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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.

The list you're viewing is made up of a variety of different people, including Postnet Omony and Okot Odhiambo.

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

    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...  more

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  • Irshad Manji


    Irshad Manji (born 1968) is a Canadian author, educator, and advocate of a reformist...  more
  • James K. Makubuya (born in Gayaza, Wakiso District, Uganda) is a Ugandan-born...  more
  • King Achilla Orru Apaa-idomo

    King Achilla Orru Apaa-idomo is a Juno Awards nominated music artist....  more
  • BirthplaceKampala, Uganda

    Wasswa Serwanga (wasswa meaning older male twin) (born July 23, 1976) is a former American...  more
  • David Kato

    David Kato

    Dec. at 47 (1964-2011)


    David Kato Kisule (c. 1964 – 26 January 2011) was a Ugandan teacher and LGBT rights activist,...  more
  • Marcel Theroux

    BirthplaceKampala, Buganda

    Marcel Raymond Theroux (born 13 June 1968) is an English novelist and broadcaster. He wrote A...  more
  • Yoweri Museveni

    BirthplaceNtungamo District, Uganda, Ntungamo, Africa

    Yoweri Kaguta Museveni (pronunciation ; born 15 September 1944) is a Ugandan politician who...  more
  • Augustus Nuwagaba


    Augustus Nuwagaba is an international consultant on economic transformation. He is a wealth...  more
  • Aggrey Awori

    BirthplaceIganga District, Uganda

    Aggrey Siryoyi Awori (born 23 February 1939) is a Ugandan economist and politician who was...  more
  • Moses Ali

    Age: 81

    BirthplaceAdjumani District, Uganda

    General Moses Ali (born 5 April 1939) is a Ugandan politician and retired general. He is the...  more
  • Okello Oculi

    BirthplaceUganda, Dokolo, Dokolo District, Africa

    Okello Oculi (born 1 January 1942) is a Ugandan novelist, poet, and chronicler of rural...  more
  • Phill Lewis


    Phill Lewis (born February 14, 1968) is an American actor, comedian and director, known for...  more
  • Rachel Mayanja


    Rachel N. Mayanja is a Ugandan lawyer and diplomat. Currently, she serves as the United...  more
  • Andrew Mwenda

    BirthplaceFort Portal, Uganda

    Andrew Mwenda (born 1972) is a Ugandan print, radio and television journalist, and the founder...  more
  • Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

    BirthplaceKampala, Buganda

    Yasmin Alibhai-Brown (née Damji; born 10 December 1949) is a British journalist and author,...  more
  • BirthplaceUganda

    Ezra Suruma (born 11 November 1945) is a Ugandan economist, banker, and academic. He became...  more
  • BirthplaceUganda

    Professor Samuel Sejjaaka is a Ugandan accountant, university professor, and businessman. He...  more
  • Tarique Ghaffur

    BirthplaceJinja, Uganda

    Tarique Ghaffur, CBE, QPM (; born 8 June 1958) is a former high-ranking British police officer...  more
  • Robert Kayanja
    Robert Kayanja is the founder and Senior Pastor of the Miracle Centre Cathedral, a megachurch...  more
  • Rebecca Kadaga

    BirthplaceKamuli, Uganda

    Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga is a Ugandan lawyer and politician who has been Speaker of the...  more
  • Frederick Wabwire-Mangen is a Ugandan physician, public health specialist and medical...  more
  • James Wapakhabulo

    James Wapakhabulo

    Dec. at 59 (1945-2004)

    BirthplaceMbale, Uganda

    James Francis Wambogo Wapakhabulo (23 March 1945 – 27 March 2004) was a Ugandan politician who...  more
  • Milton Obote

    Milton Obote

    Dec. at 80 (1925-2005)

    BirthplaceApac, Uganda

    Apollo Milton Obote (28 December 1925 – 10 October 2005) was a Ugandan political leader who...  more
  • BirthplaceUganda

    Michael Werikhe Kafabusa (born 1955), commonly known as Werikhe Kafabusa, is a Ugandan...  more