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List of famous writers from Uganda, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Uganda is home to many prolific writers, including those who write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biographies and more. These are some of the best Ugandan writers that have ever lived, so if you're a native of Uganda and an aspiring writer then use this list as inspiration to achieve your own writing goals.

The list you're viewing is made up of different writers like Moses Isegawa and Monica Arac de Nyeko.

This list answers the questions, "Who are popular Ugandan writers?" and "Which writers are from Uganda?"

You can click on the names of these renowned writers of Uganda in order to get more information about each one. Some of these historic writers may no longer be living in Uganda, but they're all of Uganda descent.
Mahmood Mamdani is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from Uganda
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Professor Mahmood Mamdani is a Ugandan academic, author and political commentator. He is the Director of the Makerere Institute of Social Research, the Herbert Lehman Professor of Government at the School of International and Public Affairs and the Professor of Anthropology, Political Science and African Studies at Columbia University. ...more

Birthplace: Mumbai, India

Nationality: Uganda

Works: When Victims Become Killers, Beyond Rights Talk and Culture Talk, Identity, Uganda Studies in Labour, African Studies in Social Movements and Democracy, + more

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Scott Hicks is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Uganda
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Robert Scott Hicks is an Australian film director and screenwriter. He is best known as the screenwriter and director of Shine, the Oscar-winning biopic of pianist David Helfgott. Hicks's work has been nominated for an Academy Award as well as winning an Emmy Award. Other movies he directed include the film adaptations of Stephen King's Hearts in Atlantis and Nicholas Sparks's The Lucky One. ...more

Birthplace: Uganda, Africa

Nationality: Australia

Works: Snow Falling on Cedars, Sebastian and the Sparrow

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Okello Oculi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Uganda
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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 served as Professor of Social & Economic Research at Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, Nigeria. ...more

Birthplace: Dokolo, Uganda

Nationality: Nigeria, Uganda

Works: Malak, Food and revolution in Africa, Kanta Riti, Prostitute, Song for the sun in us, + more

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Mary Lewis


Mary Lewis is an actress and filmmaker from St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. She was the recipient of the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council Artist of the Year Award in 1999. ...more

Birthplace: Kampala, Buganda

Nationality: Uganda

Works: When Ponds Freeze Over