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Famous Authors from Uganda

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List of the most popular authors from Uganda, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries authors have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of storytelling. Whether they're known for fiction, non-fiction, poetry or even technical writing, the famous Ugandan authors on this list have kept that tradition alive by writing renowned works that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Ugandan writers, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

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Mahmood Mamdani is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Uganda
When Victims Become Killers, Beyond Rights Talk and Culture Talk, Identity

Birthplace: Mumbai, India

Birthdate: 1946-04-23

Nationality: Uganda

Mahmood Mamdani, FBA (born 23 April 1946) is a Ugandan academic, author, and political commentator. He is the director of the Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR), the Herbert Lehman ...more
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Okello Oculi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Uganda
Malak, Discourses on African affairs, Song for the sun in us

Birthplace: Uganda, Dokolo, Dokolo District, Africa

Birthdate: 1942

Nationality: Nigeria, Uganda

Okello Oculi (born 1 January 1942) is a Ugandan novelist, poet, and chronicler of rural African village life. Currently, he is a private political and social consultant based in Abuja, Nigeria. ...more
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Yoweri Museveni is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Uganda
The value of political education and three essays on military strategy in Uganda, Three essays on military strategy in Uganda, A constitution to build Uganda

Birthplace: Ntungamo District, Uganda, Ntungamo, Africa

Birthdate: 1944

Nationality: Uganda

Yoweri Kaguta Museveni (pronunciation ; born 15 September 1944) is a Ugandan politician who has been President of Uganda since 1986. Museveni was involved in rebellions that toppled notorious ...more
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Okot p'Bitek is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Uganda
Acholi proverbs, Two songs, Wer pa Lawino

Birthplace: Gulu, Uganda

Birthdate: 1931-06-07

Nationality: Uganda

Okot p'Bitek (7 June 1931 – 20 July 1982) was a Ugandan poet, who achieved wide international recognition for Song of Lawino, a long poem dealing with the tribulations of a rural African wife ...more
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Taban Lo Liyong is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Uganda
The cows of Shambat, Fixions, & other stories

Birthplace: East Africa, South Sudan, Africa

Birthdate: 1939

Nationality: Uganda, Sudan

Taban Lo Liyong (born 1939) is one of Africa's well-known poets and writers of fiction and literary criticism. His political views, as well as his on-going denigration of the post-colonial ...more
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Milton Obote is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Uganda
Notes on concealment of genocide in Uganda, Thoughts of an African leader, Proposals for new methods of elections of representatives of the people to Parliament

Birthplace: Apac, Uganda

Birthdate: 1925-12-28

Nationality: Uganda

Apollo Milton Obote (28 December 1925 – 10 October 2005) was a Ugandan political leader who led Uganda to independence in 1962 from British colonial administration. Following the nation's ...more
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Mary Karoro Okurut is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Uganda
The blood brothers, The Invisible Weevil, The brave hunter

Birthdate: 1954

Nationality: Uganda

Mary Busingye Karooro Okurut, more commonly known as Mary Karooro Okurut, is a Ugandan educator, author and politician. She is the current Minister for Security in the Ugandan Cabinet. She was ...more
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Julius Ocwinyo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Uganda
The Unfulfilled Dream, Footprints of the Outsider

Birthplace: Apac District, Uganda

Birthdate: 1961-01-01

Nationality: Uganda

Julius Ocwinyo (born 1961) is a Ugandan editor, poet and novelist. His novels include Fate of the Banished, The Unfulfilled Dream (2002)and Footprints of the Outsider. His work has appeared in ...more
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Monica Arac de Nyeko is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Uganda
Jambula Tree

Birthplace: Uganda, Africa

Birthdate: 1979

Nationality: Uganda

Monica Arac de Nyeko (born 1979) is a Ugandan writer of short fiction, poetry, and essays, living in Nairobi. In 2007 she became the first Ugandan to win the Caine Prize for African Writing, ...more
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Moses Isegawa is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Uganda
Chroniques abyssiniennes, Abyssinian Chronicles, Abessijnse kronieken

Birthplace: Kampala, Buganda

Birthdate: 1963-08-10

Nationality: Uganda

Moses Isegawa, also known as Sey Wava (born 10 August 1963), is a Ugandan author. He has written novels set against the political turmoil of Uganda, which he left in 1990 for the Netherlands. ...more
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Apolo Kagwa is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Uganda
The kings of Buganda

Birthdate: 1869-01-01

Nationality: Uganda

Sir Apollo Kagwa (standard Luganda orthography spelling Kaggwa) (1864–1927) was a major intellectual and political leader in Uganda when it was under British rule. He was a leader of the ...more
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Benedicto Kiwanuka is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Uganda
Presidential address

Birthdate: 1922

Nationality: Uganda

Benedicto Kagimu Mugumba Kiwanuka (8 May 1922 – 22 September 1972) was the first prime minister of Uganda, a leader of the Democratic Party, and one of the persons that led the country in the ...more
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Timothy Wangusa is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Uganda
A pattern of dust, Upon This Mountain

Birthplace: Uganda, Africa

Birthdate: 1942

Nationality: Uganda

Timothy Wangusa (born 1942) is a Ugandan poet and novelist. Wangusa was chairman of Uganda Writers Association and founder president of International PEN Uganda Centre.
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Peter Nazareth is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Uganda
The general is up, In the trickster tradition, Two radio plays

Birthplace: Uganda

Birthdate: 1940-04-27

Nationality: Uganda

Peter Nazareth (born 27 April 1940) is a Ugandan-born critic and writer of fiction and drama.
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Charles Onyango-Obbo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Uganda
Uganda's poorly kept secrets

Birthplace: Masindi District, Uganda, Mbale, Mbale District, Africa

Birthdate: 1958

Nationality: Uganda

Charles "Mase" Onyango-Obbo, also Charles Onyango Obbo, (born 1958) is a Ugandan author, journalist, and former Editor of Mail & Guardian Africa. He is a former Managing Editor of ...more
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Miria Matembe is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Uganda
Miria Matembe

Birthdate: 1953

Nationality: Uganda

Miria Rukoza Koburunga Matembe, LL.D (honoris causa) (born 28 August 1953) is a former member of the Pan-African Parliament from Uganda. While serving there, she was chairperson of the Committee ...more
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China Keitetsi is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Uganda
Child soldier

Birthplace: Uganda

Birthdate: 1976-01-01

Nationality: Uganda

China Keitetsi (born 1976) is a Ugandan activist who has won international renown as a campaigner for the plight of child soldiers. The memoirs of Keitetsi, a former child soldier herself, have ...more
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Elvania Namukwaya Zirimu... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Uganda
When the hunchback made rain ; Snoring strangers

Birthdate: 1938

Nationality: Uganda

Elvania Namukwaya Zirimu (31 August 1938 – 31 October 1979) was a Ugandan poet and dramatist. She formed the Ngoma Players, with the policy of writing and producing Ugandan plays, and was ...more
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George Kanyeihamba is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Uganda
Constitutional and political history of Uganda, Kanyeihamba's commentaries on law, politics and governance

Nationality: Uganda

George W. Kanyeihamba was appointed a member of the Supreme Court of Uganda in 1997 and retired in November 2009. Previously, he served as minister of commerce, minister of justice, and ...more
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Michael Ezra is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Uganda
Muhammad Ali

Birthplace: Kampala, Uganda, Kampala District, Central Region, Uganda, + more

Birthdate: 1973

Nationality: Uganda

Michael Ezra Mulyoowa is believed to be one of the wealthiest Africans. He is the owner of SunSpace International, a holding company registered in the Seychelles, and a founding patron of the ...more
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Ephraim Kamuntu is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from Uganda
Economic stabilization and reform policies in Uganda, 1981-1985

Birthplace: Uganda

Birthdate: 1945-09-26

Nationality: Uganda

Ephraim Kamuntu is a Ugandan management scientist and politician. He is the Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities in the Cabinet of Uganda. He was appointed to that position on 6 June ...more
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Rajat Neogy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Uganda

Birthplace: Uganda, Africa

Birthdate: 1938

Nationality: Uganda

Rajat Neogy (1938 – 3 December 1995), a Ugandan of Indian Bengali ancestry, was a writer, poet and publisher. In Kampala in 1961, at the age of 22 he founded Transition Magazine, which went on ...more
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Henry Kyemba is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Uganda
A state of blood

Birthdate: 1939-12-01

Nationality: Uganda

Henry Kyemba (born December 1939) is a Ugandan political figure who held several high positions and finally became Minister of Health during Uganda's rule by Idi Amin. He is also the author of ...more
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Jane Musoke-Nteyafas is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Uganda

Birthplace: Moscow, Eurasia, Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, Russia, Soviet Union

Birthdate: 1976

Nationality: Canada, Uganda

Jane Musoke-Nteyafas is a poet, writer, visual artist, columnist and playwright. She was born in Moscow, Russia, to Truman Musoke-Nteyafas, an Ugandan diplomat and politician, and Beatrice ...more
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Tarsis Kabwegyere is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from Uganda
The politics of state formation

Birthplace: Uganda, Africa

Nationality: Uganda

Tarsis Bazana Kabwegyere is a Ugandan sociologist, academic and politician. He is the current Minister of General Duties, Office of the Prime Minister in the Ugandan Cabinet. He was appointed to ...more