Ethiopian

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.

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Haile Selassie
(Emperor of Ethiopia)

Haile Selassie
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Birthdate: July 23, 1892
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ejersa Goro, Ethiopia
Died: August 27, 1975

Haile Selassie, served his country, Ethiopia, as its regent from 1916 to 1930 and as its emperor from 1930 to 1974. He introduced the first Ethiopian constitution, abolished slavery, chaired the Organisation of African Unity, and helped Ethiopia enter the UN. He inspired the Rastafari movement, too.

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Abebe Bikila
(Runner)

Abebe Bikila
8
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 13, 1932
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Shewa, Ethiopia
Died: October 25, 1973

Ethiopian marathon runner, Abebe Bikil,a became the first black African Olympic gold medalist at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. Four years later, he won his second gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics. He created world record both the times. A pioneer in long-distance running, he participated in a total of 16 marathons. 

 3 
Haile Gebrselassie
(Ethiopian running legend who won 10,000 meter gold medals at the 1996 and 2000 Summer Olympics)

Haile Gebrselassie
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 18, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Assela, Ethiopia

 4 
Queen of Sheba
(Biblical figure)

Queen of Sheba
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Ethiopia

Queen of Sheba is a biblical figure who finds a mention in the Hebrew Bible. Although her existence is often disputed among scholars and historians, the Queen of Sheba has been an important character in the history of literature, art, and music. Her stories have also inspired films, such as The Queen of Sheba (1921) and Solomon and Sheba (1959).

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Ruth Negga
(Actress)

Ruth Negga
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Birthdate: January 7, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Born to an Irish mother and an Ethiopian father, Ruth Negga didn’t look back after grabbing a Laurence Olivier Award nomination for the Best Newcomer, with her performance in the play Duck. She also played both Ophelia and Prince Hamlet in two different productions of the play.

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Abiy Ahmed
(Prime Minister of Ethiopia)

Abiy Ahmed
15
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 15, 1976
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Beshasha, Ethiopia

Abiy Ahmed is an Ethiopian politician and the current prime minister of Ethiopia. Since becoming the prime minister, Abiy Ahmed has been lauded for launching a wide program of economic and political reforms in Ethiopia. He also played a major role in ending the 20-year Eritrean–Ethiopian War for which he was honored with the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize.

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Menelik II
(Emperor of Ethiopia (1889-1913))

Menelik II
1
Birthdate: August 17, 1844
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Angolalla Tera
Died: December 12, 1913

Menelik II reigned as the emperor of Ethiopia from 1889 to 1913 after ruling as the king of Shewa from 1866 to 1889. He is credited with transforming the Ethiopian Empire by expanding his kingdom into Wolayta, Sidama, and Kaffa kingdoms. Fascinated by modernity, Menelik II played a major role in modernizing Ethiopia.

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 8 
Kenenisa Bekele
(Long-distance runner)

Kenenisa Bekele
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 13, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bekoji, Ethiopia

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Hachalu Hundessa
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 1986 AD
Birthplace: Ambo, Oromia Region, Ethiopia
Died: June 29, 2020

Tewodros II of Ethiopia
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1818 AD
Birthplace: Qwara, Dembiya
Died: April 13, 1868

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Liya Kebede
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: March 1, 1978
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Liya Kebede is a model, actress, clothing designer, and maternal health advocate. One of the best-known models from Ethiopia, Kebede has graced the cover of Vogue on multiple occasions. Also known for her philanthropic efforts, Kebede established the Liya Kebede Foundation. Her work through the foundation earned her a place in Glamour magazine's Women of the Year list in 2013.

 12 
LoLa Monroe
(Rapper)

LoLa Monroe
3
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 25, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

 13 
Sahle-Work Zewde
(President of Ethiopia)

Sahle-Work Zewde
5
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 21, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

 14 
Zewditu
(Empress)

Zewditu
1
Birthdate: April 28, 1876
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Werreyimenu, Wollo
Died: April 2, 1930

 15 
Genzebe Dibaba
(Long-distance runner)

Genzebe Dibaba
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 8, 1991
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bekoji, Ethiopia

 16 
Mulatu Astatke
(Ethiopian Musician and Arranger considered as the father of Ethio-jazz)

Mulatu Astatke
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 19, 1943
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Jimma, Ethiopia

 17 
Teddy Afro
(Singer)

Teddy Afro
3
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 14, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

 18 
Makonnen Wolde Mikael
(Military leader)

Makonnen Wolde Mikael
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 8, 1852
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sheno, Shewa, Ethiopia
Died: March 21, 1906

 19 
Jawar Mohammed
(Founder of Oromia Media Network)

Jawar Mohammed
2
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: May 12, 1986
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Oromia, Ethiopia

 20 
Tedros Adhanom
(Politician)

Tedros Adhanom
5
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 3, 1965
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Asmara, Ethiopian Empire (now Asmara, Eritrea)

 21 
Menen Asfaw
(Empress)

Menen Asfaw
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 3, 1891
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Wollo, Ethiopian Empire
Died: February 15, 1962

 22 
Almaz Ayana
(Long-distance runner)

Almaz Ayana
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 21, 1991
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Benishangul-Gumuz, Ethiopia

 23 
Taytu Betul
(Empress)

Taytu Betul
2
Birthdate: August 17, 1851
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Oromia, Ethiopian Empire
Died: February 11, 1918

 24 
Aster Aweke
(Singer)

Aster Aweke
0
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 1958 AD
Birthplace: Gondar, Ethiopia

 25 
Mengistu Haile Mariam
(Politician, Military personnel)

Mengistu Haile Mariam
4
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 21, 1937
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ethiopia

 26 
Abraha
(Army general)

Abraha
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Kingdom of Aksum, Ethiopia
Died: 0570 AD

 27 

Prince Sahle Selassie
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 27, 1932
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Menelik Palace, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Died: April 24, 1962

 28 
Sifan Hassan
(Long-distance runner)

Sifan Hassan
9
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 1, 1993
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Adama, Ethiopia

 29 
Derartu Tulu
(Long-distance runner)

Derartu Tulu
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 21, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bekoji, Ethiopia

 30 
Tirunesh Dibaba
(Athlete who competes in long-distance track events and international road races)

Tirunesh Dibaba
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 1, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bekoji, Ethiopia

 31 
Meles Zenawi
(Prime Minister)

Meles Zenawi
6
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 8, 1955
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Adwa
Died: August 20, 2012

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Moses the Black
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 0330 AD
Birthplace: Ethiopia

 33 
Lelisa Desisa
(Marathon runner)

Lelisa Desisa
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 14, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Shewa, Oromia, Ethiopia

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Letesenbet Gidey
(Long-distance runner)

Letesenbet Gidey
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 20, 1998
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Endameskel, Tigray Region, Ethiopia

 35 
Girma Wolde-Giorgis
(3rd president of Ethiopia from 2001 to 2013)

Girma Wolde-Giorgis
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 28, 1924
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Died: December 15, 2018

Zera Yacob Amha Selassie
4
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 17, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

 37 
Rediet Abebe
(Computer scientist)

Rediet Abebe
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: 1991 AD
Birthplace: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

 38 

Hailemariam Desalegn
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 19, 1965
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Boloso Sore

 39 
Selemon Barega
(Long-distance runner)

Selemon Barega
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 20, 2000
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Gurage, Ethiopia

 40 
Gigi
(Singer)

Gigi
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 1974 AD
Birthplace: Ethiopia

 41 
Mulugeta Seraw
(Killed by members of East Side White Pride and White Aryan Resistance)

Mulugeta Seraw
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 21, 1960
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Debre Tabor, Ethiopia
Died: November 13, 1988

 42 
Yohannes IV
(Emperor)

Yohannes IV
21
Birthdate: July 11, 1837
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: May Beha, Tembien, Ethiopian Empire
Died: March 10, 1889

 43 

Tilahun Gessesse
0
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 27, 1940
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Died: April 19, 2009

 44 

Ermias Sahle Selassie
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 14, 1960
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

 45 
Fasilides
(Emperor of Ethiopia)

Fasilides
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Birthdate: 1603 AD
Birthplace: Shewa, Ethiopia
Died: October 18, 1667

 46 
Meseret Defar
(Athlete)

Meseret Defar
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 19, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Adis Abeba, Ethiopia

Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 12, 1923
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ethiopia

 48 

Prince Makonnen
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 16, 1924
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Died: May 13, 1957

 49 
Feyisa Lilesa
(Athlete, Long-distance runner)

Feyisa Lilesa
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 1, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Oromia, Ethiopia

 50 
Miruts Yifter
(Long-distance runner)

Miruts Yifter
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 15, 1944
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Adigrat, Ethiopia
Died: December 23, 2016