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Famous People From Cape Verde

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List of famous people from Cape Verde, including photos when available. The people below are listed by their popularity, so the most recognizable names are at the top of the list. Some of the people below are celebrities born in Cape Verde, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Cape Verde you might already know that these prominent figures are also from your hometown, but some of the names below may really surprise you. This list includes people who were born and raised in Cape Verde, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

List contains people like Nani, Jorge Barbosa.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Cape Verde?" or "Which celebrities were born in Cape Verde?" then this list is a great resource for you.
Jorge Carlos Fonseca Age 68 from Mindelo, Cape Verde
Jorge Carlos de Almeida Fonseca OICVV is a Cape Verdean politician, lawyer, and university professor who has been President of Cape Verde since 2011. He served as Minister of Foreign Affairs ...more
David Soares Age 49 from Brava, Cape Verde
P. David Soares (born October 26, 1969 in Brava, Cape Verde) is the Albany County, N.Y. District Attorney. He is a Democrat.
Lidiane Lopes Age 24 from Cape Verde
Lidiane Lopes is a Cape Verdean sprinter. She competed in the 100 metres competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics; she ran the preliminaries in 12.72 seconds, which did not qualify her for Round ...more
Janício Martins Age 39 from Tarrafal, Cape Verde, Cape Verde
Janício de Jesus Gomes Martins (born 30 November 1979), known simply as Janício, is a Cape Verdean retired footballer who played as a right back.
Vladine Biosse Age 36 from Cape Verde
Vladine Biosse is a Super Middleweight boxer who grew up in the Cape Verde islands and came to the United States in 1996 where he attended Hope High School in Providence, Rhode Island and was a ...more
Ruben Sança Age 32 from Cape Verde
Ruben Sanca is an athlete.
Ryan Mendes Age 29 from Mindelo, Cape Verde
Ryan Isaac Mendes da Graça (born 8 January 1990) is a Cape Verdean football winger who plays for Sharjah.
Age 28 from Fogo, Cape Verde
José Luís Mendes Andrade (born 24 January 1991), known as Zé Luís, is a Cape Verdean professional footballer who plays for Portuguese club FC Porto as a striker.
Bana Dec. at 81 (1932-2013) from Mindelo, Cape Verde
Adriano Gonçalves (5 March 1932 – 13 July 2013), known by his stage name Bana and called the "King of Morna", was a Cape Verdean singer and performer of the morna style, the ...more
Age 39 from Brava, Cape Verde
Nilton Rogério Cardoso Fernandes (born 7 March 1979), known simply as Nilton, is a Cape Verdean former footballer who played as a midfielder. He spent most of his career in Portugal, ...more
Bijou Age 32 from Praia, Cape Verde
Davidson Renato da Cruz Coronel (born 14 April 1986), known as Bijou, is a Cape Verdean former footballer who played as a central midfielder. He spent his entire professional career in
Pedro Miguel Carvalho Deus Correia Age 28 from Cape Verde
Pedro Miguel Carvalho Deus Correia, known as Ró-Ró, is a Portuguese footballer who plays for Qatari club Al Sadd as a defender.
Marcelino Manuel da Graca Dec. at 79 (1881-1960) from Brava, Cape Verde
Marcelino Manuel da Graça (January 25, 1881 or 1884—January 12, 1960), better known as Charles Manuel "Sweet Daddy" Grace, or Daddy Grace, was the founder and first bishop of ...more
John DeBrito Age 50 from Cape Verde
John DeBrito (born December 3, 1968, in Cape Verde) is a former U.S.-Cape Verde soccer player. He was an All American at Southern Connecticut State University, spent at least one season playing ...more
Dec. at 70 (1941-2011) from Mindelo, Cape Verde
Cesária Évora GCIH (Portuguese pronunciation: [sɨˈzaɾiɐ ˈɛvuɾɐ]; 27 August 1941 – 17 December 2011), more commonly Cize, was a Cape Verde singer-songwriter. She had received a ...more
Age 32 from Praia, Cape Verde
Gelson da Conceição Tavares Fernandes (born 2 September 1986) is a Swiss professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for German club Eintracht Frankfurt. He also ...more
Age 35 from Sal, Cape Verde
Nélson Augusto Tomar Marcos (born 10 June 1983), known simply as Nélson, is a Portuguese footballer who plays as a right back. After making a name for himself at Benfica, appearing ...more
Dec. at 59 (1949-2008) from São Vicente, Cape Verde
Carlos Alexandre Fortes Alhinho (10 January 1949 – 31 May 2008) was a Portuguese professional football central defender and manager. He was one of the few players in his generation to have ...more
Age 30 from Praia, Cape Verde
Adilson Tavares Varela (born 22 October 1988), commonly known as Cabral, is a footballer who plays for Lausanne-Sport. He spent most of his career at Basel, winning nine honours including five ...more
Baltasar Lopes da Silva Dec. at 82 (1907-1989) from São Nicolau, Cape Verde
Baltasar Lopes da Silva (Caleijão, São Nicolau, 23 April 1907 - Lisbon, Portugal, 28 May 1989) was a writer, poet and linguist from Cape Verde, who wrote in both Portuguese and ...more
Age 32 from Praia, Cape Verde
Luís Carlos Almeida da Cunha ComM (born 17 November 1986), commonly known as Nani (Portuguese pronunciation: [naˈni]), is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a winger for ...more
Emerson da Luz Age 36 from Mindelo, Cape Verde
Emerson dos Santos da Luz (born 11 July 1982 in Mindelo) is a Cape Verdean footballer who currently plays for Cape Verde national football team and for Arouca in the Segunda Divisão ...more
Age 33 from São Vicente, Cape Verde
Rolando Jorge Pires da Fonseca (born 31 August 1985), known simply as Rolando, is a Portuguese footballer who last played for French club Olympique de Marseille as a central defender.
Sergio Frusoni Dec. at 74 (1901-1975) from Mindelo, Cape Verde
Sergio Frusoni (August 10, 1901 – May 29, 1975) was a poet and promoter of the Cape Verdean Creole language.
Carlos Andrade Age 40 from Sal, Cape Verde
Carlos Eduardo Fernandes Vieira de Andrade is a Portuguese basketball player. Born Sal, Cape Verde, he started playing at 16 years in Portugal Telecom, before moving to the United States to play ...more