Famous People From Uganda

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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If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Uganda?" or "Which celebrities were born in Uganda?" then this list is a great resource for you.
  • Idi Amin

    Dec. at 78 (1925-2003)

    BirthplaceKoboko, Uganda

    Idi Amin Dada Oumee (; c. 1925 – 16 August 2003) was a Ugandan military officer who served as the President of Uganda from 1971 to 1979. Popularly known as the "Butcher of Uganda," he is considered  ...more

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  • Irshad Manji

    Age: 53


    Irshad Manji (born 1968) is a Canadian author, educator, and advocate of a reformist interpretation of Islam. She is a well-known critic of Islamic fundamentalism, which she has argued is in the  ...more
  • James Makubuya

    James K. Makubuya (born in Gayaza, Wakiso District, Uganda) is a Ugandan-born ethnomusicologist, instrumentalist, singer, dancer, and choreographer. He plays several traditional instruments from  ...more
  • King Achilla Orru Apaa-idomo

    King Achilla Orru Apaa-idomo is a Juno Awards nominated music artist.  ...more
  • Wasswa Serwanga

    Age: 45

    BirthplaceKampala, Uganda

    Wasswa Serwanga (wasswa meaning older male twin) (born July 23, 1976) is a former American football cornerback in the National Football League and Arena Football League. He played one season for the  ...more
  • David Kato

    Dec. at 46 (1964-2011)


    David Kato Kisule (c. 1964 – 26 January 2011) 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  ...more
  • Marcel Theroux

    Age: 53

    BirthplaceKampala, Uganda

    Marcel Raymond Theroux (born 13 June 1968) is an English novelist and broadcaster. He wrote A Stranger in The Earth and The Confessions of Mycroft Holmes: A Paper Chase, for which he won the Somerset  ...more
  • Yoweri Museveni

    Age: 77

    BirthplaceNtungamo, Uganda

    Yoweri Kaguta Museveni (pronunciation ; born 15 September 1944) is a Ugandan politician who has been President of Uganda since 1986. Museveni was involved in rebellions that toppled notorious Ugandan  ...more
  • Augustus Nuwagaba

    Age: 57


    Augustus Nuwagaba is an international consultant on economic transformation. He is a wealth creation expert in Africa. He recently qualified (MBA)in application of central bank monetary policy on  ...more
  • BirthplaceIganga District, Uganda

    Aggrey Siryoyi Awori (born 23 February 1939) is a Ugandan economist and politician who was Minister for Information and Communications Technology in the Cabinet of Uganda from 16 February 2009 to 27  ...more
  • Moses Ali

    Age: 82

    BirthplaceAdjumani District, Uganda

    General Moses Ali (born 5 April 1939) is a Ugandan politician and retired general. He is the First Deputy Prime Minister and Deputy Leader of Government Business in Parliament. He was appointed to  ...more
  • Okello Oculi

    Age: 79

    BirthplaceDokolo, Uganda

    Okello Oculi (born 1 January 1942) 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.  ...more
  • Phill Lewis

    Age: 53

    BirthplaceUganda, East Africa

    Phill Lewis (born February 14, 1968) is an American actor, comedian and director, known for his role as Mr. Moseby on the Disney Channel series The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and its spin-off, The  ...more
  • Rachel Mayanja

    Age: 73


    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 to  ...more
  • BirthplaceFort Portal, Uganda

    Andrew Mwenda (born 1972) is a Ugandan print, radio and television journalist, and the founder and owner of The Independent, a current affairs newsmagazine. He was previously the political editor of  ...more
  • Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

    Age: 71

    BirthplaceKampala, Uganda

    Yasmin Alibhai-Brown (née Damji; born 10 December 1949) is a British journalist and author, who describes herself as "a leftie liberal, anti-racist, feminist, Muslim". A regular columnist for the i  ...more
  • BirthplaceUganda

    Ezra Suruma (born 11 November 1945) is a Ugandan economist, banker, and academic. He became the chancellor of Makerere University in January 2016. He formerly served as a senior adviser to the  ...more
  • Samuel Sejjaaka

    Age: 57


    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. Between  ...more
  • Tarique Ghaffur

    Age: 63

    BirthplaceJinja, Uganda

    Tarique Ghaffur, CBE, QPM (; born 8 June 1958) is a former high-ranking British police officer in London's Metropolitan Police Service. His last post was that of Assistant Commissioner–Central  ...more
  • Robert Kayanja

    Robert Kayanja is the founder and Senior Pastor of the Miracle Centre Cathedral, a megachurch in Kampala Founder and CEO of a Christian television Channel 44 Television (Miracle Ltd).  ...more
  • Rebecca Kadaga

    Age: 65

    BirthplaceKamuli, Uganda

    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 woman to be elected Speaker in the history of the  ...more
  • Fred Wabwire-Mangen

    Frederick Wabwire-Mangen is a Ugandan physician, public health specialist and medical researcher. Currently he is Professor of Epidemiology and Head of Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics at  ...more
  • James Wapakhabulo

    Dec. at 59 (1945-2004)

    BirthplaceMbale, Uganda

    James Francis Wambogo Wapakhabulo (23 March 1945 – 27 March 2004) was a Ugandan politician who served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uganda from 2001 to 2004.  ...more
  • Milton Obote

    Dec. at 79 (1925-2005)

    BirthplaceApac, Uganda

    Apollo Milton Obote (28 December 1925 – 10 October 2005) was a Ugandan political leader who led Uganda to independence in 1962 from British colonial administration. Following the nation's  ...more
  • Werikhe Kafabusa

    Age: 66


    Michael Werikhe Kafabusa (born 1955), commonly known as Werikhe Kafabusa, is a Ugandan politician who currently serves as State Minister for Trade in the Cabinet of Uganda (June 2016 – present). He  ...more