Find out more about the greatest Sudanese, including Omar al-Bashir, Amin Elhassan, Alek Wek, Muhammad Ahmad and Salva Kiir Mayardit.

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.
Alek WekAlek Wek

16 April 1977



Omar al-BashirOmar al-Bashir
(President of Sudan)

01 January 1944

Hosh Bannaga


Amin ElhassanAmin Elhassan
(Sports Commentator)

12 April 1979



Muhammad AhmadMuhammad Ahmad
(Religious Leader)

12 August 1844

22 June 1885



Salva Kiir MayarditSalva Kiir Mayardit
(President of South Sudan)

13 September 1951

Bahr el Ghazal


John GarangJohn Garang

23 June 1945

30 July 2005

Twic East County


Tayeb SalihTayeb Salih

12 July 1929

18 February 2009

Al Dabbah, Sudan


Luol DengLuol Deng
(Basketball player)

16 April 1985



Muhammad NaguibMuhammad Naguib

20 February 1901

29 August 1984



Gaafar NimeiryGaafar Nimeiry
(Former President of Sudan)

01 January 1930

30 May 2009