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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 Professor Mahmood Mamdani is a Ugandan academic, author and political commentator. He is the Director of the Makerere Institute of Social Research, the Herbert Lehman Professor of Government at ...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 Okello Oculi, 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. Before that, he ...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 Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is a Ugandan politician who has been President of Uganda since 29 January 1986. Museveni was involved in rebellions that toppled Ugandan leaders Idi Amin and Milton Obote. ...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 Okot p'Bitek 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 whose husband has taken up ...more

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Taban Lo Liyong is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Uganda
Taban Lo Liyong The cows of Shambat, Fixions, & other stories Taban Lo Liyong 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 system of ...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 Apolo Milton Obote was a Ugandan socialist political leader who led Uganda to independence in 1962 from British colonial administration. Following the nation's independence, he served as Prime ...more

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Mary Karoro Okurut is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Uganda
Mary Karoro Okurut The blood brothers, The Invisible Weevil, The brave hunter 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 Julius Ocwinyo is a Ugandan editor, poet and novelist. His novels include Fate of the Banished, The Unfulfilled Dream and Footprints of the Outsider. His work has appeared in several news papers ...more

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Monica Arac de Nyeko is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Uganda
Jambula Tree Monica Arac de Nyeko 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, with her story ...more

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Moses Isegawa is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Uganda
Moses Isegawa Chroniques abyssiniennes, Abyssinian Chronicles, Abessijnse kronieken Moses Isegawa, also known as Sey Wava, is a Ugandan author. He has written novels set against the political turmoil of Uganda, which he left in 1990 for the Netherlands. His debut novel, ...more

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Apolo Kagwa is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Uganda
The kings of Buganda Sir Apolo Kagwa KCMG MBE is considered Buganda's first and foremost ethnographer. He was appointed prime minister of the Kingdom of Buganda by King Mwanga II in 1890, and served in that capacity ...more

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Benedicto Kiwanuka is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Uganda
Presidential address Benedicto Kagimu Mugumba Kiwanuka was the first Prime Minister of Uganda, leader of the Democratic Party and one of the early leaders that led the country in the transition between colonial ...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 Timothy Wangusa 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 Peter Nazareth 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 Charles "Mase" Onyango-Obbo, also Charles Onyango Obbo, is a Ugandan author, journalist, and Editor of Mail & Guardian Africa. He is a former Managing Editor of The Monitor, a ...more

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Miria Matembe is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Uganda
Miria Matembe Miria Matembe Dr. Miria Rukoza Koburunga Matembe, LL.D is a former member of the Pan-African Parliament from Uganda. While on the Pan-African Parliament she was chairperson of the Committee on Rules, ...more

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China Keitetsi is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Uganda
China Keitetsi Child soldier China Keitetsi 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 been ...more

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Elvania Namukwaya Zirimu is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Uganda
Elvania Namukwaya Zirimu When the hunchback made rain ; Snoring strangers Elvania Namukwaya Zirimu was a Ugandan poet and dramatist. She formed the Ngoma Players, with the policy of writing and producing Ugandan plays, and was actively concerned with the National

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George Kanyeihamba is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Uganda
George Kanyeihamba Constitutional and political history of Uganda, Kanyeihamba's commentaries on law, politics and governance 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
Michael Ezra Muhammad Ali 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 Ephraim Kamuntu is a Ugandan management scientist and politician. He is the current Minister of Water and Environment in the Ugandan Cabinet. He was appointed to that position on 15 August 2012. ...more

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Rajat Neogy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Uganda
Rajat Neogy Rajat Neogy, a Ugandan of Indian ancestry, was a writer, poet and publisher. In Kampala in 1961, at the age of 22 he founded Transition Magazine, which went on to become widely influential on ...more

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Henry Kyemba is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Uganda
A state of blood Henry Kyemba 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 State of Blood, a 1977 ...more

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Jane Musoke-Nteyafas is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Uganda
Jane Musoke-Nteyafas 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
Tarsis Kabwegyere The politics of state formation 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

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Noerine Kaleeba is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Authors from Uganda
Noerine Kaleeba We miss you all Noerine Kaleeba is a Ugandan physiotherapist and educator. She is the co-founder of the Aids activism group "The AIDS Support Organization". She is currently a programme development ...more

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Catherine Samali Kavuma is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Authors from Uganda
Catherine Samali Kavuma Catherine Samali Kavuma is a novelist and a prominent Ugandan personality.

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Amon Bazira is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Authors from Uganda
Rwenzururu - 20 years of bitterness Amon Bazira was a Pan-Africanist leader and organiser who created an extensive intelligence network that was a clandestine component of the struggle to end the regime of Ugandan military ...more

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Busingye Kabumba is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Authors from Uganda
Busingye Kabumba Busingye Kabumba is a Ugandan lawyer and poet. He is a Lecturer-in-Law, Human Rights and Peace Centre, at tha Faculty of Law, Makerere University and a Consulting Partner with M/S Development ...more

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Janet Nkabirwa Nsibirwa Mdoe is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Authors from Uganda
Janet Nkabirwa Nsibirwa Mdoe is a writer.