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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
Idi Amin Died 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

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Irshad Manji is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Uganda
Irshad Manji age 47 - 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 Makubuya 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
Wasswa Serwanga age 39 - 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
David Kato Died 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
Marcel Theroux age 48 - 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
Yoweri Museveni age 72 - 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
Augustus Nuwagaba age 51 - 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
Aggrey Awori age 78 - 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
Moses Ali age 78 - 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
Okello Oculi age 75 - 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
Phill Lewis age 47 - 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
Rachel Mayanja age 67 - 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
Andrew Mwenda age 45 - 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

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Yasmin Alibhai-Brown is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Uganda
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown age 67 - 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
Ezra Suruma age 70 - 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
Samuel Sejjaaka age 51 - 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
Tarique Ghaffur age 58 - 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 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
Rebecca Kadaga age 60 - 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
Fred Wabwire-Mangen 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
James Wapakhabulo Died 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
Milton Obote Died 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
Werikhe Kafabusa age 61 - 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

Eriya Kategaya is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Uganda
Eriya Kategaya Died at 68 (1945-2013) - Eriya Kategaya was a Ugandan lawyer and politician. At the time of his death he was Uganda's First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for East African Community Affairs. He was also an ex ...more

Norbert Mao is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Uganda
Norbert Mao age 48 - Norbert Mao is a Ugandan lawyer and politician. He is the current president of the Democratic Party, and the Local Council 5 Chairman for Gulu District.

Simon Lokodo is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Uganda
Simon Lokodo age 58 - Simon Lokodo is a Ugandan politician. He is the current State Minister of Ethics & Integrity in the Office of the President, in Uganda's Cabinet. He was appointed to that position on 27 May ...more

Okot p'Bitek is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Uganda
Okot p'Bitek Died at 51 (1931-1982) - Okot p'Bitek was a Ugandan poet, who achieved wide international recognition for Song of Lawino, a long poem dealing with the tribulations of a rural African wife whose husband has taken up ...more

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Daudi Migereko is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Uganda
Daudi Migereko age 60 - Daudi Migereko is the current Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development in the Ugandan Cabinet. He was appointed to that position on 27 May 2011. He replaced Omara Atubo, who was dropped ...more

Henry Oryem Okello is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Uganda
Henry Oryem Okello age 55 - Henry Oryem Okello is a Ugandan lawyer and politician. He is the current State Minister for Foreign Affairs. He was appointed to that position in 2004. In the cabinet reshuffles of 1 June 2006, ...more

Cornelius Boza Edwards is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Uganda
Cornelius Boza Edwards age 60 - Cornelius Boza Edwards was a Ugandan boxer in the Lightweight division and the former WBC Super Featherweight Champion. Edwards emigrated from Uganda to England, where he lived for a long ...more

Matthew Lukwiya is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Uganda
Matthew Lukwiya Died at 43 (1957-2000) - Matthew Lukwiya was a Ugandan physician and the supervisor of St. Mary's Hospital Lacor, outside of Gulu. He was at the forefront of the 2000 Ebola virus disease outbreak in Uganda.

Dorcus Inzikuru is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Uganda
Dorcus Inzikuru age 33 - Dorcus Inzikuru is a Ugandan track and field athlete, competing in the steeplechase. She won the inaugural world title in women's 3000 m steeplechase, as well as the first Commonwealth title in ...more

Richard Gibson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Uganda
Richard Gibson age 63 - Richard Gibson is an English actor, probably best known for his role as the archetypal Gestapo Officer Herr Otto Flick in the BBC hit sitcom series, 'Allo 'Allo!.

Aronda Nyakairima is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Uganda
Aronda Nyakairima age 56 - General Aronda Nyakairima is a Ugandan Army officer who currently serves in the Ugandan Cabinet, as Minister of Internal Affairs since 2013. Previously he was Chief of Defense Forces, the ...more

Muwenda Mutebi II of Buganda is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Uganda
Muwenda Mutebi II of Buganda age 60 - Ronald Edward Frederick Kimera Muwenda Mutebi II is the reigning Kabaka of the Kingdom of Buganda, a constitutional kingdom in modern-day Uganda. He is the thirty-sixth Kabaka of Buganda.

Edward Ssekandi is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Uganda
Edward Ssekandi age 72 - Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi is a Ugandan lawyer and politician who has been Vice President of Uganda since 24 May 2011. Prior to that, he served as the Speaker of Parliament of Uganda from 2001 ...more

Roger Mukasa is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Uganda
Roger Mukasa age 26 - Roger Galwanao Mukasa, born 22 August 1989, is a Ugandan cricketer. He played in the 2006 U-19 Cricket World Cup in Sri Lanka. He has represented Uganda in first-class, List A and Twenty20

Thembo Nyombi is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Uganda
Thembo Nyombi age 52 - George William Thembo Nyombi is a Ugandan economist and politician. He is the current State Minister for Information Technology in the Ugandan Cabinet. He was appointed to that position on 27 ...more

Charles Olweny is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Uganda
Charles Olweny age 73 - Professor Charles Mark Lwanga Olweny, MBChB, MMed, MD, FRACP, is a Ugandan physician, oncologist, academic and medical researcher. Currently he is a professor of medicine and Immediate past ...more

Charles Waiswa is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Uganda
Charles Waiswa age 34 - Charles Waiswa is an Ugandan cricketer who played in the 2005 ICC Trophy in Ireland. He spent a short period of time in the Nottinghamshire Premier Cricket league at Killamarsh Juniors Cricket ...more

Henry Bagiire is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Uganda
Henry Bagiire age 47 - Henry Aggrey Bagiire is a Ugandan educator and politician. He served as the State Minister for Agriculture in the Ugandan Cabinet, from 16 February 2009 until 27 May 2011. In the cabinet ...more

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Michael Mutyaba is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Uganda
Michael Mutyaba age 24 - Mike Mutyaba is a Ugandan professional footballer who plays for TP Mazembe of Linafoot. He usually plays as attacking midfield on the left however he has the ability to play effectively on the ...more

Geoffrey Oryema is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Uganda
Geoffrey Oryema age 62 - Geoffrey Oryema is an internationally renowned Ugandan musician. In 1977, at the age of 24 and at the height of Idi Amin's power, Oryema was smuggled across the Ugandan border in the trunk of a ...more

Bazilio Olara-Okello is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Uganda
Bazilio Olara-Okello Died at 61 (1929-1990) - Bazilio Olara-Okello was a Ugandan military officer and one of the commanders of the Uganda National Liberation Army that together with the Tanzanian army overthrew Idi Amin in 1979. In 1985, he ...more

Charles Onyango-Obbo is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Uganda
Charles Onyango-Obbo age 57 - Charles "Mase" Onyango-Obbo, also Charles Onyango Obbo, is a Ugandan author, journalist, and Editor of Mail & Guardian Africa. He is a former Managing Editor of The Monitor, a ...more

Kato Serwanga is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Uganda
Kato Serwanga age 39 - Kato E. Serwanga is a former American football cornerback in the National Football League. He attended the University of California at Berkeley, Sacramento State University and the University of ...more

Kassim Ouma is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Uganda
Kassim Ouma age 38 - Kassim Ouma is a Ugandan boxer. He is currently the North American Boxing Association middleweight champion.

Mutesa II of Buganda is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Uganda
Mutesa II of Buganda Died at 45 (1924-1969) - Major General Sir Edward Frederick William David Walugembe Mutebi Luwangula Mutesa II KBE, was Kabaka of the Kingdom of Buganda from 22 November 1939 until his death. He was the thirty-fifth ...more