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
|Gelila Bekele||September 4, 1986||Ethiopian||Gelila Bekele is an Ethiopian model, social worker, and documentary maker|
|Kitaw Ejigu||February 25, 1948||Ethiopian||Kitaw Ejigu was an Ethiopian American engineer and political leader|
|Menelik II||August 17, 1844||Ethiopian||Menelik II was the Emperor of Ethiopia from 1889 to 1913|
|Liya Kebede||March 1, 1978||Ethiopian||The famous super model, Liya Kebede, is also a philanthropist to the core, supporting local Ethiopian artisans through her clothesline ‘LemLem’|
|Abebe Bikila||August 7, 1932||Ethiopian||Abebe Bikila was a prominent Olympic marathon champion from Ethiopia|
|Abune Paulos||November 3, 1935||Ethiopian||His Holiness Abune Paulos was the Fifth Patriarch of the ‘Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church’|
|Aminé||April 18, 1994||Ethiopian, American||Aminé is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter from Oregon, US|
|Haile Selassie||July 23, 1892||Ethiopian||TafariMakonnen better known as Haile Selassie was the last ruler of Ethiopia|
|Marcus Samuelsson||January 25, 1970||Ethiopian||This famous chef-restaurateur is known for carving a niche in the cooking world despite suffering racial discrimination|