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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.

Juvénal Habyarimana is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Dec. 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

Agathe Uwilingiyimana is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Dec. 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

Kigeli V of Rwanda is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
age 82
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.

Pasteur Bizimungu is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Pasteur Bizimungu age 69
Pasteur Bizimungu was the fifth President of Rwanda, holding office from 19 July 1994 until 23 March 2000.

Olivier Karekezi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Olivier Karekezi age 35
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.

Pierre Habumuremyi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Pierre Habumuremyi age 58
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

Salomon Nirisarike is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Salomon Nirisarike age 25
Salomon Nirisarike is a Rwandan footballer.

Aphrodis Hategekimana is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Aphrodis Hategekimana age 29
Aphrodis Hategekimana is a Rwandan football player.

Anisia Uzeyman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Anisia Uzeyman age 44
Anisia Uzeyman is a Rwandan actress and a playwright.

Faustin Twagiramungu is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Faustin Twagiramungu age 74
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

Charles Murigande is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Charles Murigande age 60
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

Abdul Sibomana is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
age 37
Abdul Sibomana is a retired Rwandan football defender who last played for APR FC.

Benjamin Sehene is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Benjamin Sehene age 60
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

Callixte Mbarushimana is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Callixte Mbarushimana age 55
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

Mohammed Jashat is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Mohammed Jashat age 41
Mohammed Jashat is a Rwandan cricket player.

Imran Nshimiyimana is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Imran Nshimiyimana age 24
Imran Nshimiyimana is a Rwandan footballer.

Olivier Kwizera is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Olivier Kwizera age 23
Olivier Kwizera is a Rwandan footballer.

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

Wenceslas Kalibushi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Wenceslas Kalibushi age 99
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

Sonia Rolland is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
age 38
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

Jean-Luc Ndayishimiye is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Jean-Luc Ndayishimiye age 27
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.

Richard Sezibera is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Richard Sezibera age 54
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

Augustin Banyaga is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
age 71
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

Dominique Mbonyumutwa is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Dominique Mbonyumutwa Dec. 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

Donald Kaberuka is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Donald Kaberuka age 67
Donald P. Kaberuka is a Rwandan economist and the current President of the African Development Bank.