Find out more about the greatest Ethiopian, including Haile Selassie, Marcus Samuelsson, Menelik II, Liya Kebede and Gelila Bekele.

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

27 August 1975

Ejersa Goro

Cancer

Menelik IIMenelik II
(Emperor of Ethiopia)

17 August 1844

12 December 1913

Angolalla Tera

Leo

Marcus SamuelssonMarcus Samuelsson
(Chef)

25 January 1970

Addis Ababa

Aquarius

Kitaw EjiguKitaw Ejigu
(Space Scientist)

25 February 1948

13 January 2006

Bonga

Pisces

Abebe BikilaAbebe Bikila
(Olympic marathon champion)

07 August 1932

25 October 1973

Ethiopia

Leo

Liya KebedeLiya Kebede
(Model)

01 March 1978

Addis Ababa

Pisces

Gelila BekeleGelila Bekele
(Model)

04 September 1986

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Virgo

Abune PaulosAbune Paulos
(Patriarch)

03 November 1935

16 August 2012

Adwa

Scorpio

AminéAminé
(Rapper)

18 April 1994

Portland, Oregon

Aries

Hailemariam DesalegnHailemariam Desalegn
(Politician)

19 July 1965

Boloso Sore

Cancer

Mengistu Haile MariamMengistu Haile Mariam
(Politician, Military personnel)

21 May 1937

Ethiopia

Taurus

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

13 June 1982

Bekoji

Gemini

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

18 April 1973

Asella

Aries

Siad BarreSiad Barre
(President,Author)

06 October 1919

02 January 1995

Shilavo

Libra

Meles ZenawiMeles Zenawi
(Prime Minister)

08 May 1955

20 August 2012

Adwa

Taurus

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

08 February 1991

Bekoji

Aquarius

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

01 June 1985

Arsi Province

Gemini

Abraham VergheseAbraham Verghese
(writer, university teacher)

1955 AD

Addis Ababa

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

23 June 1892

27 August 1975

Ejersa Goro

Cancer

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

28 December 1924

Addis Ababa

Capricorn

Aklilu Habte-WoldAklilu Habte-Wold
(Politician)

12 March 1912

23 November 1974

Addis Ababa

Pisces

Tewodros II of EthiopiaTewodros II of Ethiopia
(Emperor)

1818 AD

13 April 1868

Qwara, Dembiya

Ismail Omar GuellehIsmail Omar Guelleh
(President of Djibouti)

27 November 1946

Dire Dawa

Sagittarius

Menelek II of EthiopiaMenelek II of Ethiopia
(Emperor)

17 August 1844

12 December 1913

Angolalla Tera

Leo