics competitor
LoLa MonroeLoLa Monroe
25 October 1986

Genzebe DibabaGenzebe Dibaba
08 February 1991
Long-distance runner, Middle-distance runner,

1603 AD
Emperor of Ethiopia
Sahle SelassieSahle Selassie
1795 AD

Aklilu Habte-WoldAklilu Habte-Wold
12 March 1912
Amda Seyon IAmda Seyon I
1314 AD
King of Ethiopia

Girma Wolde-GiorgisGirma Wolde-Giorgis
28 December 1924
Former President of Ethiopia

Meseret DefarMeseret Defar
19 November 1983
Tewodros II of EthiopiaTewodros II of Ethiopia
1818 AD

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Mamo WoldeMamo Wolde
12 June 1932
Ismail Omar GuellehIsmail Omar Guelleh
27 November 1946
President of Djibouti

Mikael SehulMikael Sehul
1691 AD
Political figure

Abuna BasiliosAbuna Basilios
23 April 1891

22 July 1273
Religious Leader
Mengistu LemmaMengistu Lemma
1924 AD
Gabre-Medhin TsegayeGabre-Medhin Tsegaye
17 August 1936
Ethiopian Poet

Abū al-Misk KāfūrAbū al-Misk Kāfūr
0905 AD

Daniachew WorkuDaniachew Worku
24 February 1936

Menashe ZemroMenashe Zemro
1905 AD
Religious leader