Famous Sudanese - Sudanese Celebrities

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.

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

The Most Famous Sudanese

NameBirthdayNationalityBio
Nikki PerkinsApril 2, 1990SudaneseNikki Perkins (Nyakuoth) is a Sudanese model and social-media celebrity.
John GarangJune 23, 1945SudaneseJohn Garang is a Sudanese politician, who founded and led the 'Sudan People's Liberation Army' in the ‘Second Civil War’
Amin ElhassanApril 12, 1979SudaneseAmin Elhassan is a Sudan-born sports commentator based in the United States who is currently working as an on-air commentator at the TV channel ESPN
Omar al-BashirJanuary 1, 1944SudaneseOmar al-Bashir is the current President of Sudan
Salva Kiir MayarditSeptember 13, 1951SudaneseSalva Kiir Mayardit is the President of South Sudan
Alek WekApril 16, 1977SudaneseThe famous African supermodel is known for her charitable work with the United Nations for the Sudanese refugees
Tayeb SalihJuly 12, 1929SudaneseTayeb Salih was a Sudanese author who shot to fame through his novel ‘Season of Migration to the North’
Muhammad AhmadAugust 12, 1844SudaneseMuhammad Ahmad was a Sudanese religious leader, who claimed to be deliverer of evil, the ‘Mahdi’, and led a successful ‘jihad’ movement
Tayeb Salih

Tayeb Salih

Tayeb Salih was a Sudanese author who shot to fame through his novel ‘Season of Migration to the North’

SudaneseJuly 12, 1929157 views

Muhammad Ahmad

Muhammad Ahmad was a Sudanese religious leader, who claimed to be deliverer of evil, the ‘Mahdi’, and led a successful ‘jihad’ movement

SudaneseAugust 12, 1844102 views

John Garang

John Garang is a Sudanese politician, who founded and led the 'Sudan People's Liberation Army' in the ‘Second Civil War’

SudaneseJune 23, 1945456 views

Omar al-Bashir

Omar al-Bashir is the current President of Sudan

SudaneseJanuary 1, 1944209 views

Salva Kiir Mayardit

Salva Kiir Mayardit is the President of South Sudan

SudaneseSeptember 13, 1951165 views

Alek Wek

The famous African supermodel is known for her charitable work with the United Nations for the Sudanese refugees

SudaneseApril 16, 1977165 views

Nikki Perkins

Nikki Perkins (Nyakuoth) is a Sudanese model and social-media celebrity.

SudaneseApril 2, 1990920 views

Amin Elhassan

Amin Elhassan is a Sudan-born sports commentator based in the United States who is currently working as an on-air commentator at the TV channel ESPN

SudaneseApril 12, 1979274 views