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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.

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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.

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Mahmood Mamdani is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from Uganda
age 72 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 ...more

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Scott Hicks is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Uganda
age 65 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 ...more

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Okello Oculi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Uganda
age 76 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

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Mary Lewis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Uganda
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.

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Joseph Kenneth Ssebaggala is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from Uganda
Joseph Kenneth Ssebaggala age 35 Joseph Kenneth Ssebaggala is a film director, producer, editor and screenwriter.

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Milton Obote is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from Uganda
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

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Monica Arac de Nyeko is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from Uganda
age 39 Monica Arac de Nyeko is a Ugandan writer of short fiction, poetry, and essays, living in Nairobi. In 2007 she became the first Ugandan to win the Caine Prize for African Writing, with her story ...more

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Okot p'Bitek is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Uganda
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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Moses Isegawa is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from Uganda
Moses Isegawa age 55 Moses Isegawa, also known as Sey Wava, is a Ugandan author. He has written novels set against the political turmoil of Uganda, which he left in 1990 for the Netherlands. His debut novel, ...more

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Charles Onyango-Obbo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from Uganda
age 60 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

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Julius Ocwinyo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from Uganda
age 57 Julius Ocwinyo is a Ugandan editor, poet and novelist. His novels include Fate of the Banished, The Unfulfilled Dream and Footprints of the Outsider. His work has appeared in several news papers ...more

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Apolo Kagwa is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from Uganda
Died at 58 (1869-1927) Sir Apolo Kagwa KCMG MBE is considered Buganda's first and foremost ethnographer. He was appointed prime minister of the Kingdom of Buganda by King Mwanga II in 1890, and served in that capacity ...more

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Benedicto Kiwanuka is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from Uganda
Died at 50 (1922-1972) Benedicto Kagimu Mugumba Kiwanuka was the first Prime Minister of Uganda, leader of the Democratic Party and one of the early leaders that led the country in the transition between colonial ...more

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Peter Nazareth is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from Uganda
age 78 Peter Nazareth is a Ugandan-born critic and writer of fiction and drama.

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China Keitetsi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from Uganda
China Keitetsi age 42 China Keitetsi is a Ugandan activist who has won international renown as a campaigner for the plight of child soldiers. The memoirs of Keitetsi, a former child soldier herself, have been ...more

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Timothy Wangusa is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Uganda
age 76 Timothy Wangusa is a Ugandan poet and novelist. Wangusa was chairman of Uganda Writers Association and founder president of International PEN Uganda Centre.

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Michael Ezra is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Writers from Uganda
Michael Ezra age 45 Michael Ezra Mulyoowa is believed to be one of the wealthiest Africans. He is the owner of SunSpace International, a holding company registered in the Seychelles, and a founding patron of the ...more

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Jane Musoke-Nteyafas is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Writers from Uganda
Jane Musoke-Nteyafas age 42 Jane Musoke-Nteyafas is a poet, writer, visual artist, columnist and playwright. She was born in Moscow, Russia, to Truman Musoke-Nteyafas, an Ugandan diplomat and politician, and Beatrice ...more

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Ephraim Kamuntu is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Writers from Uganda
age 70 Ephraim Kamuntu is a Ugandan management scientist and politician. He is the current Minister of Water and Environment in the Ugandan Cabinet. He was appointed to that position on 15 August 2012. ...more

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Mary Karoro Okurut is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Writers from Uganda
Mary Karoro Okurut age 64 Mary Busingye Karooro Okurut, more commonly known as Mary Karooro Okurut, is a Ugandan educator, author and politician. She is the current Minister for Security in the Ugandan Cabinet. She was ...more

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Elvania Namukwaya Zirimu is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Writers from Uganda
Elvania Namukwaya Zirimu Died at 41 (1938-1979) Elvania Namukwaya Zirimu was a Ugandan poet and dramatist. She formed the Ngoma Players, with the policy of writing and producing Ugandan plays, and was actively concerned with the National

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George Kanyeihamba is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Writers from Uganda
George Kanyeihamba George W. Kanyeihamba was appointed a member of the Supreme Court of Uganda in 1997 and retired in November 2009. Previously, he served as minister of commerce, minister of justice, and ...more

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Henry Kyemba is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Writers from Uganda
age 79 Henry Kyemba is a Ugandan political figure who held several high positions and finally became Minister of Health during Uganda's rule by Idi Amin. He is also the author of State of Blood, a 1977 ...more

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Miria Matembe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Writers from Uganda
Miria Matembe age 65 Dr. Miria Rukoza Koburunga Matembe, LL.D is a former member of the Pan-African Parliament from Uganda. While on the Pan-African Parliament she was chairperson of the Committee on Rules, ...more

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Amon Bazira is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Writers from Uganda
Died at 49 (1944-1993) Amon Bazira was a Pan-Africanist leader and organiser who created an extensive intelligence network that was a clandestine component of the struggle to end the regime of Ugandan military ...more

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Catherine Samali Kavuma is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Writers from Uganda
Catherine Samali Kavuma age 58 Catherine Samali Kavuma is a novelist and a prominent Ugandan personality.

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Rajat Neogy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Writers from Uganda
Rajat Neogy Died at 57 (1938-1995) Rajat Neogy, a Ugandan of Indian ancestry, was a writer, poet and publisher. In Kampala in 1961, at the age of 22 he founded Transition Magazine, which went on to become widely influential on ...more

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Janet Nkabirwa Nsibirwa Mdoe is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Writers from Uganda
Janet Nkabirwa Nsibirwa Mdoe is a writer.

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Noerine Kaleeba is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Writers from Uganda
Noerine Kaleeba Noerine Kaleeba is a Ugandan physiotherapist and educator. She is the co-founder of the Aids activism group "The AIDS Support Organization". She is currently a programme development ...more

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Busingye Kabumba is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Writers from Uganda
Busingye Kabumba age 36 Busingye Kabumba is a Ugandan lawyer and poet. He is a Lecturer-in-Law, Human Rights and Peace Centre, at tha Faculty of Law, Makerere University and a Consulting Partner with M/S Development ...more