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Famous people from Angola

Here is a list of famous people from Angola. Curious if anybody from Angola made it our most famous people in the world list? Read the aformentioned article in order to find out.

Jonas Savimbi

Politician

Jonas Malheiro Savimbi was an Angolan political and military leader. He founded and led UNITA, a movement that first waged a guerrilla war against Portuguese colonial rule, 1966–1974, then confronted the rival MPLA during the decolonization conflict, 1974–75, and after independence in 1975 fought the ruling MPLA in the Angolan Civil War until his death in a clash with government troops in 2002.

Manucho

Soccer Midfielder

Mateus Alberto Contreiras Gonçalves, better known as Manucho, is an Angolan footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Valladolid. He moved from Petro Atletico to Manchester United in January 2008. Before playing a game for United, however, he was loaned out to Greek side Panathinaikos for the remainder of the 2007–08 season, due to issues with obtaining a UK work permit. Manucho received a work permit soon after returning to Manchester United for pre-season training in July 2008, and made his debut for the club in the League Cup against Middlesbrough on 23 September 2008. Short of first team opportunities at Old Trafford, however, on 16 January 2009 he joined Hull City on loan until the end of the 2008–09 season. Having failed to break into the Manchester United first team, Manucho joined Real Valladolid in July 2009. He is also a member of the Angolan national team.

José Eduardo dos Santos

Politician

José Eduardo dos Santos is an Angolan politician who has been President of Angola since 1979. As President, José Eduardo dos Santos is also the commander in chief of the Angolan Armed Forces and president of the People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola, the party that has ruled Angola since it gained independence in 1975.

Rio Mavuba

Soccer

Rio Antonio Zoba Mavuba is a footballer for Lille and France.

Leila Lopes

Woman

Leila Luliana da Costa Vieira Lopes is an Angolan beauty queen who won the titles of Miss Angola UK 2010, Miss Angola 2010 and Miss Universe 2011.

Bonga

Singer-songwriter

Bonga Kwenda, better known as Bonga, is a folk and semba singer and songwriter from Angola.

Agostinho Neto

Politician

António Agostinho Neto served as the first President of Angola, after having led the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola in the war for independence. Until his death, he lead the MPLA in the civil war. His birthday is celebrated as National Heroes Day, a public holiday in Angola.

Nando Rafael

Soccer

Nando Rafael is an Angolan-German football striker who plays for Henan Jianye.

Joaquim Gomes

Basketball Center

Joaquim Brandão Gomes, aka "Kikas", is an Angolan professional basketball player. He has played professionally in Germany and the Netherlands. A 2 m in height, 100 kg in weight center-power forward, Gomes was a stand out at Valparaiso University in Indiana, United States, where he played from 2000–04. He had a career-high 23 points in the final of the Mid-Continent Conference tournament in the Crusaders' 75–70 win over IUPUI on March 9, 2004. In 2005 he won the German basketball cup with RheinEnergie Köln. He also played for his country's national team in the 2004 Summer Olympics, 2006 FIBA World Championship, FIBA Africa Championship 2007. He is currently playing for Primeiro de Agosto at the Angolan major basketball league BAI Basket.

Luis Pedro Cavanda

Soccer Midfielder

Luis Pedro Cavanda is an Angolan-born Belgian footballer who plays as a right back for S.S. Lazio.

Flávio Amado

Soccer

Flávio da Silva Amado, better known as Flávio, is an Angolan football forward who most recently played for Petro Atletico in Angola. He is a member of the national team, and was called up to the 2006 World Cup, in which he scored Angola's only goal of the tournament, with a header against Iran to clinch a 1–1 draw. He scored 3 goals for Angola in African Cup of Nations Egypt 2006, although they went out from the second round. His goals were against Cameroon and Togo. He helped his team Al-Ahly to participate in the FIFA Club World Championship two successive times in 2005 and 2006. In FIFA Club World Championship 2006 opening match against Auckland City FC of New Zealand, 10 Dec 2006, Flavio scored the first goal with an accurate shot, giving Al-Ahly a 2–0 win. In semi-final, Al-Ahly faced South American champions Internacional on 13 Dec 2006, and Flavio played a decent game, scoring the draw goal with a great header in the second half. However, Al-Ahly eventually lost the match 1–2. After having a very unsuccessful first season with the team during which he scored only one goal in the league, and being jeered by fans at many times, most notably when he missed a penalty kick against rivals El Zamalek in the African Champions League, Flavio had a very successful second season in 2006–2007, seeing him top the goalscorers chart of the Egyptian Premier League with 17 goals, a single goal ahead of international Egyptian teammate Emad Moteab. He proved to be instrumental in Al-Ahly's formation in the next years, scoring many vital goals in critical moments. Generally Flavio keeps an extremely low profile and rarely appears in the media or give any press statements. Such attitude is highly appreciated by his club administration, since it agrees with the club's policies.

Kali

Soccer Defender

Carlos Manuel Gonçalves Alonso, better known as Kali is an Angolan footballer, who currently plays for Clube Desportivo Primeiro de Agosto.

Akwá

Soccer

Fabrice Alcebiades Maieco, commonly known as Akwá, is an Angolan former football player who played as a forward for the Angolan national team. From his international debut in 1995, Akwá represented Angola 80 times, scoring a record 36 goals. He played for them in three Africa Cup of Nations and captained the side at the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Akwá has a brother, Rasca, who is a professional football player for Atlético Sport Aviação in Angola.

Jamba

Soccer Defender

João Pereira, is an Angolan footballer, who currently plays for AS Aviacao.

Djalma Campos

Soccer Midfielder

Djalma Braume Manuel Abel Campos, simply known as Djalma, is an Angolan footballer who plays for Konyaspor on loan from F.C. Porto in Portugal, as a forward. Djalma played most of his career in Portugal, starting with Marítimo with which he remained several seasons. In 2011 he signed with Porto.

Mantorras

Soccer

Pedro Manuel Torres, aka Mantorras, is an Angolan retired footballer who played as a striker. His nickname derives from the fact that, as a child, he suffered slight accidental burns, being then known as "Mantorras", from the Angolan expression "Mano Torras," which means "Toasted brother." His professional career, mainly spent with Benfica, was blighted by constant injury problems. Mantorras played for Angola in 29 internationals, representing the nation at two Africa Cup of Nations and the 2006 FIFA World Cup

Manly Wade Wellman

Novelist

Manly Wade Wellman was an American writer. While his science fiction and fantasy stories appeared in such pulps as Astounding Stories, Startling Stories, Unknown and Strange Stories, he is best remembered as one of the most popular contributors to the legendary Weird Tales, and for his fantasy and horror stories set in the Appalachian Mountains, which draw on the native folklore of that region. Wellman also wrote in a wide variety of other genres, including historical fiction, detective fiction, western fiction, juvenile fiction, and non-fiction. Karl Edward Wagner referred to him as "the dean of fantasy writers". Wellman was a long-time resident of North Carolina. He received many awards, including the World Fantasy Award and Edgar Allan Poe Award. Three of Wellman's most famous reappearing protagonists are Silver John, aka John the Balladeer, the wandering backwoods minstrel with a silver-stringed guitar; the elderly 'occult detective' Judge Pursuivant; and John Thunstone, also an occult investigator.

Mateus Galiano da Costa

Soccer

Mateus Galiano da Costa, simply known as Mateus, is an Angolan professional footballer who plays for C.D. Nacional in the Portuguese first division, as a forward.

Locó

Soccer Defender

Manuel Armindo Morais Cange, commonly known as Locó, is an Angolam footballer who plays as a right back for Petro Atlético in Girabola. He's noticeable during matches due to his unique hairstyle.

António Lebo Lebo

Soccer Defender

Antônio Lebo Lebo is an Angolan footballer, who currently, plays for Petro Atlético.

Pedro Emanuel

Soccer

Pedro Emanuel dos Santos Martins Silva, known as Pedro Emanuel, is a Portuguese retired footballer who played mainly as a central defender, and a current coach. In his 16-year professional career he was closely associated with the two biggest teams in Porto, Boavista – he helped it win its first and only first division title in 2001 – and F.C. Porto, being awarded team captaincy in both at one point. Over the course of 12 seasons Pedro Emanuel amassed Primeira Liga totals of 268 games and two goals, winning 14 major titles between both his main clubs combined. He subsequently became a manager.

Francisco Santos

Olympic athlete

Francisco José Ribeiro Lopes dos Santos, known mainly as Francisco Santos is an Angolan/Portuguese multi-talent artist with many names and faces. As Francisco Lopes Santos he is likely to be known as a swimmer. Art enthusiasts may know him as the visual artist Xesko, lovers of poetry as Elias Karipande, fantasy and science fiction fans as Alan J. Banta. As a writer, published in English and Portuguese. As a sportsman represented Angola in swimming at the 1980 Summer Olympics. He also represented his country in other international games, including the Algiers 1978 All-Africa Games, the Moscow 1979 Seventh USSR Summer Spartakiade and the Mexico 1979 Summer Universiade.

Fernando Peyroteo

Soccer

Fernando Baptista de Seixas Peyroteo de Vasconcelos was a Portuguese footballer who played as a striker. He played his entire career with Sporting, scoring 544 goals all games comprised, winning eleven major titles and being crowned his country's top division scorer on six occasions.

Pepetela

Author

Artur Carlos Maurício Pestana dos Santos is a major Angolan writer of fiction. He writes under the name Pepetela. A white Angolan, Pepetela was born in Benguela, Portuguese Angola, and fought as a member of the MPLA in the long guerrilla war for Angola's independence. Much of his writing deals with Angola's political history in the 20th century. Mayombe, for example, is a novel that portrays the lives of a group of MPLA guerrillas who are involved in the anti-colonial struggle in Cabinda, Yaka follows the lives of members of a white settler family in the coastal town of Benguela, and A Geração da Utopia reveals the disillusionment of young Angolans during the post-independence period. Pepetela has also written about Angola's earlier history in A Gloriosa Família and Lueji, and has expanded into satire with his series of Jaime Bunda novels. His most recent works include Predadores, a scathing critique of Angola's ruling classes, O Quase Fim do Mundo, a post-apocalyptic allegory, and O Planalto e a Estepe, a look at Angola's history and connections with other former communist nations. Pepetela won the Camões Prize, the world's highest honour for Lusophone literature, in 1997. Pepetela is a Kimbundu word that means "eyelash," translation of his surname, "pestana" in Portuguese. The author received this nom de guerre during his time as an MPLA combatant.

Madjer

Football player

João Victor Saraiva, better known as Madjer, is a Portuguese beach soccer player. He plays in forward position, and has won numerous awards at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cups for his goalscoring abilities. He taken the nickname Madjer because his idol is the former Algerian player Rabah Madjer.

Olímpio Cipriano

Basketball Player

Olímpio Cipriano is an Angolan professional basketball guard. A 6 ft 4 in guard, he has competed in various international competitions for the Angola national basketball team, including the 2004 Summer Olympics and the FIBA Africa Championship 2005. At the 2005 tournament, Cipriano led the Angolans to defeat Senegal to capture first place for the 4th championship in a row. Cipriano was also MVP of the tournament. He was also a member of the Angola squad at the 2006 FIBA World Championship, where he averaged 13.8 points per game, including a high of 33 in a losing effort against Germany. He is currently playing for Recreativo do Libolo at the Angolan major basketball league BAI Basket.

José Luís Vidigal

Soccer Midfielder

José Luís da Cruz Vidigal is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a defensive midfielder. During his extensive professional career, the no-nonsense midfield battler played more years abroad than in his country of adoption, where he represented mainly Sporting. A Portuguese international for two years, Vidigal appeared with the national team at Euro 2000, helping it to the third place.

Anthony Johnson

Man

Anthony Johnson was an Angolan who achieved freedom and became a property owner and slaveholder in the Colony of Virginia in the early 17th century. Held as an indentured servant in 1621, he earned his freedom after several years, which was accompanied by a grant of land. He later became a successful tobacco farmer. Notably, he is recognized for attaining great wealth after having been an indentured servant and for being one of the first legally recognized black slaveowners in the English colonies.

Rui Jordão

Soccer Forward

Rui Manuel Trindade Jordão is a Portuguese retired footballer. One of the most prolific strikers in the history of Portuguese football, his career was mainly associated with two of the biggest clubs in the country, Benfica and Sporting, winning the Silver Ball award twice, once with each club. Jordão represented the Portuguese national team for 16 years, appearing with it at Euro 1984.

Rui Marques

Soccer Defender

Manuel Rui Marques is an Angolan football defender and first choice centre-back for the Angolan national side. Although born in Angola, Marques moved to Portugal as a child. Marques is currently unattached after being released by Leeds.

José Eduardo Agualusa

Man

He has also published, in collaboration with fellow journalist Fernando Semedo and photographer Elza Rocha, a work of investigative reporting on the African community of Lisbon, Lisboa Africana. His play Aquela Mulher was performed by Brazilian actress Marília Gabriela in São Paulo, Brazil, in 2008 and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2009. He co-wrote the play Chovem amores na Rua do Matador with Mozambican writer Mia Couto.

Carlos Castro

Journalist

Carlos Castro was a Portuguese television personality and journalist, who had worked in the media for over 35 years, mainly covering gossip items about musicians, actors and celebrities. He became well known after he had come out on television and participated in the Big Show SIC, presented by João Baião, in the 1990s. On January 7, 2011, he was found castrated and bludgeoned to death in a New York City hotel. The main suspect in his death was his boyfriend, a 21-year old male model, Renato Seabra, who had been a contestant on the Portuguese television modeling-themed reality show À Procura do Sonho. On January 10, 2011, Renato Seabra was charged with second-degree murder by the New York Police Department after confessing to the killing of Castro. He was sentenced to 25 years to life on December 21, 2012.

Sebastião Gilberto

Soccer Midfielder

Felisberto Sebastião de Graca Amaral, more commonly known as Gilberto, is an Angolan footballer. He was formerly playing for Egypt's Al-Ahly and then played for Belgian club Lierse S.K.. He suffered a knee injury that lasted about a year. He was the first choice left winger. He came from Angola team AS Luanda and is in the Angolan team. An Achilles tendon injury made him miss the 2006 African Cup of Nations and the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. He was part of the Angolan national team during the 2008 African Cup of Nations in Ghana. In the 2010 African Cup of Nations opening game against Mali on January 10 in Luanda Gilberto made assist for 1–0 lead to Flavio Amado in the first half. In the second half he scored from penalty-kick for Angola 3–0 lead and later in the game Seydou Keita penalised him for another penalty kick for Angola. Manucho scored for 4–0 but the match finished 4–4 after four consecutive goals for Mali in the last 15 minutes of the game.

Holden Roberto

Politician

Holden Álvaro Roberto founded and led the National Liberation Front of Angola from 1962 to 1999. His memoirs are unfinished.

Adérito Waldemar Alves Carvalho

Soccer Midfielder

Dédé Alves is an Angolan football player.

Francisco Zuela

Soccer Midfielder

Francisco Zuela is an Angolan footballer who plays for Apollon Smyrni in the Greek Superleague.

Love

Soccer

Arsénio Sebastião Cabúngula or Love is an Angolan footballer. He has been Angolan top scorer twice in 2004 and 2005. He plays as a forward for Petro Luanda in his home country. He has won 3 Girabola titles with Atlético Sport Aviação|ASA. He is a member of the Angola national team and plays regularly, though usually as a substitute. He was in his country's squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. 1º de Agosto striker Arsénio Sebastião Cabungula "Love" is the new reinforcement of Petro de Luanda football team, for the second round of national first division soccer league, also dubbed Girabola2010. The athlete was borrowed by 1º de Agosto to Petro de Luanda for a six-month period, with the contract ending on December 2010. He is currently playing for Kabuscorp

Titi Buengo

Soccer

André "Titi" Buengo is an Angolan football striker who last played for Tours.

João Ricardo

Soccer

João Ricardo Pereira Batalha dos Santos Ferreira, known as João Ricardo, is an Angolan retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

Marcelina Kiala

Handball Player

Marcelina Kiala is an Angolan women's handball player with the Angola women's national handball team. Kiala competed in the 2000 Summer Olympics and 2012 Summer Olympics, 2005 and 2007 World Women's Handball Championship. She is the sister of fellow Angolan women's handball player, Luisa Kiala.

Vata Matanu Garcia

Soccer Forward

Vata Matanu Garcia, simply known as Vata, is an Angolan retired footballer who played as a striker. He spent most of his professional career in Portugal.

Marco Airosa

Soccer Defender

Marco Ibraim de Sousa Airosa is an Angolan footballer who plays for AEL Limassol on loan from C.D. Nacional in Portugal, as a right defender.

Jay Silva

Man

Jay Silva is a Brazilian-Angolan mixed martial artist, who has competed for the UFC, Bellator, Tachi Palace Fights and more recently KSW. He currently competes in the Middleweight division.

Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos

Politician

Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos, known as Nandó, is an Angolan politician who was Vice President of Angola from February 2010 to September 2012. He was the Prime Minister of Angola from 2002 to 2008 and President of the National Assembly of Angola from 2008 to 2010. He has again served as President of the National Assembly since 2012.

Lito Vidigal

Soccer Defender

José Carlos Fernandes Vidigal, aka Lito, is an Angolan retired footballer who played as a defender, and the current coach of AEL Limassol.

Stélvio Rosa da Cruz

Soccer Midfielder

Stélvio Rosa da Cruz, simply Stélvio, is an Angolan professional footballer who plays for F91 Dudelange in the Luxembourg National Division, as a defensive midfielder.

Eduardo Mingas

Basketball Player

Eduardo Fernando Mingas is an Angolan professional basketball power forward. He stands 6 ft 6.75 in and weighs 107 kg and has represented the Angola national basketball team at the 2002 World Championship, 2004 Summer Olympics and the 2006 World Championships. He is currently playing for Interclube at the Angolan major basketball league BAI Basket.

Zé Kalanga

Soccer Midfielder

Paulo Batista Nsimba, nicknamed Zé Kalanga, is an Angolan football winger who plays for Onze Bravos.

Hélder Cristóvão

Soccer Defender

Hélder Marino Rodrigues Cristóvão, simply known as Hélder, is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a central defender, and the current coach of S.L. Benfica B.

Carlos Morais

Basketball Player

Carlos Edilson Alcântara Morais is an Angolan professional basketball player. A 193 cm / 91 kg shooting guard, Morais has represented Angola at FIBA Africa Championship 2005, 2006 FIBA World Championship, FIBA Africa Championship 2007 and the 2008 Summer Olympics. In 2004–05, Morais attended Community Christian School in Stockbridge, Georgia. On September 19, 2013, Morais signed a non-guaranteed contract with the Toronto Raptors. He was later waived by the Raptors on October 26.

Ricardo Job Estêvão

Soccer Midfielder

Ricardo Job Estêvão, better known as Job, is an Angolan football midfielder, who plays for Petro Atlético in the Girabola.

José Águas

Soccer

José Pinto de Carvalho Santos Águas was a Portuguese footballer who played as a striker. He enjoyed a lengthy professional spell with Benfica, never scoring less than 18 goals in 12 of his 13 first division seasons.

Jorge Alberto Mendonça

Soccer Forward

Jorge Alberto Mendonça Paulino, known as Mendonça, is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a striker. Having spent the vast majority of his career in Spain, he amassed La Liga totals of 205 games and 70 goals over the course of 12 seasons, almost all with Atlético Madrid, with which he won five major titles.

Freddy

Soccer

Frederico Castro Roque dos Santos, aka Freddy, is an Angolan footballer who plays mainly as a forward. He spent most of his professional career in Portugal and Cyprus.

Paulo Flores

Singer

Paulo Flores is a musician from Angola. Flores was born in Luanda and spent some of his childhood in Lisbon. His music is mostly written in Portuguese though some is in the Kimbundu language. His music is often political dealing with the hardships of Angolan life, the war, and corruption. His Angolan style of music is known as Semba. Some of his music was featured in the French film La Grande Ourse. In April 2007 he performed at the first Trienale de Luanda and on 4 July 2008 Paulo Flores performed at a concert at Coqueiros stadium with about 25.000 people. In late July/early August 2009 he performed at the opening Luanda International Jazz Festival. Paulo Flores is the peace ambassador of Luanda, so his tickets cannot exceed a limit of $5 per person in Luanda. Beginning on 28 February 2011 the airline TAP Portugal began airing its "TAP With Arms Wide Open" campaign, featuring its new slogan. Three singers, Flores, the Brazilian singer Roberta de Sá, and the Portuguese singer Mariza starred in a music video with the song "Arms Wide Open."

Waldemar Bastos

Singer

Waldemar dos Santos Alonso de Almeida Bastos is an Angolan musician who combines Afropop, Portuguese, and Brazilian influences.

Kadú

Soccer

Aldo Geraldo Manuel Monteiro, aka Kadú, is an Angolan footballer who plays for F.C. Porto in Portugal, as a goalkeeper.

Nuno Mindelis

Guitarist

Nuno Mindelis, nicknamed "The Beast from Brazil", is an Angolan-born Brazilian blues guitarist and singer-songwriter. Most of his recorded work has been sung in English; however, he recorded his 2006 album Outros Nunos in Portuguese, his native language. He has recorded two albums with the band Double Trouble. Mindelis counts Otis Redding and Johnny Winter among his musical influences.

Luís Pedro

Soccer

Luís Pedro is a Dutch professional footballer who plays as a striker for Botev Plovdiv in the Bulgarian A Professional Football Group.

Hermenegildo da Costa Paulo Bartolomeu

Soccer Midfielder

Geraldo is an Angolan football player.

Ondjaki

Author

Ndalu de Almeida is a writer from Angola, writing under the pen name Ondjaki. He lives in Luanda, the capital of the country, and has written poetry, children's books, short stories, novels, drama and film scripts. Ondjaki studied sociology at the University of Lisbon, and wrote his graduation paper about Angolan writer Luandino Vieira. His literary debut came in 2000 with the poetry book Actu Sanguíneu, which was followed up with the childhood memoir Bom dia camaradas in 2001. To date he has published four novels, three collections of short stories, four collections of poetry and three children's books. His books have been translated to French, Spanish, Italian, German, Serbian, English, Polish and Swedish.

Pedro Kamata

Soccer Midfielder

Pedro Kamata is an Angola born Congolese-French footballer.

Carlos Almeida

Basketball Player

Carlos Domingues Bendinha de Almeida is an Angolan professional basketball shooting guard and a member of the Angola national basketball team. He is 6 ft 4 in in height and 91 kg in weight. Almeida played for Angola at the 2000 and the 2004 Summer Olympics, the 2002 and 2006 basketball world championship as well as the 2005, 2007 Africa championships and 2009 Africa championship. In addition to playing basketball, he has been serving a second term as a member of the Angolan parliament, representing the ruling party, MPLA. At club level, he plays for Primeiro de Agosto at the Angolan major basketball league BAI Basket. Carlos Almeida, Jean-Jacques ds Conceição and Ângelo Victoriano are the only three players to have won seven African titles.

Guilherme Afonso

Soccer Forward

Guilherme Afonso is a professional footballer who plays as a striker for Primeiro de Agosto. He has dual Angolan-Swiss nationality.

Edgar Pacheco

Soccer

Edgar Patrício de Carvalho Pacheco, simply Edgar, is a retired Angolan-Portuguese footballer who played as a forward. After making his professional debuts with Benfica at the age of 18, he appeared irregularly for the club, and spent most of his later career in Spain, almost exclusively in representation of Málaga.

Manuel Vicente

Politician

Manuel Domingos Vicente is an Angolan politician who has been Vice President of Angola since September 2012. Previously he was chief executive officer of Sonangol, Angola's state oil company, from 1999 to 2012, and he briefly served in the government as Minister of State for Economic Coordination in 2012.

José Quitongo

Soccer Midfielder

José Manuel Quitongo is a retired Angolan footballer who played as a winger. He spent the majority of his playing career in Scotland, where he made 61 appearances in the Scottish Premier League for Heart of Midlothian, St. Mirren and Kilmarnock, scoring five goals. Known as a journeyman due to the number of clubs he has represented, Quitongo featured prominently for Hamilton Academical in three separate stints with the side. In five seasons with Hamilton, he scored 15 goals in 95 Scottish Football League appearances. Having left Angola when he was ten-years-old, Quitongo also went on to play in Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Sweden, England, the United Arab Emirates and Italy.

Paulo Figueiredo

Soccer Midfielder

Paulo José Lopes de Figueiredo is an Angolan retired footballer who played as a central midfielder. He spent the bulk of his 17-year professional career with Santa Clara, amassing Portuguese top division totals of 97 games and eight goals over the course of three seasons.

Miguel Lutonda

Basketball Player

Miguel Pontes Timóteo Lutonda, 186 cm/´6'1", 78 kg/72 lbs, is a retired Angolan professional basketball point guard. For two consecutive years: 2001 and 2002, he received the Angola Sportsman of the Year Award. He is a two-time FIBA Africa Championship MVP, having won such title in 2001 and 2003. He was also voted MVP at the 2003 BAI Basket. On October 17, 2012, Lutonda played his last official match for Primeiro de Agosto, in a game against Recreativo do Libolo for the Victorino Cunha Cup. At the end of the game, his 14 jersey was retired by Primeiro de Agosto.

Paulo Madeira

Soccer Defender

Paulo Sérgio Braga Madeira is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a central defender.

Paulo Kassoma

Politician

António Paulo Kassoma is an Angolan politician. He was named Prime Minister of Angola in September 2008 and remained in office until the new constitution replaced this function in February 2010. Kassoma then served as President of the National Assembly of Angola from 2010 to 2012.

Christo Bilukidi

American Football Defensive tackle

Christo Bilukidi is an Angolan-Canadian defensive tackle in American football who is a free agent in the National Football League. He played collegiate football for the Georgia State Panthers where he was a two-year starter, after attending Eastern Arizona College. On April 28, 2012, Bilukidi became the first former Georgia State football player to be drafted into the NFL when he was chosen by the Oakland Raiders as the 189th pick overall in the 6th round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He was also drafted 21st overall in the 3rd round of the 2012 CFL Draft by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Bilukidi was released by the Raiders on October 23, 2013.

José Baptista Pinheiro de Azevedo

Military officer

Admiral José Baptista Pinheiro de Azevedo, GCL was a Portuguese political figure, reformer and revolutionary. He helped overthrow Marcelo Caetano in 1974. He served as the 105th prime minister of Portugal between 19 September 1975 and 23 June 1976. He ran for president in 1976, and lost. He was one of two high-ranking military officers accused by Oswald LeWinter of trafficking in weapons which led to the death of Francisco de Sá Carneiro and Adelino Amaro da Costa.

Mário Pinto de Andrade

Politician

Mário Coelho Pinto de Andrade was an Angolan poet and politician. He was born in Golungo Alto, in Portuguese Angola, and studied philology at the University of Lisbon and sociology at the Sorbonne in Paris. While there, he became active in opposing Portuguese colonial rule of Angola, and wrote anti-colonial poetry. In 1955 he took part in the founding of the Angolan Communist Party. In 1956 he was a founding member of the People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola and was elected its first President in 1960. His brother, Joaquim Pinto de Andrade, was made the MPLA's first honorary President. He married Guadalopean filmmaker Sarah Maldoror and worked with her on the 1972 film about the Angolan liberation movement Sambizanga. He clashed with his successor, Agostinho Neto, and in 1974 split with the MPLA, founding a new group called Revolta Activa. Angola became independent on November 11, 1975, but Andrade continued to live in exile in Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde and Mozambique. He died in London. His publications included the anthologies Letteratura Negra and La Poésie Africaine d'Espression Portugaise.

Lady May

African popular Artist

Lady May is a Namibian singer. She came to fame in 2004 with the release of her first album Kamali which won her her first award at the Sanlam-NBC Music Awards. Namundjebo is one of the most popular female singers in Namibia. Her music is also recognized beyond the Namibian border and she has been nominated and won several awards at the Channel O Music Video Awards. Lady May's music is a mixture of Oshiwambo traditional music and western pop. Most of her music is categorized under the Afro pop and house genre. Her early styles were a combination of R&B and hip hop. She is signed to a South African record label, Big Ear Records. Lady May was Namibia's celebrity housemate for the seventh season of Big Brother Africa, where she came out as runner-up.

Marcolino Moco

Politician

Marcolino Moco was the Prime Minister of Angola from December 2, 1992 until June 3, 1996. Moco was fired from his role by President José Eduardo dos Santos. Santos removed the entire cabinet alongside the Governor of the central bank in a bid to be seen as decisive. Moco was a member of the People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola, the party of the President, which had been the ruling party until 1991, shortly before Moco became Prime Minister. In July 1996, Moco became the first Executive Secretary of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries, a new international organization which Portugal and most of its former colonies, including Angola, joined. Moco's term as Executive Secretary ended in 2000.

Gonçalo M. Tavares

Author

Gonçalo Manuel Tavares, a Portuguese writer born in August, 1970 in Luanda, Angola. He published his first work in 2001 and since then has been awarded several important prizes. His books have been published in more than 30 countries and the book Jerusalem has been included in the European edition of 1001 books to read before you die - a guide of the most important novels of all times.

Luís Manuel Ferreira Delgado

Soccer Defender

Luís Manuel Ferreira Delgado, better known as Delgado, is an Angolan football left defender.

Evandro Brandão

Soccer

Evandro Elmer de Carvalho Brandão is an Angola-born Portuguese footballer who plays as a striker for Tondela.

Édson Nobre

Soccer Midfielder

Édson de Jesus Nobre, known as simply Édson, is an Angolan footballer who plays mainly as a winger. He spent most of his professional career in Portugal, mainly with Paços de Ferreira, with which he appeared in the 2008–09 UEFA Cup. Édson represented Angola at the 2006 World Cup.

José Pierre Vunguidica

Soccer Midfielder

José Pierre Vunguidica is an Angolan footballer who plays in Germany for SV Wehen Wiesbaden. In November 2010, he made his debut for the first-team of Bundesliga side Köln as a substitute in a 4–0 defeat against Borussia Mönchengladbach. In January 2011, he was loaned out to Kickers Offenbach. Vunguidica moved to 3. Fußball-Bundesliga club Wehen Wiesbaden on a free transfer in July 2012.

Isaías Samakuva

Politician

Isaías Henrique Ngola Samakuva is an Angolan politician who has been the President of the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola since 2003. Born in Kunji, Bié Province, Samakuva joined UNITA in 1974. He was an official UNITA ambassador in Europe from 1989 to 1994 and again from 1998 to 2002. After UNITA leader Jonas Savimbi and his immediate successor António Dembo died from injuries sustained in a February 2002 firefight with Angolan government troops, Samakuva was elected as President of UNITA, which had transformed itself into a peaceful opposition party, in 2003. Samakuva was the first candidate on UNITA's national list in the September 2008 parliamentary election. He was elected to a seat in the National Assembly in that election, but UNITA performed poorly, winning only 16 out of 220 seats. Despite the party's objections to problems in the electoral process, Samakuva announced on September 8, 2008 that UNITA accepted the election results. The UNITA Permanent Committee subsequently met to consider the outcome of the election and Samakuva's leadership, and on September 19, 2008, it said in a statement that it "reaffirm[ed] its confidence" in Samakuva, blaming the party's poor showing primarily on abuses by the governing Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola.

Cristina Branco

Professional Team Handball Player

Cristina Direito is an Angolan 2012 Olympic athlete.

Alberto de Carvalho

Coach

Alberto de Carvalho, nicknamed Ginguba, is an Angolan-Portuguese coach. He is a former coach of the Angola national basketball team. Before moving to Angola where he won two straight national championships with Petro Atlético in 2006 and 2007, he coached Lusitânia of Portugal. In 2006, he was chosen to replace Mário Palma as the Angola coach for the 2006 FIBA World Championship finals. He won the 2007 FIBA Africa Championship and was his country coach for the 2008 Olympic Games tournament in Beijing.

Paula Teixeira da Cruz

Politician

Paula Maria von Hafe Teixeira da Cruz is a Portuguese lawyer and politician. She has served since June 21, 2011, as Minister of Justice in the government led by Pedro Passos Coelho.

Rui Pataca

Football player

Rui Carlos Jorge Pataca is a Portuguese retired football who played as a striker, and a current manager.

Yamba Asha

Soccer Defender

Yamba Asha João is an Angolan footballer. He currently plays for Atlético Petróleos Luanda in Angola.

Assunção Cristas

Politician

Maria da Assunção de Oliveira Cristas Machado da Graça is a Portuguese lawyer, professor and conservative politician of the Democratic and Social Centre - People's Party. As of 2011, she serves as Minister of Agriculture, Sea, Environment and Territorial Planning in the government led by Pedro Passos Coelho.

Rafael Marques

Journalist

Rafael Marques de Morais is an Angolan journalist and human rights activist who received several international awards for his reporting on conflict diamonds and government corruption. He currently heads the anti-corruption watchdog Maka Angola.

Luís Lourenço

Soccer Forward

Luís Carlos Lourenço da Silva, known as Lourenço, is a Portuguese footballer who plays for ASC Corona BraČ™ov in Liga I, as a forward.

Mário Hipólito

Soccer Goalkeeper

Mário Damião Hipólito is an Angolan football goalkeeper, who plays for Interclube in the Girabola.

José Pedro Alberto

Soccer Midfielder

José Pedro Alberto better known as Mabiná is an Angolan football midfielder. He currently plays for Atlético Petróleos Luanda.

Leonel Paulo

Basketball Player

Leonel Ditutala Paulo is an Angolan basketball player and a member of the Angola national basketball team. He competed for Angola at the 2008 Summer Olympics. He stands 6 ft 6 in. He is currently playing for Petro Atlético at the Angolan major basketball league BAI Basket.

André Macanga

Soccer Defender

André Venceslau Valentim Macanga, better known as André Macanga, is a part-time Angolan football midfielder.