Mozambique has always made its mark at international level in the areas of architecture, art, literature and poetry.
Name such as Malangatana, Mia Couto and Jos� Craveirinha amongst others, arealready well known outside Mozambique.
Various athletes are also well known in quite a number of sporting activities, in particular the international athlete Lurdes Mutola.
The creative local handicraft is of course very representative of the artistic spirit of the Mozambique people. Worthy of special mention are the intricate and bizarre black ebony woodcarvings of the Macondes to be found in the north of the country.