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In the first part of this series, we explored the achievements of some exceptional Albanians who have made significant contributions to the world. In this follow-up blog post, we will delve into the lives of five more outstanding individuals of Albanian origin who have left their mark in various fields.

1. Leka I Zogu (1939-2011)

Leka I Zogu, also known as Crown Prince Leka of Albania, was the son of King Zog I and played a crucial role in promoting democracy and national unity in post-communist Albania. Though he never held an official title or ruled the country, Leka I Zogu worked tirelessly to foster dialogue between Albania's various political factions and to preserve the nation's rich cultural heritage.

2. Ibrahim Rugova (1944-2006)

Ibrahim Rugova, a key figure in the struggle for Kosovo's independence, was a writer, academic, and politician. He served as the President of Kosovo for two consecutive terms (2002-2006) and was a staunch advocate for nonviolent resistance and diplomacy. His peaceful approach to the conflict in the region has had a lasting impact on the political landscape of Kosovo and the Balkans.

3. Eqrem Çabej (1908-1980)

Eqrem Çabej was an Albanian linguist and scholar who significantly contributed to studying the Albanian language and its history. Çabej's research spanned multiple fields, including phonetics, morphology, and etymology. He was also one of the pioneers of Albanian dialectology, playing a pivotal role in standardizing the modern Albanian language. His work has been instrumental in understanding Albanian language's historical development and cultural richness.

4. Dua Lipa (1995-Present)

Dua Lipa is an award-winning singer, songwriter, and model born in London to Kosovar Albanian parents. With a string of successful hits and albums, she has emerged as one of the most influential artists in the music industry today. Dua Lipa uses her platform to raise awareness about various social issues, including women's rights and mental health.

5. Lorik Cana (1983-Present)

Lorik Cana is a retired Albanian footballer who has played for clubs such as Paris Saint-Germain, Olympique de Marseille, and Galatasaray. He also captained the Albanian national team, leading them to their first-ever appearance in a major tournament at the 2016 UEFA European Championship. Cana's dedication and talent on the field have inspired countless young Albanians to pursue careers in sports.

These five individuals are just a small sample of the many remarkable Albanians who have made significant contributions to the world. Their stories demonstrate the Albanian people's determination, hard work, and talent.


[1] Encyclopedia Britannica. (2021, October 28). Leka.

[2] BBC News. (2006, January 21). Obituary: Ibrahim Rugova.

[3] Elsie, R. (n.d.). Eqrem Çabej (1908-1980).

[4] Unterberger, A. (2019, January 28). Dua Lipa: The Billboard Cover Story. Billboard.

[5] (2016, June 21). Albania's Lorik Cana reflects on a career of proud moments.

Albanians might be from small countries such as Albania, Kosovo, or North Macedonia, but these places have produced some remarkable individuals who have made significant contributions to the world. In this blog post, we will explore a few of these exceptional individuals and their contributions to various fields.

1. Mother Teresa (1910-1997)

Born Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu in Skopje, North Macedonia, Mother Teresa was an ethnic Albanian who became a Roman Catholic nun and missionary. She founded the Missionaries of Charity, a religious congregation that has assisted millions worldwide. Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 and was canonized as Saint Teresa of Calcutta in 2016. She symbolizes selfless service and compassion for the poor and suffering.

2. Ismail Kadare (1936-Present)

One of the most prominent Albanian writers, Ismail Kadare, is known for his novels, poems, and essays that glimpse the realities of living under a communist regime. His works have been translated into over 40 languages and have received numerous awards, including the Man Booker International Prize in 2005. Kadare's unique storytelling has made him a literary giant, ensuring Albanian literature is recognized worldwide.

3. Ferid Murad (1936-Present)

Born in Whiting, Indiana, to Albanian immigrant parents, Ferid Murad is a biomedical scientist who made groundbreaking discoveries in the field of medicine. He shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1998 for his work on the role of nitric oxide as a signaling molecule in the cardiovascular system. Murad's discoveries have contributed to developing life-saving drugs and treatment methods.

4. Inva Mula (1963-Present)

Inva Mula is an internationally renowned Albanian opera singer who has captivated audiences worldwide with her exceptional vocal talent. Born in Tirana, Albania, Mula made her professional debut at the age of 19 in her home country [4]. She went on to perform in some of the world's most prestigious opera houses, including La Scala, the Metropolitan Opera, and the Paris Opera. Mula has portrayed leading roles in operas such as La Traviata, Rigoletto, and Madama Butterfly, earning her critical acclaim and solidifying her place among the world's most distinguished sopranos. Her powerful performances have served as a beacon for Albanian talent in the world of classical music.

5. Rita Ora (1990-Present)

Born in Pristina, Kosovo, to Albanian parents, Rita Ora is a singer, songwriter, and actress who has made a name for herself in the global music industry. With multiple chart-topping singles and collaborations with prominent artists like DJ Fresh, Charli XCX, and Iggy Azalea, Ora has helped bring Albanian talent to the international stage. Additionally, she has used her influence to support various humanitarian causes, including refugees and mental health awareness.

These remarkable individuals of Albanian origin have made lasting contributions to the world in various fields. Their stories serve as a testament to the Albanian people's resilience, talent, and hard work.


[1] Editors. (2019, June 24). Mother Teresa Biography.

[2] Flood, A. (2005, June 27). Kadare wins first Man Booker international prize. The Guardian.

[3] Nobel Prize. (1998). The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1998.

[4] Mula, I. (n.d.). Inva Mula: Biography. Inva Mula Official Website.

[5] Cummings, R. (n.d.). Inva Mula: Artist Biography. AllMusic.

[6] Forbes, C. (2019, February 21). Rita Ora: The Pop Star Talks Fame, Fortune, And Kosovo. Forbes.

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