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Famous People From Uganda

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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)

Birthplace: Koboko, 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 ...more

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Irshad Manji is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Uganda
Age: 51

Birthplace: Uganda

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 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Uganda

Birthplace: Gayaza, Uganda

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-i... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Uganda
King Achilla Orru Apaa-idomo

Birthplace: Uganda

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

Birthplace: Kampala, 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 ...more
David Kato is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Uganda
Dec. at 47 (1964-2011)

Birthplace: Uganda

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 ...more
Marcel Theroux is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Uganda
Age: 50

Birthplace: Kampala, Buganda

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 ...more
Yoweri Museveni is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Uganda
Age: 74

Birthplace: Ntungamo District, Uganda, Ntungamo, Africa

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 ...more
Augustus Nuwagaba is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Uganda
Age: 55

Birthplace: Uganda

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 ...more
Aggrey Awori is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Uganda
Age: 80

Birthplace: Iganga 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 ...more
Moses Ali is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Uganda
Age: 79

Birthplace: Adjumani 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 ...more
Okello Oculi is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Uganda
Age: 77

Birthplace: Uganda, Dokolo, Dokolo District, Africa

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 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Uganda
Age: 51

Birthplace: Uganda

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 ...more
Rachel Mayanja is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Uganda
Age: 71

Birthplace: Uganda

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

Birthplace: Fort 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 ...more
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Uganda
Age: 69

Birthplace: Kampala, Buganda

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 ...more
Ezra Suruma is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Uganda
Age: 73

Birthplace: Uganda

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 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Uganda
Age: 55

Birthplace: Uganda

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

Birthplace: Jinja, 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 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Uganda

Birthplace: Gayaza, Uganda

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

Birthplace: Kamuli, 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 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Uganda

Birthplace: Uganda

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 & ...more
James Wapakhabulo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Uganda
Dec. at 59 (1945-2004)

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

Birthplace: Apac, 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 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Uganda
Age: 63

Birthplace: Uganda

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). ...more