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Famous Mauritanians

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Mauritania's Information

Flag of Mauritania
Land Area 1,030,700 km2
Water Area 0 km2
Total Area 1,030,700 km2
Population 3,677,293
Population Density 3.57 / km2
Government Type Presidential Republic
GDP (PPP) $16.71 Billion
GDP Per Capita $4,400
Currency Ouguiya (MRO)
Largest Cities
  • Nouakchott (661,400)
  • Nouadhibou (72,337)
  • Nema (60,000)
  • Kaedi (55,374)
  • Rosso (48,922)
  • Kiffa (40,281)
  • Zouerat (38,000)
  • Atar (24,021)
  • Tekane (22,041)
  • Selibabi (18,424)
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.


  • Dimi Mint Abba musician
  • Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi former president
  • Dah Ould Abdi diplomat, politician
  • Ahmad ibn al-Amin al-Shinqiti author
  • Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz president
  • Adama Ba footballer
  • Sid Ahmed Ould Bneijara former prime minister
  • Sidi Mohamed Ould Boubacar former prime minister, ambassador
  • Ahmed Ould Bouceif military leader, former prime minister
  • Messaoud Ould Boulkheir politician
C - D
  • Ahmed Ould Daddah economist, politician
  • Moktar Ould Daddah former president
  • Moussa Diagana writer
  • Drissa Diallo footballer
  • Thiam Diombar politician
E - G
  • Moussa Ould Ebnou novelist
  • Aicha Fall runner
  • Abdoulaye Sileye Gaye footballer
  • Birama Gaye football manager
  • Tene Youssouf Gueye writer
  • Diallo Guidileye footballer
  • Mohamed Lemine Ould Guig former prime minister
  • Mohamed Khouna Ould Haidalla army officer, former prime minister
  • Saleh Ould Hanenna army soldier, politician
  • Mohamed Salem Ould Harouna football coach
  • Mintata Mint Hedeid politician
  • Abdallahi Hassen Ben Hmeida diplomat, politician
  • Zeidane Ould Hmeida politician
  • Mohamed Abid "Med" Hondo film director, producer, screenwriter
I - L
  • Tijani Ould Kerim teacher, diplomat
  • Cheikh El Avia Ould Mohamed Khouna former prime minister
  • Moulaye Ould Mohamed Laghdaf prime minister
  • Mohamed Mahmoud Ould Mohamed Lemine politician
  • Mohamed Saleck Ould Mohamed Lemine diplomat, politician
  • Mahfoud Ould Lemrabott jurist
  • Mohamed Mahmoud Ould Louly former president
  • Mohamed Ould Maaouya politician
  • Ba Mamadou dit Mbare politician
  • Sghair Ould M'Bareck former prime minister
  • Ahmed Baba Miske writer, diplomat, politician
  • Jidou El Moctar runner
  • Souleyman Chebal Moctar track athlete
  • Boulah Ould Mogueye ambassador
  • Mohamed Ali Ould Sidi Mohamed politician
  • Mohamed Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou scholar, politician

O - R

  • Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah diplomat, politician
  • Ibn Razqa poet, scholar
  • Mustafa Ould Salek former president
  • Moustapha Sall football coach
  • Ibrahima Moctar Sarr journalist, politician
  • Ahmed Ould Sid'Ahmed diplomat, politician
  • Abderrahmane Sissako film director, producer
  • Anziza Salema singer
  • Bruce Samazan actor
  • Samoela singer, songwriter
  • Mama Sana singer, songwriter, musician
  • Jo Schlesser race car driver
  • Senge music group
  • Claude Simon novelist, Nobel laureate
  • Madagascar Slim guitarist
  • Jean de Dieu Soloniaina boxer
  • Josiane Soloniaina wrestler
  • Albert Sylla physician, politician
  • Jacques Sylla former prime minister
  • Hmeida Ould Ahmed Taleb politician
  • Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya former president
  • Dahmed Ould Teguedi footballer
  • Khalid Oumar Timbo footballer
  • Mohamed Ould Tolba politician
  • Doudou Toure footballer
U - Z
  • Ely Ould Mohamed Vall military leader, politician
  • Yahya Ould Ahmed El Waghef former prime minister
  • Zeine Ould Zeidane former prime minister, economist

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