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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Makerere University and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Makerere University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Makerere University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Makerere University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Makerere University are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Makerere University.

Examples of graduates on this list include Mahmood Mamdani and Joseph Kabila.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Makerere University?” and “Which celebrities are Makerere University alumni?”

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Mwai Kibaki is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Makerere University Alumni
Mwai Kibaki Politician, Economist Mwai Kibaki, C.G.H. is a Kenyan politician. He was the third President of Kenya, serving from December 2002 to April 2013. Kibaki was previously Vice-President of Kenya for ten years from 1978 ...more

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Mahmood Mamdani is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Makerere University Alumni
Author, Teacher 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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Julius Nyerere is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Makerere University Alumni
Politician, Teacher Julius Kambarage Nyerere was a Tanzanian politician who served as the leader of Tanzania, and previously Tanganyika, from 1960 until his retirement in 1985. Born in Tanganyika to Nyerere Burito, ...more

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Amama Mbabazi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Makerere University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Patrick Amama Mbabazi is a Ugandan politician who was the Prime Minister of Uganda from 24 May 2011 to 19 September 2014. Prior to this position, he served as the Minister for Security in the ...more

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Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Makerere University Alumni
Novelist, Author, Essayist Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o is a Kenyan writer, formerly working in English and now working in Gikuyu. His work includes novels, plays, short stories, and essays, ranging from literary and social ...more

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Moses Ali is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Makerere University Alumni
Politician, Military Officer, Rebel General Moses Ali is a Ugandan lawyer, politician and former military officer. He is the current Third Deputy Prime Minister and Deputy Leader of Government Business. He was appointed to that ...more

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Betty Oyella Bigombe is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Makerere University Alumni
Politician Betty Oyella Bigombe, also known as Betty Atuku Bigombe, is the Senior Director for Fragility, Conflict, and Violence at the World Bank. She was appointed to that position in June 2014. From May ...more

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John Sentamu is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Makerere University Alumni
Cleric John Tucker Mugabi Sentamu is the 97th Archbishop of York, Metropolitan of the province of York and Primate of England. The position of Archbishop of York is the second most senior clerical ...more

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Kizza Besigye is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Makerere University Alumni
Politician, Physician Warren Kizza Besigye Kifefe, commonly known as Kizza Besigye, is a Ugandan physician, politician and former military officer, in the UPDF. He served as the Party President of the Forum for ...more

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Matthew Lukwiya is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Makerere University Alumni
Matthew Lukwiya Physician Matthew Lukwiya was a Ugandan physician and the supervisor of St. Mary's Hospital Lacor, outside of Gulu. He was at the forefront of the 2000 Ebola virus disease outbreak in Uganda.

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Milton Obote is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Makerere University Alumni
Politician 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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Sam Kutesa is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Makerere University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Sam Kahamba Kutesa is a Ugandan lawyer and politician. He is the current president of the sixty-ninth session of the United Nations General Assembly. He was the Minister of Foreign Affairs in ...more

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Norbert Mao is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Makerere University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Norbert Mao is a Ugandan lawyer and politician. He is the current president of the Democratic Party, and the Local Council 5 Chairman for Gulu District.

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Rachel Mayanja is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Makerere University Alumni
Diplomat, Lawyer Rachel N. Mayanja is a Ugandan lawyer and diplomat. Currently, she serves as the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women. She was appointed ...more

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Joseph Kabila is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Makerere University Alumni
Politician Joseph Kabila Kabange is a Congolese politician who has been President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo since January 2001. He took office ten days after the assassination of his father, ...more

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Okello Oculi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Makerere University Alumni
Poet, Author 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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Peter Lokeris is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Makerere University Alumni
Peter Lokeris Accountant, Politician Peter Aimat Lokeris is a Ugandan accountant and politician. He is the current State Minister for Minerals in the Ugandan Cabinet. He was appointed to this position on 16 February 2009. In the ...more

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Olara Otunnu is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Makerere University Alumni
Politician Olara A. Otunnu is a lawyer, the president of the Uganda People's Congress and a candidate for the 2011 General elections in Uganda. He was previously an advocate for children's rights and was ...more

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Jennifer Namuyangu is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Makerere University Alumni
Jennifer Namuyangu Politician Jennifer Namuyangu Byakatonda, sometimes spelled as Jenipher Namuyangu, but commonly known as Jennifer Namuyangu, is a Ugandan politician. She was the State Minister for Water Resources in the ...more

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Senteza Kajubi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Makerere University Alumni
Senteza Kajubi Professor George William Senteza Kajubi, BA, Dip.Ed, MSc, ScD, was a university administrator, academic and community leader in Uganda, the third-largest economy in the East African Community.

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Daudi Migereko is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Makerere University Alumni
Politician, Engineer Daudi Migereko is the current Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development in the Ugandan Cabinet. He was appointed to that position on 27 May 2011. He replaced Omara Atubo, who was dropped ...more

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Peter Nazareth is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Makerere University Alumni
Writer Peter Nazareth is a Ugandan-born critic and writer of fiction and drama.

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Jessica Eriyo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Makerere University Alumni
Politician, Social Worker, Teacher Jessica Eriyo, sometimes spelled Jesca Eriyo, is a Ugandan educator, social worker, politician and diplomat. Currently, she serves as the Deputy Secretary General of the East African Community, ...more

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Yasmin Alibhai-Brown is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Makerere University Alumni
Journalist, Author, Writer Yasmin Alibhai-Brown is a Ugandan-born British journalist and author, who describes herself as a "leftie liberal, anti-racist, feminist, Shia Muslim, part-Pakistani, and ... a very ...more

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Adolf Mwesige is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Makerere University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Adolf Kasaija Mwesige is a Ugandan lawyer and politician. He is the current Minister for Local Government in the Ugandan Cabinet. He has served in that position since 18 February 2009. He is ...more

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Monica Arac de Nyeko is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Makerere University Alumni
Writer 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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Mugisha Muntu is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Makerere University Alumni
Mugisha Muntu Politician, Military Officer Major General Gregory Mugisha Muntuyera, commonly referred to as Mugisha Muntu, is a Ugandan politician and former military officer. He is the current president of the Forum for Democratic ...more

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Augustus Nuwagaba is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Makerere University Alumni
Professor, Social Worker, Economist Augustus Nuwagaba PhD is Ugandan social worker and academic. Currently, he serves as an Associate Professor of Social Work, Population & Poverty in the Department of Social Work & Social ...more

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Isaac Musumba is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Makerere University Alumni
Isaac Musumba Politician, Lawyer Isaac Isanga Musumba is a Ugandan lawyer and politician. He served as the State Minister for Regional Foreign Affairs, from June 2006 until May 2011. In the cabinet reshuffle on 27 May 2011, he ...more

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Andrew Mwenda is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Makerere University Alumni
Editor, Journalist Andrew Mwenda is a Ugandan journalist, founder and owner of The Independent, a current affairs newsmagazine. He was previously the political editor of The Daily Monitor, a Ugandan daily ...more

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Benjamin Mkapa is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Makerere University Alumni
Journalist, Diplomat Benjamin William Mkapa was the third President of Tanzania, in office from 1995 to 2005. He was also Chairman of the Revolutionary State Party.

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David Serwadda is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Makerere University Alumni
Researcher, Physician Professor David M. Serwadda, MBChB, MMed, MSc, MPH, is a Ugandan physician, medical researcher, academic, public health specialist and medical administrator. Currently he is a Professor of ...more

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Janat Mukwaya is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Makerere University Alumni
Politician, Military Officer Captain Janat Balunzi Mukwaya is a Ugandan politician and former military officer. She is the former State Minister for General Duties in the Office of the Prime Minister, from February 16, 2009 ...more

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Charles Onyango-Obbo is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Makerere University Alumni
Journalist, Writer 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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Vincent Nyanzi is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Makerere University Alumni
Vincent Nyanzi Politician Vincent Makumbi Nyanzi is a Ugandan educator and politician. He is the current State Minister in the Office of the Vice President in the Uganda's Cabinet. He was appointed to this position on 27 ...more

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Emmanuel Otala is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Makerere University Alumni
Emmanuel Otala Politician, Physician Emmanuel Otiam Otala is a Ugandan physician and politician. He served as the State Minister for Labor in the Ugandan Cabinet, from February 2009 until May 2011. Prior to that he served as the ...more

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Jessica Alupo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Makerere University Alumni
Politician, Military Officer Major Jessica Rose Epel Alupo, commonly known as Jessica Alupo, is a Ugandan politician, educator and former military officer. She is the current Minister of Education in the Ugandan Cabinet. ...more

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Rebecca Kadaga is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Makerere University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga is a Ugandan lawyer and politician who has been Speaker of the Parliament of Uganda since 19 May 2011. She is the first female to be elected Speaker in the history of the ...more

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Werikhe Kafabusa is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Makerere University Alumni
Politician Michael Werikhe Kafabusa, commonly known as Werikhe Kafabusa, is a Ugandan politician. He was the State Minister for Housing in the Ugandan Cabinet, from June 2006 until May 2011. In the Cabinet ...more

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Richard Nduhura is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Makerere University Alumni
Richard Nduhura Politician, Veterinarian Richard Nduhura, sometimes spelled Richard Nduhuura, is a Ugandan veterinarian, politician and diplomat. He currently serves as the Uganda's Permanent Representative to the United Nations. He ...more

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Elly Tumwine is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Makerere University Alumni
Elly Tumwine Military Officer, Teacher General Elly Tumwine, is a Ugandan professional artist, educator and military officer. He is a former Commander of the Army in Uganda, the highest military position in the country at that time. ...more

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Fred Mukisa is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Makerere University Alumni
Fred Mukisa Politician, Teacher Frederick Douglas Mwanja Mukisa, commonly known as Fred Mukisa, is a Ugandan educator and politician. He served as the State Minister for Fisheries in the Ugandan Cabinet, from 1 June 2006 until ...more

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Kabakumba Masiko is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Makerere University Alumni
Kabakumba Masiko Politician Princess Kabakumba Labwoni Masiko is a Ugandan politician. She is the former Minister of the Presidency in the Ugandan Cabinet. She was appointed to that position on 27 May 2011. She replaced ...more

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Rukiya Chekamondo is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Makerere University Alumni
Rukiya Chekamondo Politician, Teacher Rukiya Kulany Chekamondo, sometimes spelled as Rukia Kulany Chekamondo, is a Ugandan educator and politician. She was the State Minister for Privatization in the Ministry of Finance, from June ...more

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Kahinda Otafiire is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Makerere University Alumni
Kahinda Otafiire Politician, Military Officer Major General Kahinda Otafiire is a Ugandan politician and military officer. He is the current Minister of Justice & Constitutional Affairs in the Ugandan Cabinet. He was appointed to that ...more

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Ruth Nankabirwa is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Makerere University Alumni
Ruth Nankabirwa Politician, Artist Ruth Nankabirwa Ssentamu is a Ugandan politician. She is the current Chief Government Whip in the Ugandan Cabinet. She was appointed to that position on 1 March 2015, replacing Justine Lumumba ...more

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Richard Byarugaba is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Makerere University Alumni
Richard Byarugaba Accountant Richard Patrick Byarugaba is a Ugandan business executive, banker, and entrepreneur. He is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of National Social Security Fund, a semi-autonomous ...more

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Fred Ruhindi is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Makerere University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Fredrick Ruhindi, more commonly known as Freddie Ruhindi or Fred Ruhindi, is a Ugandan lawyer and politician. He is the Attorney General of Uganda. He was appointed to that position on 1 March ...more

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Kiddu Makubuya is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Makerere University Alumni
Kiddu Makubuya Politician, Lawyer Professor Kiddu Makubuya, LLB, LLM, JSD, Dip.Legal.Pract., also spelled as Khiddu Makubuya, is a Ugandan lawyer, politician and academic. He is the former Minister for General Duties in the ...more

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Sezi Mbaguta is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Makerere University Alumni
Sezi Mbaguta Politician Mrs. Sezi Prisca Bessy Mbaguta is a Ugandan politician and civil servant. She is the current State Minister for Public Service in the Ugandan Cabinet. She was oppointed to that position in June ...more