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Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe Africa Sao Tome 190,428 inhabitants 964 sq km 197.54 inhabitants/sq km dobras (STD) population evolution

Famous people from Sao Tome and Principe

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

Nuno Espírito Santo


Nuno Herlander Simões Espírito Santo, known as simply Nuno, is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper. During his career he first made a name for himself in Spain, playing for three teams in five years. He later represented Porto in his country, albeit with little impact, and also played professionally in Russia. Nuno was part of the Portuguese squad at Euro 2008, but never won a cap for the national team.

Naide Gomes

Olympic athlete

Enezaide do Rosário da Vera Cruz Gomes, OIH, is a Portuguese heptathlete, born in São Tomé and Príncipe. She is also a top-class competitor in the long jump, and she competed in 100 metres hurdles at the 2000 Summer Olympics. She represents Sporting Clube de Portugal.

Luís Leal


Luís Leal dos Anjos, is a Santomean professional footballer who plays for G.D. Estoril Praia in Portugal, as a striker.

José de Almada Negreiros

Painting Artist

José Sobral de Almada Negreiros was a Portuguese artist. He was born in the colony of Portuguese São Tomé and Príncipe, the son of a Portuguese father, António Lobo de Almada Negreiros, and a Santomean mother, Elvira Freire Sobral. Besides literature and painting, Almada developed ballet choreographies, and worked on tapestry, engraving, murals, caricature, mosaic, azulejo and stained glass.

José Vianna da Motta


José Vianna da Motta was a distinguished Portuguese pianist, teacher, and composer. He was one of the last pupils of Franz Liszt. The José Vianna da Motta Music Competition was founded in 1957 in his honor.

Fradique de Menezes


Fradique Bandeira Melo de Menezes was the President of São Tomé and Príncipe from 2003 to 2011.

Gabriel Costa


Gabriel Arcanjo Ferreira da Costa is a Santoméan politician who has been Prime Minister of São Tomé and Príncipe since December 2012. He previously served as Prime Minister briefly in 2002.

Miguel Trovoada


Miguel dos Anjos da Cunha Lisboa Trovoada was Prime Minister and President of São Tomé and Príncipe. Currently he is the Executive Secretary of the Gulf of Guinea Commission.

Fernando Pereira


Fernando "Cobo" Pereira is a major in the military of São Tomé and Príncipe.

Maria do Carmo Silveira


Maria do Carmo Trovoada Pires de Carvalho Silveira is a former Prime Minister of São Tomé and Príncipe.

Joaquim Rafael Branco


Joaquim Rafael Branco is a São Toméan politician. He is the President of the Movement for the Liberation of São Tomé and Príncipe/Social Democratic Party, and the former Prime Minister of the country. Branco served as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2000 to 2001. He was Minister of Public Works in July 2003, when he was detained by the military during a briefly successful coup d'etat led by Major Fernando Pereira. After Prime Minister Patrice Trovoada was defeated in a May 2008 vote of no confidence proposed by the MLSTP/PSD, which was then in opposition, President Fradique de Menezes asked the MLSTP/PSD to form a government in June 2008, and it chose Branco to become the next Prime Minister. Trovoada's Independent Democratic Action party denounced Menezes' designation of the MLSTP/PSD to form a government as unconstitutional.

Maria das Neves


Maria das Neves Ceita Baptista de Sousa is a former Prime Minister of São Tomé and Príncipe. She is a member of the Movement for the Liberation of São Tomé and Príncipe-Social Democratic Party. Before becoming head of government, Maria das Neves worked as a civil servant in the Ministry of Finance and in the African Development Bank. She held major government posts as Minister of Economics and of Commerce, Industry, and Tourism.

Sara Pinto Coelho


Sara Pinto Coelho was a writer of fiction and plays in the Portuguese language. Pinto Coelho grew up in Portugal. Most of her adult life she spent in Portuguese Mozambique, where she taught primary school and wrote radio plays, novels, short stories, and children's books. She served as the director of the radio theatre programme Rádio Clube de Moçambique from 1967 to 1972. She was the mother of the Portuguese journalist Carlos Pinto Coelho.

Manuel Quintas de Almeida


Manuel Quintas de Almeida was a lieutenant in the military of São Tomé and Príncipe.

Daniel Daio


Daniel Lima dos Santos Daio is a former Prime Minister of São Tomé and Príncipe. The first person freely elected to the position, he held the post from 7 February 1991 to 16 May 1992. He is a member of the Democratic Convergence Party – Reflection Group.

José da Silva


José da Silva Varela is São Toméan footballer who plays for UDRA which is playing in the São Tomé and Príncipe Championship as a striker. He is a member of São Tomé and Príncipe national football team.

Tomé Vera Cruz


Tomé Soares da Vera Cruz was Prime Minister of São Tomé and Príncipe from April 2006 to February 2008. He is also Secretary-General of the Force for Change Democratic Movement-Liberal Party. In addition to becoming Prime Minister, he became Minister of Information and Regional Integration. A Romanian-trained electrical engineer, Vera Cruz served as Minister of Natural Resources in an MLSTP-led government from 9 August 2003 to 5 March 2004. His party, in a coalition with the Democratic Convergence Party, won the largest number of seats in legislative elections held on 26 March 2006. Vera Cruz then became Prime Minister on 21 April 2006. He visited Angola for three days beginning on October 24, 2007 to discuss bilateral cooperation and the strengthening of historic and cultural ties. Vera Cruz announced his resignation on February 7, 2008 and was succeeded by Patrice Trovoada on February 14.

Jair Nunes

Soccer Midfielder

Jair Nunes is a santomean footballer who plays for CD Cruz.

Evaristo Carvalho


Evaristo do Espírito Santo Carvalho is a São Toméan politician. He was Prime Minister of São Tomé and Príncipe from 7 July 1994 to 25 October 1994 and again from 26 September 2001 to 28 March 2002. He is a member of the Independent Democratic Action party.

Conceição Lima


Maria da Conceição de Deus Lima, also known as Conceição Lima, is a Santomean poet from the town of Santana in São Tomé, one of two islands in the small nation of São Tomé and Príncipe situated in the Gulf of Guinea, off the western coast of Africa. She studied journalism in Portugal and worked in radio, television and in the print press in her native country. In 1993, Conceição Lima founded the weekly independent publication O País Hoje which she directed and wrote for during its circulation. She received a degree in Afro-Portuguese and Brazilian Studies from King's College in London. Lima resides in London where she works as a journalist and producer for the BBC Portuguese Language Services. Her poetry has been published in newspapers, magazines, and anthologies in several countries. O Útero da Casa was her first book of poetry and was published in 2004 in Lisbon by the Portuguese publishing house Caminho. Her second book, A Dolorosa Raiz do Micondó, was released in 2006 by the same publisher. Lima is a postcolonial writer, one of the few poets who came of age after the independence of her country in 1975. She started writing poems as a teenager and, in 1979, at the age of nineteen, traveled to Angola where she participated in the Sixth Conference of Afro-Asian Writers. She recited some of her poems and was probably one of the youngest participants present. Conceição Lima considers this to be the first phase of her career as a poet. The second phase of her career started with the publication of her poems in newspapers, magazines and anthologies.

Arzemiro dos Prazeres


Arzemiro dos Prazeres is a São Toméan politician. He was born on October 24, 1958, on the island of Príncipe. He is currently serving as Minister of Public Works, Infrastructure, and Urban Development.

Ludgério Silva

Soccer Forward

Ludgério de Almeida Santiago da Silva is a Santomean footballer who plays for C.F. União on loan from F.C. Paços de Ferreira as a striker. Silva has previously played for Infesta, Progresso, União Nogueirense, Padroense and Paços de Ferreira.

Artur Pereira

Soccer Forward

Artur Pereira is a Santomean soccer player.

Celestino Rocha da Costa


Celestino Rocha da Costa is a former prime minister of São Tomé and Príncipe. He held the post from 8 January 1988 to 7 February 1991. He was the last head of a single party Movement for the Liberation of São Tomé and Príncipe government.

Gustave Clement

Football team manager

Gustave Clement is a football coach.

Sweetzer dos Prazeres


Sweetzer dos Prazeres is a Santomean Soccer Player.

Remy Lima

Soccer Forward

Remy Lima is a Santomean soccer player.

Arielito Semedo

Soccer Midfielder

Arielito Semedo is a Santomean soccer player.