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

Marcus SamuelssonMarcus Samuelsson
25 January 1970
Chef

Menelik IIMenelik II
17 August 1844
Emperor of Ethiopia

AminéAminé
18 April 1994
Rapper

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

Abune PaulosAbune Paulos
03 November 1935
Patriarch

Kitaw EjiguKitaw Ejigu
25 February 1948
Space Scientist
Gelila BekeleGelila Bekele
04 September 1986
Model

Tedros AdhanomTedros Adhanom
03 March 1965
Politician

Ruth NeggaRuth Negga
07 January 1982
Actress

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

Sifan HassanSifan Hassan
01 January 1993
Long-distance runner

Sahle-Work ZewdeSahle-Work Zewde
21 February 1950
President of Ethiopia
Meles ZenawiMeles Zenawi
08 May 1955
Prime Minister

Tewodros II of EthiopiaTewodros II of Ethiopia
1818 AD
Emperor

Abraham VergheseAbraham Verghese
30 May 1955
Physician

Haile GebrselassieHaile Gebrselassie
18 April 1973
Marathon runner, Long-distance runner, Athletics
Yohannes IVYohannes IV
11 July 1837
Emperor

Kenenisa BekeleKenenisa Bekele
13 June 1982
Long-distance runner
AbrahaAbraha
Army general

Zera Yacob Amha SelassieZera Yacob Amha Selassie
17 August 1953
Prince

Ismail Omar GuellehIsmail Omar Guelleh
27 November 1946
President of Djibouti
ZewdituZewditu
28 April 1876
Empress

Hachalu HundessaHachalu Hundessa
1986 AD
Singer
Menen AsfawMenen Asfaw
03 April 1891
Empress

Letesenbet GideyLetesenbet Gidey
20 March 1998
Long-distance runner

Hailemariam DesalegnHailemariam Desalegn
19 July 1965
Politician
Prince MakonnenPrince Makonnen
16 October 1924
Prince

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Moses the BlackMoses the Black
0330 AD
Monk
Makonnen Wolde MikaelMakonnen Wolde Mikael
08 May 1852
Military leader

Teddy AfroTeddy Afro
14 July 1976
Singer

Tirunesh DibabaTirunesh Dibaba
01 June 1985
long-distance runner, athletics competitor

LoLa MonroeLoLa Monroe
25 October 1986
Rapper
Prince Sahle SelassiePrince Sahle Selassie
27 February 1932
Prince
Sinedu TadesseSinedu Tadesse
25 September 1975
Murderer

Taytu BetulTaytu Betul
17 August 1851
Empress

Prince AlemayehuPrince Alemayehu
23 April 1861
Prince

Genzebe DibabaGenzebe Dibaba
08 February 1991
Long-distance runner
Almaz AyanaAlmaz Ayana
21 November 1991
Long-distance runner

Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam GuèbrouEmahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou
12 December 1923
Nun

Zinash TayachewZinash Tayachew
13 January 1978
Politician

Aster AwekeAster Aweke
1958 AD
Singer

Tilahun GessesseTilahun Gessesse
27 September 1940
Singer
Ermias Sahle SelassieErmias Sahle Selassie
14 June 1960
Prince

FasilidesFasilides
1603 AD
Emperor of Ethiopia
Derartu TuluDerartu Tulu
21 March 1972
Long-distance runner

Maaza MengisteMaaza Mengiste
1974 AD
Writer

Amda Seyon IAmda Seyon I
1314 AD
King of Ethiopia
Rediet AbebeRediet Abebe
1991 AD
Computer scientist

Sahle SelassieSahle Selassie
1795 AD
King
GigiGigi
1974 AD
Singer

Mahmoud AhmedMahmoud Ahmed
08 May 1941
Singer

Birtukan MideksaBirtukan Mideksa
1974 AD
Politician

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

Meaza AshenafiMeaza Ashenafi
25 July 1964
Lawyer
Meseret DefarMeseret Defar
19 November 1983
Athlete

Imru Haile SelassieImru Haile Selassie
23 November 1892
Politician

Stefanos Mengesha SeyoumStefanos Mengesha Seyoum
24 October 1952
Prince

Selam TesfayeSelam Tesfaye
21 October 1993
Actress
Ras Mengesha YohannesRas Mengesha Yohannes
1868 AD
Governor

Aklilu Habte-WoldAklilu Habte-Wold
12 March 1912
Politician
Lelisa DesisaLelisa Desisa
14 January 1990
Marathon runner

Seyoum MengeshaSeyoum Mengesha
21 June 1887
Army commander

Azeb MesfinAzeb Mesfin
Business Women
Araya Selassie YohannesAraya Selassie Yohannes
1870 AD
Yohannes IV's son

Gabre-Medhin TsegayeGabre-Medhin Tsegaye
17 August 1936
Ethiopian Poet
Miruts YifterMiruts Yifter
15 May 1944
Long-distance runner

Yomif KejelchaYomif Kejelcha
01 August 1997
Long-distance running

Haile Selassie GugsaHaile Selassie Gugsa
1907 AD
Military personnel
Amleset MuchieAmleset Muchie
1987 AD
Model

Eleni of EthiopiaEleni of Ethiopia
Queen
Tamrat DestaTamrat Desta
01 June 1978
Singer

Senait FissehaSenait Fisseha
1971 AD
Endocrinologist

Mamo WoldeMamo Wolde
12 June 1932
Athlete

Hanan TarikHanan Tarik
30 June 1994
Actor
Joel Dawit MakonnenJoel Dawit Makonnen
05 May 1982
Attorney
Muktar EdrisMuktar Edris
14 January 1994
Long-distance runner

Shura KitataShura Kitata
09 June 1996
Marathon runner

Tariku BekeleTariku Bekele
28 February 1987
Long-distance runner

Mengesha SeyoumMengesha Seyoum
07 December 1927
Politician
Selemon BaregaSelemon Barega
20 January 2000
Long-distance runner

Medferiashwork AbebeMedferiashwork Abebe
1922 AD
Princess

Tiki GelanaTiki Gelana
22 October 1987
Long-distance runner

Mahder AssefaMahder Assefa
05 October 1987
Actress

Ali BirraAli Birra
29 September 1947
Singer
Feyisa LilesaFeyisa Lilesa
01 February 1990
Athlete, Long-distance runner

MentewabMentewab
1706 AD
Political figure
Tsgabu GrmayTsgabu Grmay
25 August 1991
Cyclist

Muferiat KamilMuferiat Kamil
1976 AD
Politician
Mikael SehulMikael Sehul
1691 AD
Political figure
Abuna BasiliosAbuna Basilios
23 April 1891
Archbishop