Sudanese

Sudan, the third largest country in Africa, was home to numerous ancient civilizations, such as the Kingdom of Kush, Kerma, Nobatia, Alodia, Makuria, Meroë and others, and thus has a long tradition of cultural diversity. The culture of the country is the amalgamation of the behaviors, practices, and beliefs of about 578 ethnic groups, communicating in 145 different languages. With such a vast literary tradition, it comes as no surprise that the nation produced Ibrahim 'Ali Salman who is regarded as the most famous contemporary poet of the Arab Manasir and is simple referred to as "Ibrahim the poet". Sudanese music is also very diverse though years of political instability and chaos has deeply affected the country’s rich musical legacy. In the late 20th century, many of the country's most prominent poets, like Mahjoub Sharif, were imprisoned while others, like Mohammed el Amin and Mohammed Wardi fled the country. Well-built, strong and athletic, the Sudanese are known for their love for sports, especially athletics (track and field) and football. Sportsmen like Haitham Mustafa, Hassan El Kashief, and Ismail Ahmed Ismail have made the country proud on a pan-African basis. This section provides you information about the life and works of famous Sudanese people.

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 1 Alek Wek

Alek Wek.
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Model
Birthdate: April 16, 1977
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Wau

Alek Wek is a South Sudanese-British designer and model. Since making her fashion debut at the age of 18, Alek has been an influential figure in the world of fashion; she has been praised for redefining beauty and altering the perception of beauty within the fashion industry. In 2015, she was included in the BBC's 100 Women list.

 2 Manute Bol

Manute Bol.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: October 16, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Gogrial, Sudan
Died: June 19, 2010

 3 Alexander Siddig

Alexander Siddig.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 21, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Wad Madani, Gezira, Sudan

 4 Omar al-Bashir

Omar al-Bashir.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Former President of Sudan
Birthdate: January 1, 1944
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hosh Bannaga, Sudan

Omar al-Bashir is a Sudanese politician who served as the seventh president of Sudan. A former military officer, he is the founder of the National Congress Party that remained the dominant political party in the country until 2019. He was deposed in a coup d'état the same year and subsequently arrested and convicted on multiple corruption charges.

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 5 Luol Deng

Luol Deng.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: April 16, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Wau

 6 Salva Kiir Mayardit

Salva Kiir Mayardit.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: President of South Sudan
Birthdate: September 13, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bahr el Ghazal

Sudanese rebel leader Salva Kiir Mayardit became the first president of South Sudan. In 2020, he signed an agreement with opposition leader and current vice president Riek Machar to share power and create a unified government, putting an end to a brutal civil war that has seen mass rapes and murders.

 7 Muhammad Ahmad

Muhammad Ahmad.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Religious Leader
Birthdate: August 12, 1844
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dongola
Died: June 22, 1885

Born to a Sudanese shipbuilder, Muhammad Ahmad grew up to become a Sufi religious leader. His war against the Ottoman-Egyptian rule and his capture of Khartoum led him to establish a vast Islamic state. Named the first Mahdi, he was one of the rare African rulers to defeat the British.

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 8 Josephine Bakhita

Josephine Bakhita
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: June 10, 1869
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Darfur, Sudan
Died: February 8, 1947

 9 John Garang

John Garang.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 23, 1945
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Twic East County
Died: July 30, 2005

Revolutionary leader and president of Southern Sudan John Garang was the man behind the term "Sudanism," which promoted cohesiveness among the people of Sudan. Orphaned at 10, he completed his education on scholarships but later rejected an offer from UCB to go to Tanzania. He died in a helicopter crash.

 10 Piye

Piye
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Kerma
Died: 0714 AD

 11 Tayeb Salih

Tayeb Salih.
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: July 12, 1929
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Al Dabbah, Sudan
Died: February 18, 2009

One of the most influential Sudanese authors, Tayeb Salih was born into a farming community and had thus aspired to work in agriculture. However, he became a journalist later and worked with al Majalla and BBC. His works such as The Wedding of Zein mirror the intricacies of African life.

 12 Hassan Al-Turabi

Hassan Al-Turabi
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 1, 1931
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kassala, Sudan
Died: March 5, 2016

 13 Al-Ṭayyib Ṣāliḥ

Al-Ṭayyib Ṣāliḥ
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: July 12, 1929
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: al-Shamaliyah, Sudan
Died: February 18, 2009

 14 Muhammad Naguib

Muhammad Naguib
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 20, 1901
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Khartoum
Died: August 29, 1984

 15 Andreas Voutsinas

Andreas Voutsinas
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 22, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Khartoum, Sudan
Died: June 8, 2010

 16 Ismail al-Azhari

Ismail al-Azhari
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Political figure
Birthdate: October 20, 1900
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Omdurman, Sudan
Died: August 26, 1969

 17 Rābiḥ az-Zubayr

Rābiḥ az-Zubayr
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Military leader
Birthdate: 1842 AD
Birthplace: Khartoum, Sudan
Died: April 22, 1900

 18 Ahmed al-Mirghani

Ahmed al-Mirghani
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 16, 1941
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Khartoum, Sudan
Died: November 2, 2008

 19 Khalil Ibrahim

Khalil Ibrahim
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: 1957 AD
Birthplace: Darfur, Sudan
Died: December 23, 2011

 20 Osman Digna

Osman Digna
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Commander
Birthdate: 1840 AD
Birthplace: Sawākin, Sudan
Died: 1926 AD

 21 Jaafar Nimeiry

Jaafar Nimeiry
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 26, 1928
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Omdurman, Sudan
Died: May 30, 2009

 22 Taban lo Liyong

Taban lo Liyong
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 1938 AD
Birthplace: Gulu, Uganda

 23 Yousif Kuwa

Yousif Kuwa
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: 1945 AD
Birthplace: Sudan
Died: 2001 AD