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Famous People From Tanzania

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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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If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Tanzania?" or "Which celebrities were born in Tanzania?" then this list is a great resource for you.
Ian Iqbal Rashid is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
Age: 48

Birthplace: Tanzania, Dar es Salaam, Africa

Ian Iqbal Rashid (born in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania) is a poet, screenwriter and filmmaker known in particular for his volumes of poetry, for the BBC TV series This Life and the feature films ...more
Narendra Patel, Baron Pa... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
Age: 80

Birthplace: Tanzania, Africa

Narendra Babubhai Patel, Baron Patel, (born 11 May 1938) is a British obstetrician and cross bench peer, and a former Chancellor of the University of Dundee.
John Malecela is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
John Malecela Age: 84

Birthplace: Dodoma, Tanzania

John Samuel Malecela (born 19 April 1934) in Bugiri Dodoma, was Prime Minister of Tanzania from November 1990 to December 1994. He served as the vice-chairman of the CCM from 1995 to 2007, and a ...more
Ahmed Ghailani is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
Age: 44

Birthplace: Zanzibar, Tanzania

Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani (Arabic: أحمد خلفان الغيلاني‎, Aḥmad Khalifān al-Ghaīlānī) is a conspirator of the al-Qaeda terrorist organization convicted for his role in the bombing of embassies in ...more
David Adjaye is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
Age: 53

Birthplace: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

David Adjaye OBE is a British architect.
Katherine Scholes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
Age: 59

Birthplace: Tanzania, Africa, Dodoma Region

Katherine Anne Scholes (born 5 July 1959) 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 ...more
Farhan Lalji is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Tanzania

Birthplace: Tanzania

Farhan Lalji is a Vancouver-based sports reporter and the Vancouver Bureau Reporter for TSN's SportsCentre. He previously anchored SportsDesk between 1997 and 2000.
Clare Peploe is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
Age: 77

Birthplace: Tanzania

Clare Peploe is a film director and screenwriter.
Faisal Devji is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
Age: 55

Birthplace: Tanzania, Dar es Salaam, Africa

Faisal Devji is a historian who specializes in studies of Islam, globalization, violence and ethics.
Michael Riegels is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
Michael Riegels Age: 80

Birthplace: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Michael Riegels (pronounced ) 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 ...more
Jakaya Kikwete is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
Jakaya Kikwete Age: 68

Birthplace: Msoga, Tanzania

Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete (born 7 October 1950) is a Tanzanian politician who was the fourth president of Tanzania, in office from 2005 to 2015. Prior to his election as president, he was the ...more
Benjamin Mkapa is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
Age: 80

Birthplace: Ndanda

Benjamin William Mkapa (born November 12, 1938) is a Tanzanian politician who was the third President of Tanzania, in office from 1995 to 2005. He was also Chairman of the Revolutionary State ...more
Mizengo Pinda is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
Mizengo Pinda Age: 70

Birthplace: Rukwa Region, Tanzania

Mizengo Kayanza Peter Pinda (born 12 August 1948) is a Tanzanian CCM politician who was Prime Minister of Tanzania from 2008 to 2015. He was a Member of Parliament from 2000 to 2015.
Abdur Raheem Green is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
Age: 57

Birthplace: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

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: 55

Birthplace: Tanzania

El-Farouk Khaki (born October 26, 1963) is a Tanzanian-born Canadian of Indian origin who is a refugee and immigration lawyer, and human rights activist on issues including gender equality, ...more
John Gower is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
John Gower Dec. at 74 (1931-2005)

Birthplace: Tanzania, Dar es Salaam

John Gower is an actor.
Euphrase Kezilahabi is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
Euphrase Kezilahabi Age: 74

Birthplace: Ukerewe District, Tanzania

Euphrase Kezilahabi (born 13 April 1944) is a Tanzanian novelist, poet, and scholar. Born in Ukerewe, Tanganyika (now in Tanzania), he is currently based at the University of Botswana, where he ...more
Ammaar Ghadiyali is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
Ammaar Ghadiyali Age: 21

Birthplace: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

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

Birthplace: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Bhavesh Govind is a Tanzanian cricket player.
Abhik Patwa is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
Abhik Patwa Age: 32

Birthplace: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Abhik Patwa is a Tanzanian cricket player.
Hasnain Damji is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
Hasnain Damji Age: 36

Birthplace: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Hasnain Damji is a Tanzanian cricket player.
Khalil Rehmtullah is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
Khalil Rehmtullah Age: 33

Birthplace: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Khalil Rehmtullah is a Tanzanian cricket player.
Anna Tibaijuka is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
Age: 68

Birthplace: Tanzania

Anna Kajumulo Tibaijuka (; born 12 October 1950) is a Tanzanian, CCM politician and Member of Parliament for Muleba South constituency since 2010. She served as the Minister of Lands, Housing ...more
Benson Mwita is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
Benson Mwita Age: 31

Birthplace: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Benson Mwita is a Tanzanian cricket player.
Issa Kikasi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Tanzania
Issa Kikasi Age: 32

Birthplace: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Issa Kikasi is a Tanzanian cricket player.