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List of famous people from Rwanda, 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 Rwanda, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Rwanda 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 Rwanda, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

Examples include Mathias Ntawulikura and Jean-Baptiste Gatete.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Rwanda?" or "Which celebrities were born in Rwanda?" then this list is a great resource for you.

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Juvénal Habyarimana is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Juvénal Habyarimana Died at 57 (1937-1994) - Juvénal Habyarimana was the third President of the Republic of Rwanda, the post he held longer than any other president to date, from 1973 until 1994. He was nicknamed "Kinani", ...more

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Agathe Uwilingiyimana is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Agathe Uwilingiyimana Died at 41 (1953-1994) - Agathe Uwilingiyimana, sometimes known as Madame Agathe, was a Rwandan political figure. She served as Prime Minister of Rwanda from 18 July 1993 until her death on 7 April 1994. Her term was ...more

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Kigeli V of Rwanda is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Kigeli V of Rwanda age 80 - Kigeli V Ndahindurwa was the ruling last King of Rwanda from 25 July 1959 until 28 Jan 1961. He was born in Kamembe, Rwanda. His Christian name is Jean-Baptiste Ndahindurwa.

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Pasteur Bizimungu is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Pasteur Bizimungu age 65 - Pasteur Bizimungu was the fifth President of Rwanda, holding office from 19 July 1994 until 23 March 2000.

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Olivier Karekezi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Olivier Karekezi age 32 - Olivier Karekezi is a Rwandan footballer, currently playing for Swedish div.4 side Råå IF and is also the former captain of the Rwanda national team.

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Pierre Habumuremyi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Pierre Habumuremyi age 54 - Pierre-Damien Habumuremyi is a Rwandan politician who served as Prime Minister of Rwanda from 7 October 2011 until 24 July 2014. He previously served as Minister of Education from May 2011 to ...more

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Salomon Nirisarike is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Salomon Nirisarike age 22 - Salomon Nirisarike is a Rwandan footballer.

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Aphrodis Hategekimana is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Aphrodis Hategekimana age 26 - Aphrodis Hategekimana is a Rwandan football player.

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Anisia Uzeyman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Anisia Uzeyman age 40 - Anisia Uzeyman is a Rwandan actress and a playwright.

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Faustin Twagiramungu is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Faustin Twagiramungu age 70 - Faustin Twagiramungu is an ethnic Hutu politician in Rwanda. He was prime minister from 1994 until his resignation in 1995, the first head of government appointed after the Rwandese Patriotic ...more

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Charles Murigande is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Charles Murigande age 58 - Charles Murigande is a Rwandan politician who served in the government of Rwanda as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2002 to 2008, as Minister of Governmental Affairs from 2008 to 2009, and as ...more

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Abdul Sibomana is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Abdul Sibomana age 35 - Abdul Sibomana is a retired Rwandan football defender who last played for APR FC.

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Benjamin Sehene is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Benjamin Sehene age 58 - Benjamin Sehene is a Rwandan author whose work primarily focuses on questions of identity and the events surrounding the Rwandan genocide. He has spent much of life in Canada and lives in ...more

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Callixte Mbarushimana is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Callixte Mbarushimana age 52 - Callixte Mbarushimana is a Hutu Rwandan and former United Nations employee who is alleged to have participated in the Rwandan Genocide of 1994. On 28 September 2010, Mbarushimana was indicted by ...more

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Mohammed Jashat is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Mohammed Jashat age 38 - Mohammed Jashat is a Rwandan cricket player.

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Imran Nshimiyimana is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Imran Nshimiyimana age 21 - Imran Nshimiyimana is a Rwandan footballer.

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Olivier Kwizera is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Olivier Kwizera age 20 - Olivier Kwizera is a Rwandan footballer.

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Ishmael Ntihabose is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Ishmael Ntihabose Ishmael Ntihabose is a writer and film producer.

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Wenceslas Kalibushi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Wenceslas Kalibushi age 96 - Wenceslas Kalibushi was a Rwandan Catholic bishop. Wenceslas Kalibushi was born on 29 June 1919 at Byimana, Rwanda. He was ordained a priest on 25 July 1947. On 9 December 1976 he was appointed ...more

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Sonia Rolland is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Sonia Rolland age 34 - Sonia Rolland is a French actress and former Miss France she has also competed at Miss Universe. She is the first African-born Miss France pageant winner. Born in Kigali, Rwanda to a Rwandan ...more

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Jean-Luc Ndayishimiye is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Jean-Luc Ndayishimiye age 24 - Jean-Luc Ndayishimiye is a Rwanda international footballer who plays as a goalkeeper. As of February 2010, he plays for APR FC and has won six caps for his country.

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Richard Sezibera is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Richard Sezibera age 51 - Richard Sezibera is a Rwandan physician, politician, diplomat and civil servant. He is the current Secretary General of the East African Community. He was appointed to that position by the East ...more

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Augustin Banyaga is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Augustin Banyaga age 70 - Augustin Banyaga is a Rwandan-born American mathematician whose research fields include symplectic topology and contact geometry. He is currently a Professor of Mathematics at Pennsylvania State ...more

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Dominique Mbonyumutwa is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Dominique Mbonyumutwa Died at 65 (1921-1986) - Dominique Mbonyumutwa was a Rwandan politician who served as the first and President of Rwanda, from January 28 to October 26, 1961, immediately following the abolition of the Rwandan monarchy. ...more

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Donald Kaberuka is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Donald Kaberuka age 64 - Donald P. Kaberuka is a Rwandan economist and the current President of the African Development Bank.

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Théodore Sindikubwabo is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Théodore Sindikubwabo Died at 70 (1928-1998) - Théodore Sindikubwabo was the fourth and interim President of Rwanda during the Rwandan genocide, from April 9 to July 19, 1994. Prior to that he was President of the National Development ...more

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Grégoire Kayibanda is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Grégoire Kayibanda Died at 52 (1924-1976) - Grégoire Kayibanda was the first elected and second President of Rwanda. He led Rwanda's struggle for independence from Belgium, and replaced the Tutsi monarchy with a republican form of ...more

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Louise Mushikiwabo is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Louise Mushikiwabo age 54 - Louise Mushikiwabo is a Rwandan politician who has served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Rwanda since 2009. She also serves as Government Spokesperson. She was previously ...more

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Jan-Willem Breure is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Jan-Willem Breure age 27 - Jan-Willem Breure is a Rwandan-born Dutch media producer and artist who is foremost known as the producer and director of the award-winning 2012 documentary Are All Men Pedophiles?.

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Paul Kagame is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Paul Kagame age 59 - Paul Kagame is the sixth and current President of Rwanda having taken office in 2000 when his predecessor, Pasteur Bizimungu, resigned. Kagame previously commanded the rebel force that ended the ...more

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Gilbert Ndahayo is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Gilbert Ndahayo age 40 - Gilbert Ndahayo is a screenwriter, film producer, film editor, and film director

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Elizaphan Ntakirutimana is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Elizaphan Ntakirutimana Died at 83 (1924-2007) - Elizaphan Ntakirutimana was a pastor of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Rwanda and was the first clergyman to be convicted for a role in the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. In February 2003, the ...more

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Elias Uzamukunda is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Elias Uzamukunda age 24 - Elias Uzamukunda is a Rwandan football player who currently plays for French club Cannes in the Championnat de France amateur. In his home country of Rwanda, he is known as "Baby".

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Jackson Niyomugabo is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Jackson Niyomugabo age 28 - Jackson Niyomugabo is a Rwandan Olympic swimmer. He is originally from Kibuye in Rwanda's western region. He grew up swimming in the waters of Lake Kivu on the border between Rwanda and the ...more

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Alphonsine Agahozo is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Alphonsine Agahozo age 19 - Alphonsine Agahozo is a Rwandan swimmer. She competed in the Women's 50m freestyle event at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Agahozo finished in 58th place and did not advance to the

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Hamad Ndikumana is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Hamad Ndikumana age 37 - Hamad Ndikumana also known as Kataut by the Rwandan fans, is a Rwandan football defender who recently relesead from APOP Kinyras Peyias FC in Cyprus. His main attribute is his excellent

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Jean-Claude Iranzi is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Jean-Claude Iranzi age 24 - Jean-Claude Iranzi is a Rwandan footballer, who is currently playing for A.P.R. in the Rwanda National Football League.

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Kivu Ruhorahoza is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Kivu Ruhorahoza age 33 - Kivu Ruhorahoza is a Rwandese film director, writer and producer. He is internationally known for his feature film Grey Matter which won the Jury Special Mention for Best Emerging Filmmaker at ...more

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Robert Kajuga is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Robert Kajuga age 32 - Robert Kajuga is a Rwandan long-distance track and road runner. He represented Rwanda in the 10,000 metres at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

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Jean Pierre Mvuyekure is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Jean Pierre Mvuyekure age 31 - Jean Pierre Mvuyekure is a Rwandan long-distance runner. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, he competed in the Men's marathon, finishing in 79th place. He placed third at the Pyongyang Marathon in

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Claudette Mukasakindi is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Claudette Mukasakindi age 33 - Claudette Mukasakindi is a Rwandan long-distance runner. She competed in the marathon at the 2012 Summer Olympics, placing 101st with a time of 2:51:07.

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Jimmy Mbaraga is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Jimmy Mbaraga age 25 - Jimmy Mbaraga is a Rwandan football player.

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Eric Serugaba is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Eric Serugaba age 26 - Eric Serugaba is a Rwandan footballer.

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Jimmy Mulisa is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Jimmy Mulisa age 31 - Jimmy Mulisa is a footballer from Rwanda who plays as a striker. His current club is Sunrise as technical director.

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Alexandre Kimenyi is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Alexandre Kimenyi Died at 64 (1948-2012) - Alexandre Kimenyi was a Professor of Linguistics, Ethnic Studies and African Languages at California State University, Sacramento who appeared in the 2011 documentary film Poetry of Resilience.

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André Kagwa Rwisereka is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
André Kagwa Rwisereka Died at 61 (1949-2010) - André Kagwa Rwisereka was vice-chairman of the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda, a political party founded in August 2009 in Rwanda. He was found murdered and partially beheaded near a ...more

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Jacques Tuyisenge is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Jacques Tuyisenge age 24 - Jacques Tuyisenge is a Rwandan footballer.

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Adrien Niyonshuti is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Adrien Niyonshuti age 28 - Adrien Niyonshuti is a professional bicycle racer for South African UCI Continental team MTN-Qhubeka. Although he survived, six of Niyonshuti's brothers were killed in the Rwandan Genocide of ...more

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Haruna Niyonzima is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Haruna Niyonzima age 25 - Haruna Niyonzima is a Rwandan international footballer who plays for Tanzanian club Young Africans, as a midfielder.

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Simon Bikindi is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Simon Bikindi age 61 - Simon Bikindi is a Rwandan singer-songwriter who was formerly very popular in Rwanda. His patriotic songs were playlist staples on the national radio station Radio Rwanda during the war from ...more