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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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This list answers the questions, "Which famous authors are from Uganda?" and "Who are the best Ugandan authors?"

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    When Victims Become Killers, Beyond Rights Talk and Culture Talk

    BirthplaceMumbai, India

    Birthdate1946-04-23

    NationalityUganda

    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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    Malak, Discourses on African affairs

    BirthplaceUganda, Dokolo, Dokolo District, Africa

    Birthdate1942

    NationalityNigeria, 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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    The value of political education and three essays on military strategy in Uganda, Three essays on military strategy in Uganda

    BirthplaceNtungamo, Uganda

    Birthdate1944-08-15

    NationalityUganda

    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 Ugandan...  more
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  • 4
    Acholi proverbs, Two songs

    BirthplaceGulu, Uganda

    Birthdate1931-06-07

    NationalityUganda

    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 whose...  more
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    The cows of Shambat, Fixions

    BirthplaceGulu, Uganda

    Birthdate1939-01-01

    NationalityUganda, 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 system of...  more
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    Notes on concealment of genocide in Uganda, Thoughts of an African leader

    BirthplaceApac, Uganda

    Birthdate1925-12-28

    NationalityUganda

    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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  • 7
    The blood brothers, The Invisible Weevil

    BirthplaceBushenyi, Uganda

    Birthdate1954-12-08

    NationalityUganda

    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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    The Unfulfilled Dream, Footprints of the Outsider

    BirthplaceApac District, Uganda

    Birthdate1961-01-01

    NationalityUganda

    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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    BirthplaceUganda

    Birthdate1979-01-01

    NationalityUganda

    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, with her...  more
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  • 10
    Chroniques abyssiniennes, Abyssinian Chronicles

    BirthplaceKampala, Buganda

    Birthdate1963-08-10

    NationalityUganda

    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. His...  more
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  • 11
    The kings of Buganda

    Birthdate1869-01-01

    NationalityUganda

    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 Protestant...  more
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  • 12
    Presidential address

    Birthdate1922-05-08

    NationalityUganda

    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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  • 13
    A pattern of dust, Upon This Mountain

    BirthplaceUganda

    Birthdate1942-05-01

    NationalityUganda

    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....  more
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  • 14
    The general is up, In the trickster tradition

    BirthplaceUganda

    Birthdate1940-04-27

    NationalityUganda

    Peter Nazareth (born 27 April 1940) is a Ugandan-born critic and writer of fiction and drama....  more
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    Uganda's poorly kept secrets

    BirthplaceMbale, Uganda

    Birthdate1958-01-01

    NationalityUganda

    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 The Monitor, a...  more
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    Miria Matembe

    Birthdate1953

    NationalityUganda

    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 on...  more
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  • 17
    Child soldier

    BirthplaceUganda, Africa

    Birthdate1976

    NationalityUganda

    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 been...  more
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  • 18
    When the hunchback made rain ; Snoring strangers

    Birthdate1938-08-31

    NationalityUganda

    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 actively...  more
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  • 19
    Constitutional and political history of Uganda, Kanyeihamba's commentaries on law

    NationalityUganda

    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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    Muhammad Ali

    BirthplaceKampala, Buganda

    Birthdate1973-07-20

    NationalityUganda

    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 Ezra...  more
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  • 21
    Economic stabilization and reform policies in Uganda, 1981-1985

    BirthplaceUganda

    Birthdate1945-09-26

    NationalityUganda

    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 2016....  more
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    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 to...  more
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  • 23
    A state of blood

    Birthdate1939-12-01

    NationalityUganda

    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 State...  more
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    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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    The politics of state formation

    BirthplaceUganda

    Birthdate1941-04-26

    NationalityUganda

    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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