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

Known for his 7’ 7” frame, Manute Bol made headlines as one of the tallest NBA players ever. Born in Sudan, he was initially a soccer player but quit it because of his height. He later moved to the US to represent basketball teams such as the Golden State Warriors.

 3 Luol Deng

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

 4 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.

 5 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.

 6 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
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 7 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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 8 Zeinab Badawi

Zeinab Badawi
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: November 24, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Juba, South Sudan

 9 Alexander Siddig

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

 10 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 19, 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.

 11 Peter Jok

Peter Jok
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: March 30, 1994
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Khartoum, Sudan

 12 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

 13 Muhammad Ahmad

Muhammad Ahmad
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Famous As: Ruler of Sudan (1881-85)
Birthdate: August 12, 1844
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dongola, Sudan
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.

 14 Alaa Salah

Alaa Salah
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Khartoum, Sudan

 15 Mariam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag

Mariam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: November 3, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Al Qadarif, Sudan

 16 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

 17 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

 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 Mahmoud Mohammed Taha

Mahmoud Mohammed Taha
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Politician, Civil Engineer
Birthdate: 1909 AD
Birthplace: Rufaa, Sudan
Died: January 18, 1985

 20 Abdalelah Haroun

Abdalelah Haroun
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Sprinter
Birthdate: January 1, 1997
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sudan
Died: June 26, 2021

 21 Leila Aboulela

Leila Aboulela
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Novelist, Writer
Birthdate: 1964 AD
Birthplace: Cairo, Egypt

 22 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

 23 Rebecca Nyandeng De Mabior

Rebecca Nyandeng De Mabior
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 15, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bor, Republic of the Sudan

 24 Noura Hussein

Noura Hussein
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Victims of human rights abuses
Birthdate: 1998 AD
Birthplace: Sudan

 25 Khalil Ibrahim

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

 26 Asma Mohamed Abdalla

Asma Mohamed Abdalla
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Diplomat
Birthdate: August 14, 1946
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Khartoum, Anglo-Egyptian Sudan

 27 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

 28 Osman Digna

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

 29 Safia Elhillo

Safia Elhillo
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: December 16, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rockville, Maryland, United States

 30 Alsarah

Alsarah
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Ethnomusicologist, Musicologist
Birthdate: 1982 AD
Birthplace: Khartoum, Sudan

 31 Mohammed Ali Tewfik

Mohammed Ali Tewfik
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: He was a member of the Muhammad Ali Dynasty
Birthdate: November 9, 1875
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cairo, Egypt
Died: March 18, 1955

The son of Tewfik I of the Muhammad Ali dynasty, Mohammed Ali Tewfik was the uncle of Farouk I and his regent. After the declaration of Egypt as a republic, he spent the rest of his life in exile. He loved horse breeding and also penned a book on the subject.

 32 Maha Jaafar

Maha Jaafar
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Listed In: YouTubers
Famous As: Influencer, YouTuber
Birthdate: 1994 AD
Birthplace: United Arab Emirates

 33 Piye

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

 34 Kola Boof

Kola Boof
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: March 3, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Omdurman, Sudan

 35 Raja Nicola

Raja Nicola
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: 1950 AD
Birthplace: Omdurman, Sudan

 36 Muhammad Naguib

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

Egyptian revolutionary Muhammad Naguib was one of the pillars of the 1952 Egyptian Revolution and had a major role in the ouster of King Farouk I. A military man, he was the country’s war and navy minister. He also served as the 1st president of Egypt and its prime minister.

 37 Amin Mekki Medani

Amin Mekki Medani
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: February 2, 1939
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Wad Madani, Sudan
Died: August 31, 2018

 38 Emtithal Mahmoud

Emtithal Mahmoud
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Poet, Writer
Birthdate: 1990 AD
Birthplace: Darfur, Sudan

 39 Nesrine Malik

Nesrine Malik
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Khartoum, Sudan

 40 Yousra Elbagir

Yousra Elbagir
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: 1992 AD
Birthplace: Khartoum, Sudan

 41 Aisha Musa el-Said

Aisha Musa el-Said
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: El-Obeid, North Kordofan, Sudan

 42 Yamilé Aldama

Yamilé Aldama
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Athletics competitor
Birthdate: August 14, 1972
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba

 43 Halima Bashir

Halima Bashir
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: November 22, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Darfur, Sudan

 44 Fatima Ahmed Ibrahim

Fatima Ahmed Ibrahim
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: 1933 AD
Birthplace: Khartoum, Sudan
Died: August 12, 2017

 45 Gawaher

Gawaher
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: 1969 AD
Birthplace: Port Sudan, Sudan

 46 Taban lo Liyong

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

 47 Ismail Ahmed Ismail

Ismail Ahmed Ismail
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Middle-distance runner
Birthdate: November 1, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Khartoum, Sudan

 48 Abubaker Kaki Khamis

Abubaker Kaki Khamis
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Runner
Birthdate: June 21, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Muglad, Sudan

 49 Lubna al-Hussein

Lubna al-Hussein
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: 1973 AD
Birthplace: Sudan

 50 Aisha Musa Ahmad

Aisha Musa Ahmad
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 1, 1922
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kassala, Sudan
Died: February 24, 1974