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

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Idi Amin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Uganda
Dec. at 78 (1925-2003)
Idi Amin Dada was the third President of Uganda, ruling from 1971 to 1979. Amin joined the British colonial regiment, the King's African Rifles in 1946, serving in Kenya and Uganda. Eventually, ...more

Irshad Manji is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Uganda
age 51
Irshad Manji is a Canadian author, educator at New York University, and advocate of a "reformist" interpretation of Islam. Manji is the founder and director of the Moral Courage ...more

James Makubuya is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Uganda
James K. Makubuya is a Ugandan-born ethnomusicologist, instrumentalist, singer, dancer, and choreographer. He plays several traditional instruments from various parts of Uganda, including the ...more

King Achilla Orru Apaa-idomo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Uganda
King Achilla Orru Apaa-idomo
King Achilla Orru Apaa-idomo is a Juno Awards nominated music artist.

Wasswa Serwanga is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Uganda
age 42
Wasswa Serwanga is a former American football cornerback in the National Football League and Arena Football League. He played one season for the San Francisco 49ers and two for the Minnesota ...more

David Kato is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Uganda
Dec. at 47 (1964-2011)
David Kato Kisule was a Ugandan teacher and LGBT rights activist, considered a father of Uganda's gay rights movement and described as "Uganda's first openly gay man". He served as ...more

Marcel Theroux is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Uganda
age 50
Marcel Raymond Theroux is a British novelist and broadcaster. He wrote The Stranger in The Earth and The Confessions of Mycroft Holmes: a paper chase for which he won the Somerset Maugham Award ...more

Yoweri Museveni is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Uganda
age 74
Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is a Ugandan politician who has been President of Uganda since 29 January 1986. Museveni was involved in rebellions that toppled Ugandan leaders Idi Amin and Milton Obote. ...more

Augustus Nuwagaba is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Uganda
age 55
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

Aggrey Awori is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Uganda
age 80
Aggrey Siryoyi Awori is a Ugandan economist and politician and a member of the ruling National Resistance Movement party. He was the Minister for Information & Communications Technology in ...more

Moses Ali is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Uganda
age 79
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

Okello Oculi is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Uganda
age 77
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

Phill Lewis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Uganda
age 51
Phill Lewis, born Phillip Akon Lewis, is an American actor, director and comedian. He is best known for his role as Mr. Moseby on Disney Channel's The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and its ...more

Rachel Mayanja is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Uganda
age 71
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

Andrew Mwenda is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Uganda
age 47
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

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Uganda
age 69
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

Ezra Suruma is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Uganda
age 73
Dr. Ezra Suruma is a Ugandan economist and banker. He is a Senior Adviser to the President of Uganda on Finance and Economic Planning, a position he has held since 16 February 2009. Previously, ...more

Samuel Sejjaaka is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Uganda
age 55
Professor Samuel Sejjaaka is a Ugandan accountant, university professor, and businessman. He currently serves as Professor of Accounting and Finance at Makerere University Business School. ...more

Tarique Ghaffur is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Uganda
age 60
Tarique Ghaffur, CBE QPM is a former high-ranking British police officer in London's Metropolitan Police Service. His last post was that of Assistant Commissioner–Central Operations.

Robert Kayanja is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Uganda
Robert Kayanja is the founder and Senior Pastor of the Miracle Centre Cathedral, a megachurch in Kampala.

Rebecca Kadaga is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Uganda
age 62
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

Fred Wabwire-Mangen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Uganda
Professor Frederick Wabwire-Mangen, MBChB, DTM&H, MPH, PhD, is a Ugandan physician, public health specialist and medical researcher. Currently he is Professor of Epidemiology and Head of ...more

James Wapakhabulo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Uganda
Dec. at 59 (1945-2004)
James Francis Wambogo Wapakhabulo was the foreign minister of Uganda from 2001 until his death.

Milton Obote is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Uganda
Dec. at 80 (1925-2005)
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

Werikhe Kafabusa is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Uganda
age 63
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