50 Famous People from Africa

Can you name 50 famous people from Africa?
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Egyptian actor who appeared in films Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago
Omar Sharif
Algerian actress who played in Kingsman: The Secret Service and Star Trek Beyond
Sofia Boutella
Cameroonian footballer who at age of 38 scored 4 goals at the 1990 FIFA World Cup
Roger Milla
Politician who led the transformation of Congo from a colony into an independent republic
Patrice Lumumba
Congolese basketball player who has become well known for his humanitarian work
Dikembe Mutombo
Egyptian diplomat who was the 6th Secretary-General of the UN from 1992 to 1996
Boutros Boutros-Ghali
Cameroonian professional basketball player and NBA All Star
Joel Embiid
Egyptian who served as the 2nd President of Egypt from 1954 until his death in 1970
Gamal Abdel Nasser
Last active ruler of the Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt
Egyptian footballer, considered one of the best players in the world
Mohamed Salah
Cape Verdean singer-songwriter nicknamed the "Barefoot Diva"
Cesaria Evora
Egyptian politician who stepped down during the Egyptian Revolution of 2011
Hosni Mubarak
Emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974
Haile Selassie
Ghanaian diplomat who was the 7th Secretary-General of the UN from 1997 to 2006
Kofi Annan
Ancient Egyptian pharaoh whose nearly intact tomb was discovered in 1922
Guinean vocalist best known internationally for his 1987 hit song "Yeke Yeke"
Mory Kante
Kenyan actress who won the Academy Award for movie 12 Years a Slave
Lupita Nyong'o
President of Liberia since 2018 and FIFA World Player of the Year in 1995
George Weah
Libyan revolutionary who was captured and killed in 2011
Muammar Gaddafi
Muslim Berber-Moroccan explorer who widely travelled the Asia, Africa and Europe
Ibn Battuta
Nicknamed "the Dream", one of the greatest basketball players of all time
Hakeem Olajuwon
Nigerian recording artist most famous for his worldwide 1992 hit "It's My Life"
Dr Alban
Actress who won Oscar for her portrayal of serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster
Charlize Theron
South African anti-apartheid revolutionary who served as President of South Africa
Nelson Mandela
South African model who became a Victoria's Secret Angel in 2010
Candice Swanepoel
South African business magnate, engineer and the founder of SpaceX
Elon Musk
South African paralympic sprinter who was convicted of murder in 2015
Oscar Pistorius
Tunisian leader and statesman who led the nation to independence from France
Habib Bourguiba
President of Uganda from 1971 to 1979, one of the most brutal despots in world history
Idi Amin
Zimbabwean Prime Minister and President from 1980 to 2017
Robert Mugabe
First female ruler of ancient Egypt to reign as a male with the full authority of pharaoh
Queen of the 18th Dynasty of Ancient Egypt, the Great Royal Wife of Pharaoh Akhenaten
Algerian politician who served as President of Algeria for almost 20 years
Abdelaziz Bouteflika
Politician who led Kenya in the transformation from a British colony into an independent republic
Jomo Kenyatta
Beninese actor who played in Amistad, Gladiator, In America and Blood Diamond
Djimon Hounsou
Ethiopian long-distance runner, Olympic and World champion over 10,000 metres
Haile Gebrselassie
Ghanaian revolutionary, the first Prime Minister and President of Ghana
Kwame Nkrumah
Egyptian President from 1970 until his assassination in 1981
Anwar Sadat
King of the Zulu Kingdom from 1816 to 1828
Cameroonian footballer who was four times the African Player of the Year
Samuel Eto'o
Female Zimbabwean politician and former Olympic swimmer
Kirsty Coventry
Sudanese basketball player, the tallest in the history of the NBA
Manute Bol
South African sprinter who is the current world and Olympic record holder in the 400 m
Wayde Van Niekerk
Tunisian female tennis player, the highest-ranked African and Arab player in history
Ons Jabeur
Noble Prize winner and religious leader who has fought against apartheid
Desmond Tutu
South African comedian and the host of The Daily Show
Trevor Noah
Zimbabwean actress who starred in the series The Walking Dead
Danai Gurira
King of Morocco since 1999
Mohammed VI
Mansa of the Mali Empire, sometimes called the wealthiest person in history
Mansa Musa
Captain of the Ivory Coast national team and one of Chelsea's greatest players
Didier Drogba
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