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Famous People From Rwanda

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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 Habyarima... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Juvénal Habyarimana Dec. at 57 (1937-1994)

Birthplace: Rwanda

Juvénal Habyarimana (Kinyarwanda: [hɑbɟɑ̂ːɾimɑ̂ːnɑ]; French: [ʒy.ve.nal a.bja.ʁi.ma.na]; March 8, 1937 – April 6, 1994) was the 2nd President of Rwanda, serving longer than any other ...more
Agathe Uwilingiyimana is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Dec. at 41 (1953-1994)

Birthplace: Rwanda

Agathe Uwilingiyimana (Kinyarwanda: [uwiliɲɟijimɑ̂ːnɑ]; 23 May 1953 – 7 April 1994), sometimes known as Madame Agathe, was a Rwandan political figure. She served as Prime Minister of Rwanda from ...more
Kigeli V of Rwanda is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Age: 82

Birthplace: Rwanda

Kigeli V Ndahindurwa (born Jean-Baptiste Ndahindurwa; 29 June 1936 – 16 October 2016) was the last ruling King (Mwami) of Rwanda, from 28 July 1959 until the abolition of the Rwandan monarchy on ...more
Pasteur Bizimungu is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Pasteur Bizimungu Age: 69

Birthplace: Gisenyi, Rwanda

Pasteur Bizimungu (born 1950) was the third 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

Birthplace: Kigali, Rwanda

Fils Olivier Karekezi (Kinyarwanda pronunciation: [olivje kaɾeˌcezi] (listen); born 25 May 1983) is a Rwandan footballer who currently plays for Swedish side Råå IF in Division 3 ...more
Pierre Habumuremyi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Pierre Habumuremyi Age: 58

Birthplace: Rwanda

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

Birthplace: Gisenyi, Rwanda

Salomon Nirisarike is a Rwandan footballer.
Aphrodis Hategekimana is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Aphrodis Hategekimana Age: 29

Birthplace: Rwanda

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

Birthplace: Rwanda

Anisia Uzeyman (born Anisziya Uwizeyimana February, 1975 Gihindamuyaga Mbazi, Rwanda) is a Rwandan actress and playwright.
Faustin Twagiramungu is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Faustin Twagiramungu Age: 74

Birthplace: Cyangugu, Rwanda

Faustin Twagiramungu (born 14 August 1945) is a Rwandan politician. He was Prime Minister from 1994 until his resignation in 1995, the first head of government appointed after the Rwandan ...more
Charles Murigande is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Charles Murigande Age: 60

Birthplace: Butare, Rwanda

Charles Murigande (born August 15, 1958) 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 ...more
Abdul Sibomana is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Age: 37

Birthplace: Rwanda

Abdul Sibomana (born December 10, 1981, in Rwanda) 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

Birthplace: Kigali, Rwanda

Benjamin Sehene (born 1959) is a Rwandan author whose work primarily focuses on questions of identity and the events surrounding the Rwandan genocide. He spent much of his life in Canada and ...more
Callixte Mbarushimana is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Callixte Mbarushimana Age: 55

Birthplace: Ruhengeri, Rwanda

Callixte Mbarushimana is a Hutu Rwandan and former United Nations employee (1992–2001) who is alleged to have participated in the Rwandan Genocide of 1994. On 28 September 2010, Mbarushimana was ...more
Mohammed Jashat is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Mohammed Jashat Age: 41

Birthplace: Rwanda

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

Birthplace: Rwanda

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

Birthplace: Rwanda

Olivier Kwizera is a Rwandan footballer.
Ishmael Ntihabose is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Ishmael Ntihabose

Birthplace: Rwanda

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

Birthplace: Ruhango District, Rwanda

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

Birthplace: Kigali, Rwanda

Sonia Rolland (born 11 February 1981) is a Rwandan-French actress and was Miss France in the year 2000. She was also a contestant in the Miss Universe competition. She was the first African-born ...more
Jean-Luc Ndayishimiye is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Jean-Luc Ndayishimiye Age: 27

Birthplace: Rwanda

Jean-Luc Eric Bakame Ndayishimiye (born 25 May 1991) 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 ...more
Richard Sezibera is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Richard Sezibera Age: 54

Birthplace: Kigali, Rwanda

Richard Sezibera (born June 5, 1964 in Kigali, Rwanda) is a Rwandan medical doctor, diplomat and politician, who serves as the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, effective 18 October ...more
Augustin Banyaga is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Age: 71

Birthplace: Kigali, Rwanda

Augustin Banyaga (born March 31, 1947) is a Rwandan-born American mathematician whose research fields include symplectic topology and contact geometry. He is currently a Professor of Mathematics ...more
Dominique Mbonyumutwa is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Dominique Mbonyumutwa Dec. at 65 (1921-1986)

Birthplace: Rwanda

Dominique Mbonyumutwa (January 1921 – 26 July 1986) was a Rwandan politician who served on an interim basis as the first President of Rwanda, from 1 January to 1960, 26 October 1961, following ...more
Donald Kaberuka is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Rwanda
Donald Kaberuka Age: 67

Birthplace: Byumba, Rwanda

Donald P. Kaberuka (born 5 October 1951) is a Rwandan economist and was the president of the African Development Bank from September 2005 until September 2015.