Famous Ethiopian - Ethiopian Celebrities

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.

Find out more about the greatest Ethiopians, including Haile Selassie, Marcus Samuelsson, Menelik II, Abebe Bikila and Liya Kebede.

The Most Famous Ethiopian

NameBirthdayNationalityBio
Gelila BekeleSeptember 4, 1986EthiopianGelila Bekele is an Ethiopian model, social worker, and documentary maker
Kitaw EjiguFebruary 25, 1948EthiopianKitaw Ejigu was an Ethiopian American engineer and political leader
Menelik IIAugust 17, 1844EthiopianMenelik II was the Emperor of Ethiopia from 1889 to 1913
Liya KebedeMarch 1, 1978EthiopianThe famous super model, Liya Kebede, is also a philanthropist to the core, supporting local Ethiopian artisans through her clothesline ‘LemLem’
Abebe BikilaAugust 7, 1932EthiopianAbebe Bikila was a prominent Olympic marathon champion from Ethiopia
AminéApril 18, 1994Ethiopian, AmericanAminé is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter from Oregon, US
Haile SelassieJuly 23, 1892EthiopianTafariMakonnen better known as Haile Selassie was the last ruler of Ethiopia
Abune PaulosNovember 3, 1935EthiopianHis Holiness Abune Paulos was the Fifth Patriarch of the ‘Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church’
Marcus SamuelssonJanuary 25, 1970EthiopianThis famous chef-restaurateur is known for carving a niche in the cooking world despite suffering racial discrimination

Menelik II

Menelik II was the Emperor of Ethiopia from 1889 to 1913

EthiopianAugust 17, 1844279 views

Abune Paulos

His Holiness Abune Paulos was the Fifth Patriarch of the ‘Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church’

Marcus Samuelsson

This famous chef-restaurateur is known for carving a niche in the cooking world despite suffering racial discrimination

EthiopianJanuary 25, 1970103 views

Abebe Bikila

Abebe Bikila was a prominent Olympic marathon champion from Ethiopia

EthiopianAugust 7, 1932136 views

Haile Selassie

TafariMakonnen better known as Haile Selassie was the last ruler of Ethiopia

EthiopianJuly 23, 1892117 views

Kitaw Ejigu

Kitaw Ejigu was an Ethiopian American engineer and political leader

EthiopianFebruary 25, 1948385 views

Liya Kebede

The famous super model, Liya Kebede, is also a philanthropist to the core, supporting local Ethiopian artisans through her clothesline ‘LemLem’

EthiopianMarch 1, 1978269 views

Aminé

Aminé is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter from Oregon, US

EthiopianApril 18, 1994135 views

Gelila Bekele

Gelila Bekele is an Ethiopian model, social worker, and documentary maker