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Famous Ethiopians

Ethiopia's Information

Flag of Ethiopia
Land Area 1,000,000 km2
Water Area 104,300 km2
Total Area 1,104,300km2 (#26)
Population 102,374,044 (#13)
Population Density 102.37/km2
Government Type Federal Parliamentary Republic
GDP (PPP) $175.00 Billion
GDP Per Capita $1,900
Currency Birr (ETB)
Largest Cities
People listed are almost always native to the country. We do (on occasion) include those that have either lived within the country for most of their adult life, or have made a significant contribution to the country in their personal endeavors.


  • Mulugeta Abate songwriter, arranger, lyricist
  • Gezahegne Abera Olympic medalist, athlete
  • Fisseha Adugna ambassador
  • Teddy Afro singer
  • Mahmoud Ahmed singer
  • Haddis Alemayehu novelist
  • Zeresenay Alemseged paleoanthropologist
  • Abebe Aregai former prime minister
  • Berhane Asfaw paleoanthropologist
  • Senait Ashenafi actress
  • Mulatu Astatke musician
  • Aster Aweke singer
  • Bahrey monk, historian, ethnographer
  • Argaw Bedaso singer
  • Bezunesh Bekele cross-country runner
  • Gelila Bekele activist
  • Kenenisa Bekele Olympic medalist , long-distance runner
  • Yosef Ben-Jochannan writer, historian
  • Tafari Benti Brigadier general, former head of state
  • Eyasu Berhe singer, writer, producer, poet
  • Taytu Betul former empress consort
  • Abebe Bikila Olympic medalist, marathon runner
  • Alexander Boghossian painter
D - E
  • Meseret Defar Olympic medalist, long-distance runner
  • Hailemariam Desalegn prime minister
  • Tamrat Desta singer
  • Ejegayehu Dibaba Olympic medalist, long-distance runner
  • Tirunesh Dibaba Olympic medalist, long-distance runner
  • Tesfaye Dinka former acting prime minister
  • Tewolde Berhan Gebre Egziabher scientist
  • Kitaw Ejigu scientist
  • Makonnen Endelkachew former prime minister
  • Alemayehu Eshete singer
  • Sebhat Gebre-Egziabher writer
  • Yohannes Gebregeorgis founder of Ethiopia Reads
  • Eleni Zaude Gebre-Madhin economist
  • Tsegaye Gebre-Medhin poet, playwright, essayist, art director
  • Haile Gebrselassie Olympic medalist, long-distance runner
  • Haile Gerima filmmaker
  • Tilahun Gessesse singer
  • Negasso Gidada former president
  • Gigi singer
  • Fitawrari Habte Giyorgis politician
H - J
  • Aklilu Habte-Wold former prime minister
  • Sossina M. Haile scientist
  • Gebrel Hanna dabtara (lay person of religious learning)
  • Youssouf Hersi footballer
  • Walda Heywat philosopher
  • Mikael Imru former prime minister
  • Ephraim Isaac scholar
  • Afevork Ghevre Jesus writer
K - L
  • Moges Kebede author, essayist, editor
  • Kenna musician
  • Tesfaye Gebre Kidan general, politician
  • Werknesh Kidane Olympic medalist, long-distance runner
  • Wosene Worke Kosrof painter
  • Tamirat Layne former acting prime minister
  • Aklilu Lemma physician, scientist


  • Endelkachew Makonnen former prime minister
  • Tafari Makonnen politician
  • Julie Mehretu painter
  • Zelalem Mekuria songwriter, lyricist, record producer
  • Menelik I former emperor
  • Menelik II former emperor
  • Dinaw Mengestu novelist, writer
  • Seyoum Mesfin politician, diplomat
  • Birtukan Mideksa politician, judge
  • LoLa Monroe actress
  • Aida Muluneh photographer, artist
N - S
  • Berhanu Nega economic professor
  • Eskinder Nega journalist
  • Arkebe Oqubay politician
  • Queen of Sheba Queen regent
  • Marcus Samuelsson chef
  • Haile Selassie I former emperor
  • Imru Haile Selassie former prime minister
  • Heruy Welde Sellase politician, writer
  • Amda Seyon I former emperor
  • Hailu Shawul engineer
  • Lencho Skibba footballer
T - V
  • Alebachew Teka comedian
  • Afewerk Tekle painter
  • Abiye Teklemariam journalist
  • Theodros Teshome filmmaker
  • Ydnekatchew Tessema footballer
  • Tewodros II former emperor
  • Demese Tsege author, journalist
  • Derartu Tulu Olympic medalist, long-distance runner
  • Wolde Tzaddick politician
  • Luciano Vassalo footballer
  • Wayna singer
  • Alemayahu Fentaw Weldemariam intellectual
  • Fikre Selassie Wogderess former prime minister
  • Mamo Wolde Olympic medalist, long-distance runner
  • Million Wolde Olympic medalist, athlete
  • Girma Wolde-Giorgis president
  • Mesfin Woldemariam activist, philosopher
  • Asrat Woldeyes surgeon, professor
  • Legesse Wolde-Yohannes scientist
  • Asnaketch Worku singer
  • Mengistu Worku footballer
Y - Z
  • Zara Yacob philosopher, former emperor
  • Saint Yared composer
  • Dawit Yifru keyboardist, music arranger
  • Miruts Yifter Olympic medalist, athlete
  • Hailu Yimenu former acting prime minister
  • Yohannes IV former emperor
  • Meles Zenawi former prime minister

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This page was last updated on July 10, 2020.

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