List of Famous people born in Sudan
Abdel Fattah al-Burhan
Lt. Gen. Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman al-Burhan is a Sudanese politician and Sudanese Army general who is currently serving as Chairman of the Sovereignty Council of Sudan, the country's collective transitional head of state. Before assuming this role in August 2019, he was the de facto head of state of Sudan as Chairman of the Transitional Military Council after former Chairman Ahmed Awad Ibn Auf resigned and transferred control in April 2019.
Dua Saleh is a Sudanese-American recording artist, songwriter, poet, and actor based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Their debut EP Nūr was released in January 2019 by the Against Giants record label to critical acclaim, with their second, Rosetta, released in June the following year.
Bol Manute Bol is an American professional basketball player for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Oregon Ducks. A son of basketball player Manute Bol, Bol was born in Khartoum, Sudan, but began living in Kansas from a young age. In high school, Bol was considered one of the best players in the class of 2018, having been rated a consensus five-star recruit and earning McDonald's All-American honors. A center listed at 7 feet 2 inches (2.18 m), he is one of the tallest players in the NBA.
Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir is a Sudanese military officer politician who served as the seventh President of Sudan under various titles from 1989 to 2019, when he was deposed in a coup d'état. He was subsequently incarcerated, tried and convicted on multiple corruption charges. He came to power in 1989 when, as a brigadier general in the Sudanese Army, he led a group of officers in a military coup that ousted the democratically elected government of prime minister Sadiq al-Mahdi after it began negotiations with rebels in the south. He was elected three times as President in elections that have been under scrutiny for electoral fraud. In 1992, al-Bashir founded the National Congress Party, which remained the dominant political party in the country until 2019. In March 2009, al-Bashir became the first sitting president to be indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC), for allegedly directing a campaign of mass killing, rape, and pillage against civilians in Darfur. On 11 February 2020, the Sudanese government announced that it had agreed to hand over al-Bashir to the ICC for trial.
Almoez Ali Zainalabiddin Abdullah is a Sudanese-born naturalised Qatari professional footballer who plays for and captains the Qatar Stars League side Al-Duhail and Qatar as a forward. He is a member of the Qatar national team which helped the team to win the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. He holds the record of most goals scored in an Asian Cup, scoring nine in the 2019 edition.
Nagmeldin "Peter" Bol is an Australian middle-distance runner. He competed in the men's 800 metres at the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Wenyen Gabriel is a South Sudanese-American professional basketball player for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Kentucky Wildcats. Gabriel was a 5-star prospect who in 2016 was ranked number 14 on ESPN's Top 100.
Abdel Karim Al Kabli
Abdel Karim al Kabli, sometimes spelled el Kably or al Kably, is a Sudanese singer, poet, composer, songwriter and humanitarian known for his songs with themes of love, passion, nationalism, Sudanese culture and folklore.
Anusha Dandekar is an Indian-Australian MTV VJ, actress and singer, who is best known as a VJ and a host who has hosted several shows.
Major General Mohamed Bey Naguib Youssef Qutb El-Qashlan was an Egyptian politician and military figure who briefly served as the first President and Prime Minister of Egypt following the establishment of the Arab Republic of Egypt on 18 June 1953. He had served as personal guard to King Farouk I of Egypt and was a distinguished veteran of the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. After the war he became involved in the Free Officers Movement and, along with future president Gamal Abdel Nasser, lead the Egyptian Revolution of 1952 that deposed Farouk and ended the rule of the Muhammad Ali Dynasty in Egypt and Sudan.
Rashid Mahdi (1923–2008) was a Sudanese photographer, active in Khartoum from the 1950s to the 1970s. French photographer Claude Iverné, founder of a large archive of photographs dedicated to this "Golden Age" of photography in Sudan, called Mahdi "certainly the most sophisticated and one of the major African photographers of the 20th century."
Doyin Abiola Ishola
Majak Daw is an Australian rules footballer who last played for the North Melbourne Kangaroos in the Australian Football League (AFL). Daw and his family in Australia are refugees from the civil wars in Sudan. Daw became the first Sudanese Australian to be drafted to an AFL club when he was contracted to North Melbourne in the 2009 AFL Draft. Daw's drafting gained international attention; it was reported by the BBC and the Voice of America. He made his first appearance for North Melbourne in a NAB Cup match on 20 February 2011.
Hassan 'Abd Allah al Turabi was a Sudanese Islamist politician who was considered "the true architect" of 1989 coup that brought Omar Al-Bashir to power. He has been called "one of the most influential figures in modern Sudanese politics", and a "longtime hard-line ideological leader". He was instrumental in institutionalizing sharia in the northern part of the country and was frequently imprisoned in Sudan, but these "periods of detention" were "interspersed with periods of high political office".
Sadiq al-Mahdi, also known as Sadiq as-Siddiq, was a Sudanese political and religious figure who was Prime Minister of Sudan from 1966 to 1967 and again from 1986 to 1989. He was head of the National Umma Party and Imam of the Ansar, a Sufi order that pledges allegiance to Muhammad Ahmad (1844–1885), who claimed to be the Mahdi, the messianic saviour of Islam.
Marco Arop is a Canadian track and field athlete competing in the middle distance events. He competed for Mississippi State in the 2018 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field 800m in Eugene, Oregon, finishing in 2nd place. Arop currently holds a personal best of 1:43:26 in the 800m. He finished first in the 800 m 2019 Pan American Games setting a new Pan Am record. The previous record was 1:44.58, set by Cuba's Yeimer Lopez in Rio de Janeiro in 2007.
Dr Mohammed Helmy was an Egyptian doctor who saved several Jews from Nazi persecution in Berlin during the Holocaust. He has been recognized as Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem. He was the first Arab to be recognized as such.
Alaa Salah is a Sudanese student and anti-government protester. She gained world-wide media attention from a picture of her taken during the 2018/2019 Sudanese Revolution by Lana Haroun that went viral in April 2019. The image of Salah has been dubbed as "Woman in White" or "Lady Liberty" of Sudan. As a member of MANSAM, one of the main Sudanese women's networks who signed the 1 January 2019 Forces of Freedom and Change declaration, Salah gave a speech at the 29 October 2019 meeting of the United Nations Security Council, insisting that in the Sudanese transitionary institutions women should have equal representation to men.
Abdel Rahman Swar al-Dahab
Field marshal Abdel Rahman Suwar al-Dahab was the President of Sudan from 6 April 1985, to 6 May 1986.
Fatima Ahmed Ibrahim
Fatima Ahmed Ibrahim, was a Sudanese writer, women's rights activist and socialist leader.
Jaafar Muhammad an-Nimeiry was a Sudanese politician who served as the President of Sudan from 1969 to 1985.