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List of famous people from Tanzania, 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 Tanzania, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Tanzania 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 Tanzania, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

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Ian Iqbal Rashid is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
Ian Iqbal Rashid age 47 Ian Iqbal Rashid is a poet, screenwriter and film maker. In his early childhood, his family were forced to leave Tanzania. After failing to secure asylum in the UK and US, they settled in ...more

Narendra Patel, Baron Patel is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
Narendra Patel, Baron Patel age 79 Narendra Babubhai Patel, Baron Patel, KT, FMedSci, FRSE is a British-Tanzanian obstetrician and cross bench peer, and Chancellor of the University of Dundee.

John Malecela is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
John Malecela age 83 John Samuel Malecela in Bugiri Dodoma, was Prime Minister of Tanzania from 1990-11-09–1994-12-07. He served as the vice-chairman of the CCM from 1995 to 2007, and a member of the CCM Central ...more

Ahmed Ghailani is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
Ahmed Ghailani age 44 Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani is a conspirator of the al-Qaeda terrorist organization convicted for his role in the bombing of embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. He was indicted in the United States as a ...more

David Adjaye is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
David Adjaye age 52 David Adjaye OBE is a British architect.

Katherine Scholes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
Katherine Scholes age 58 Katherine Anne Scholes is an Australian writer. She was born in the Dodoma Region of Tanzania where her parents were English missionaries, and spent most of her childhood there before moving to ...more

Farhan Lalji is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
Farhan Lalji Farhan Lalji is a Vancouver-based sports reporter for TSN. He previously anchored SportsDesk between 1997 and 2000. He graduated from Simon Fraser University in liberal arts with a minor in ...more

Clare Peploe is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
Clare Peploe age 76 Clare Peploe is a film director and screenwriter.

Faisal Devji is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
Faisal Devji age 54 Faisal Devji is a historian who specializes in studies of Islam, globalization, violence and ethics. His multidisciplinary work grounds empirical historical issues in philosophical questions. He ...more

Michael Riegels is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
Michael Riegels age 80 Michael Riegels, QC was the inaugural chairman of the Financial Services Commission of the British Virgin Islands. He is a qualified barrister and was formerly the senior partner of Harneys from ...more

Jakaya Kikwete is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
Jakaya Kikwete age 67 Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete is the fourth President of Tanzania, in office since 2005. Prior to his election as President, he was the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1995 to 2005 under his ...more

Benjamin Mkapa is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
Benjamin Mkapa age 79 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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Mizengo Pinda is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
Mizengo Pinda age 69 Mizengo Kayanza Peter Pinda is a Tanzanian CCM politician who has been Prime Minister of Tanzania since 2008. He has also served as a Member of Parliament since 2000.

Abdur Raheem Green is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
Abdur Raheem Green age 56 Abdur Raheem Green is a British Muslim convert who is known in some Muslim communities for his work in Dawah, both in televised formal settings and informal contexts such as Hyde Park's Speakers ...more

El-Farouk Khaki is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
El-Farouk Khaki age 54 El-Farouk Khaki is a Canadian refugee and immigration lawyer, and human rights activist on issues including gender equality, sexual orientation, and progressive Islam. He was the New Democratic ...more

John Gower is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
John Gower Died at 74 (1931-2005) John Gower is an actor.

Euphrase Kezilahabi is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
Euphrase Kezilahabi age 73 Euphrase Kezilahabi is a Tanzanian novelist, poet, and scholar. Born in Ukerewe, Tanganyika, he is currently based at the University of Botswana, where he is an Associate Professor at the ...more

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Ammaar Ghadiyali is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
Ammaar Ghadiyali age 20 Ammaar Shabbir Ghadiyali is a Tanzanian swimmer. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, he competed in the Men's 100 metre freestyle, finishing in 55th place overall in the heats, failing to qualify for ...more

Bhavesh Govind is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
Bhavesh Govind age 38 Bhavesh Govind is a Tanzanian cricket player.

Abhik Patwa is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
Abhik Patwa age 31 Abhik Patwa is a Tanzanian cricket player.

Hasnain Damji is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
Hasnain Damji age 35 Hasnain Damji is a Tanzanian cricket player.

Khalil Rehmtullah is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
Khalil Rehmtullah age 32 Khalil Rehmtullah is a Tanzanian cricket player.

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Anna Tibaijuka is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
Anna Tibaijuka age 67 Anna Kajumulo Tibaijuka is a Tanzanian CCM politician and Member of Parliament for Muleba South constituency since 2010. She served as the Minister of Lands, Housing and Human Settlement ...more

Benson Mwita is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
Benson Mwita age 30 Benson Mwita is a Tanzanian cricket player.

Issa Kikasi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
Issa Kikasi age 31 Issa Kikasi is a Tanzanian cricket player.

Hamisi Abdallah is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
Hamisi Abdallah age 30 Hamisi Abdallah is a Tanzanian cricket player.

Athumani Kakonzi is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
Athumani Kakonzi age 29 Athumani Kakonzi is a Tanzanian cricket player.

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Kassim Nassoro is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
Kassim Nassoro age 29 Kassim Nassoro is a Tanzanian cricket player.

Luisa Baldini is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
Luisa Baldini Luisa Baldini is Anglo-Italian news reporter and presenter, presently working for BBC News.

James Leslie is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
James Leslie Died at 51 (1958-2009) James Seymour Leslie was a Unionist politician in Northern Ireland. Born in Singida, Tanzania, and educated at Eton College, Leslie read law and land economy at Queens' College, Cambridge, ...more

Paul Bomani is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
Paul Bomani Died at 80 (1925-2005) Paul Bomani was a Tanzanian politician and ambassador to the United States and Mexico.

Haruna Moshi is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
Haruna Moshi age 30 Haruna Moshi Shabani is a Tanzanian footballer. He currently plays for Simba SC based in Dar es salaam

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Joseph Warioba is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
Joseph Warioba age 77 Joseph Sinde Warioba served as Prime Minister of Tanzania from 1985 to 1990. Furthermore, he served concurrently as the country's vice president. He is currently a judge on the East African ...more

Henry Joseph Shindika is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
Henry Joseph Shindika age 32 Henry Joseph Shindika is a Tanzanian footballer. He currently plays for Kongsvinger.

Tippu Tip is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
Tippu Tip Died at 68 (1837-1905) Tippu Tip or Tib, real name Hamad bin Muḥammad bin Jumah bin Rajab bin Muḥammad bin Sa‘īd al-Murghabī, was a Swahili-Zanzibari trader. He was known by the natives of the African Great Lakes as ...more

Mark Behr is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
Mark Behr age 54 Mark Behr is a Tanzanian born writer who grew up in South Africa. He is professor of English Literature and Creative Writing at Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee. He also teaches in the MA ...more

Happygod Msuvan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
Happygod Msuvan age 24 Happygod Msuvan is a Tanzanian soccer player.

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Thomas Marealle is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
Thomas Marealle Died at 92 (1915-2007) Chief Thomas Lenana Marealle II OBE was the Paramount Chief of the Chagga people of Tanzania and a politician. After winning a paramont chieftainship election, which he ran against Abdi Shangali ...more

Zakia Mrisho Mohamed is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
Zakia Mrisho Mohamed age 34 Zakia Mrisho Mohamed is a Tanzanian long distance runner who specialises in track and road running. She represented her country in the 5000 metres at the 2008 Olympic Games. Born in Singida, She ...more

Adi Yussuf is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
Adi Yussuf age 26 Abdillahie Yussuf is a professional footballer who plays for Oxford City as a striker.

Bi Kidude is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
Bi Kidude Bi Kidude is a film score composer.

Hilde Frafjord Johnson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
Hilde Frafjord Johnson age 54 Hilde Frafjord Johnson is a Norwegian politician from the Christian Democratic Party. She is a former Minister of International Development of Norway, and member of the Norwegian Government. She ...more

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Sospeter Muhongo is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
Sospeter Muhongo Sospeter M. Muhongo, FGSAf, FTWAS, FAAS, CGeol, EurGeol, MASSAf, FGIGE, MP is a Tanzanian geologist and a nominated member of the Tanzanian Parliament. He served as the Minister of Energy and ...more

Augustine Mahiga is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
Augustine Mahiga age 72 Augustine Philip Mahiga is a Tanzanian diplomat. He previously served as the Permanent Representative of Tanzania to the United Nations, and later as the UN Special Representative and Head of ...more

Firoz Kassam is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
Firoz Kassam age 63 Firoz Kassam is a Tanzanian-born, businessman. He is the former owner of Oxford United F.C. He was born in Tanzania, and is of Indian descent. He came to Britain as an exile during the 1970s. In ...more

Lulu James is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
Lulu James age 26 Lulu James is a British electronic and soul singer.

Rishen Patel is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
Rishen Patel age 32 Rishen Patel is a Tanzanian cricket player.

Felix Mkosamali is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
Felix Mkosamali age 31 Felix Francis Mkosamali is a Tanzanian NCCR–Mageuzi politician and Member of Parliament for Muhambwe constituency since 2010.

Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
Freddie Mercury Died at 45 (1946-1991) Freddie Mercury was a British singer, songwriter and producer, best known as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the rock band Queen. As a performer, he was known for his flamboyant stage persona ...more

Dimitri Panayotopoulos is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
Dimitri Panayotopoulos age 66