A Caribbean country in North America, Haiti is the land of the high mountains. If history is to be believed, French fondly referred to the country as the Pearl of the Antilles. This was primarily because Haiti was rich both in terms of natural beauty and accumulated wealth. In fact, it was the richest colony owned by the European powers of that time. Taking the legacy of the richness forward were its nationals, Haitians, as they are known as who contributed extensively to the country’s rich political, economic, art and cultural background through their personal endeavours. Interestingly, apart from national heroes, Haiti has served as the home of many migrant Haitians who have created quite a niche for themselves and their homeland in foreign countries. Did you know that the famous singer Usher, NBA player Blake Griffith, rapper Tony Yayo and actor Jamie Hector are all Haitian descents? Additionally, there have been numerous Haitian nationals, who have done their country proud through their works. Jean Michael-Basquiat was a highly prolific painter who infused African and Caribbean culture in his canvas. Haitian women have also made noteworthy contribution. Edwidge Danticat is an award-wining writer best known for her works, ‘Breath, Eyes, Memory’ and ‘The Dew Breaker’. Read this section to find more about famous Haitians.
Bermane StiverneBermane Stiverne
(Professional Boxer)

01 November 1978

Jean-Claude DuvalierJean-Claude Duvalier
(Former President of Haiti)

03 July 1951

Jean-Bertrand AristideJean-Bertrand Aristide
(Former President of Haiti)

15 July 1953

Michel MartellyMichel Martelly
(President of Haiti)

12 February 1961

Edwidge DanticatEdwidge Danticat

19 January 1969

François DuvalierFrançois Duvalier
(Politician, Physician)

14 April 1907

Jean-Jacques DessalinesJean-Jacques Dessalines
(Haitian general)

20 September 1758

Jean PascalJean Pascal

28 October 1982

Jean LouisJean Louis
(Artist, Screenwriter, Costume designer)

05 October 1907

Samuel DalembertSamuel Dalembert
(Basketball player)

10 May 1981

René PrévalRené Préval

17 January 1943

Laurent LamotheLaurent Lamothe
(Tennis player, Diplomat, Politician)

14 August 1972