Famous people from Uganda
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Idi Amin Dada was the third President of Uganda, from 1971 to 1979. Amin joined the British colonial regiment, the King's African Rifles in 1946, serving in Somalia and Kenya. Eventually, Amin held the rank of Major general in the post-colonial Ugandan Army and became its Commander before seizing power in the military coup of January 1971, deposing Milton Obote. He later promoted himself to field marshal while he was the head of state. Amin's rule was characterised by human rights abuse, political repression, ethnic persecution, extrajudicial killings, nepotism, corruption, and gross economic mismanagement. The number of people killed as a result of his regime is estimated by international observers and human rights groups to range from 100,000 to 500,000. During his years in power, Amin shifted in allegiance from being a pro-Western ruler enjoying considerable Israeli support to being backed by Libya's Muammar Gaddafi, the Soviet Union, and East Germany. In 1975, Amin became the Chairman of the Organisation of African Unity, a Pan-Africanist group designed to promote solidarity of the African states. During the 1977–1979 period, Uganda was a member of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. In 1977, when Britain broke diplomatic relations with Uganda, Amin declared he had defeated the British and added "CBE", for "Conqueror of the British Empire," to his title. Radio Uganda then announced his entire title: "His Excellency President for Life, Field Marshal Alhaji Dr. Idi Amin Dada, VC, DSO, MC, CBE".
Phill Lewis is an American film and television actor, television director and comedian, often seen in comedic roles. He is best known for his role as Mr. Moseby on Disney Channel's The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and its spin-off, The Suite Life on Deck. He also played T.C. on The Wayans Bros., Hooch on Scrubs and had a recurring role as Roy on Yes, Dear and has played small parts in more than a dozen films. He also appeared in episodes of Lizzie McGuire, as Principal Tweedy and in Friends as Chandler's boss.
Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is a Ugandan politician who has been President of Uganda since 29 January 1986. Museveni was involved in the war that deposed Idi Amin Dada, ending his rule in 1979, and in the rebellion that subsequently led to the demise of the Milton Obote regime in 1985. Museveni has brought relative stability and economic growth to a country that has endured decades of government mismanagement, rebel activity and civil war. His tenure has also witnessed one of the most effective national responses to HIV/AIDS in Africa. In the mid-to-late 1990s, Museveni was lauded by the West as part of a new generation of African leaders. His presidency has been marred, however, by invading and occupying Congo during the Second Congo War and other conflicts in the Great Lakes region. Recent developments, including the abolition of presidential term limits before the 2006 elections, Museveni's confirmation of the Public Order Management Bill — a bill which severely limits freedom of assembly — media censorship and the persecution of democratic opposition have attracted concern from domestic and foreign commentators. Most recently, indicators of an alleged succession to the President's son, Muhoozi Kainerugaba, have increased tensions.
Irshad Manji; is a Canadian author, professor and advocate of a "reform and progressive" interpretation of Islam. Manji is the founder and director of the Moral Courage Project at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University, which aims to teach young leaders to "challenge political correctness, intellectual conformity and self-censorship." In April 2013, the project's YouTube Channel, Moral Courage TV was launched by Manji and professor/activist Cornel West. West spoke of Manji's work as a "powerful force for good." Manji is also founder and president of Project Ijtihad, a charitable organization that has innovated a 24/7 service to help people, especially young Muslims who are struggling with faith. Known as the "Guidance Team", their advice is free of charge and available in multiple languages. Manji is a well-known critic of traditional mainstream Islam and was described by The New York Times as "Osama bin Laden's worst nightmare". Manji's most recent book, Allah, Liberty and Love was released in June 2011 in the US, Canada and other countries. On Manji's website, the book is described: "Allah, Liberty and Love shows all of us how to reconcile faith and freedom in a world seething with repressive dogmas. Manji’s key teaching is "moral courage," the willingness to speak up when everyone else wants to shut you up. This book is the ultimate guide to becoming a gutsy global citizen."
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 Minister of Uganda from 1962 to 1966 and President of Uganda from 1966 to 1971, then again from 1980 to 1985. He was overthrown by Idi Amin in 1971, but regained power after Amin's 1979 overthrow. His second rule was marred by repression and the deaths of many civilians as a result of a civil war known as the Ugandan Bush War.
John Tucker Mugabi Sentamu is the 97th Archbishop of York, Metropolitan of the province of York and Primate of England. The position of Archbishop of York is the second most senior clerical position in the Church of England after that of Archbishop of Canterbury, Primate of All England. Born near Kampala in present-day Uganda, Sentamu studied law at Makerere University before gaining employment as an advocate of the Supreme Court of Uganda. Speaking out against the regime of President Idi Amin, he was briefly imprisoned before fleeing to the United Kingdom in 1974. Here, he devoted himself to Anglicanism, beginning his study of theology at Selwyn College, Cambridge in 1976 and eventually gaining a doctorate in 1984. He studied for ordination at Ridley Hall, Cambridge, and was ordained in 1979. In 1996 he was consecrated as the Bishop of Stepney and in 2002 moved to the position of Bishop of Birmingham. In 2005 he was appointed to the position of Archbishop of York. Sentamu is a traditionalist within the Church of England, generally supporting socially conservative moral positions, publicly criticising multiculturalism and homosexual behaviour. He has also received attention for his vocal criticism of Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe.
Savio Magala Nsereko, more commonly known as Savio, is a Ugandan-born German footballer who is currently a free agent. He can play as a striker, or a winger, but tends to play on the left wing, so that he is able to cut inside the defence and shoot with his right foot.
Stephen Kiprotich is a Ugandan long-distance runner, born in Kapchorwa District. He is the 2012 Olympic champion in the marathon, with a winning time of 2:08:01 in hot, sunny, and humid conditions. This was the first Olympic medal for Uganda since 1996, the first gold medal since 1972, and the first ever in the marathon. His winning of the Moscow IAAF championship marathon on 17th August 2013 has made him the reigning World and Olympic marathon champion.
Robert Scott Hicks is a film director from Australia. 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.
Mutesa II of Buganda
Major General Sir Edward Frederick William David Walugembe Mutebi Luwangula Mutesa II KBE, was Kabaka of the Kingdom of Buganda from 22 November 1939 until his death. He was the thirty-fifth Kabaka of Buganda and the first President of Uganda. He was widely known as King Freddie.
Daniel "Danny" Keough is a musician. He was married to singer and songwriter Lisa Marie Presley.
David Kato Kisule 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 served as advocacy officer for Sexual Minorities Uganda. Kato was murdered in 2011, shortly after winning a lawsuit against a magazine which had published his name and photograph identifying him as gay and calling for him to be executed.
Geoffrey Oryema is an internationally renowned Ugandan musician. In 1977, at the age of 24 and at the height of Idi Amin's power, Oryema was smuggled across the Ugandan border in the trunk of a car, after the death of his father, Erinayo Wilson Oryema, who was a cabinet minister, beginning a life in exile. Today his songs keep alive the languages of his youth - Swahili and Acholi and return to the lost country - the 'clear green land' of Uganda. Oryema earned his international reputation following the release of his second album, Beat the Border. He has collaborated with, amongst others, Peter Gabriel and was backed by French musicians including Jean-Pierre Alarcen and Patrick Buchmann, touring with WOMAD in Australia, the USA, Japan, Brasil and Europe. In 1994 the band performed at Woodstock 94 celebrating the 25th anniversary of the legendary festival. Gabriel's record label, Real World, helped with the first three of Oryema's albums, until his move to Sony International, a label established in France where Oryema resides since his exile. Besides his two native languages mentioned earlier, he also sings in English and French.
Charles Lwanga was a Ugandan convert to the Catholic Church, who was martyred for his faith and is revered as a saint by both the Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion.
Ibrahim Sekagya is a Ugandan footballer who currently plays for the New York Red Bulls in Major League Soccer.
John "The Beast" Mugabi is a former boxer and world light middleweight champion. He was part of an early 1980s' junior middleweight and middleweight division scene that included Marvin Hagler, Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns, Wilfred Benítez, Davey Moore, and Roberto Durán - an era which many boxing fans rank as one of the most exciting times ever in those weight classes. His nickname was The Beast. Mugabi was born in Kampala, Uganda, where he started to box. He won a silver medal at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.
Martin Ssempa is a Ugandan pastor and activist, founder of the Makerere Community Church. He rejects separation of church and state, opposes the usage of condoms to prevent HIV contraction and supports abstinence plus fidelity education in the fight against sexual diseases. Ssempa claims to be leading a crusade to "kick sodomy out of Uganda, endorsing proposed legislation in Uganda that makes certain homosexual acts punishable by life in prison or even, in some cases, death."
Marcel Raymond Theroux is a British novelist and broadcaster. He wrote The Stranger in The Earth and The Confessions of Mycroft Holmes: a paper chase for which he won the Somerset Maugham Award in 2002. His third novel, A Blow to the Heart, was published by Faber in 2006. His fourth, Far North was published in June 2009. His fifth, Strange Bodies was published in May 2013. He worked in television news in New York and in Boston. He is the middle son of the American travel writer and novelist Paul Theroux. His younger brother, Louis Theroux, is a journalist and television presenter.
Simon Kuper is a British author. He writes about sports "from an anthropologic perspective." Kuper was born in Uganda of South African parents in 1969, and moved to Leiden in the Netherlands as a child, where his father, Adam Kuper, was a lecturer in anthropology at Leiden University. He has also lived in South Africa, Stanford, California, Berlin and London. He studied History and German at Oxford University, and attended Harvard University as a Kennedy Scholar. He now lives in Paris with his family. He won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year in 1994 with his book Football Against the Enemy, which was later released in the United States as Soccer Against the Enemy. He has also written for The Observer and The Guardian, and is currently a sports columnist for the Financial Times. In 2003 he published his book Ajax, The Dutch, the War: Football in Europe during the Second World War. He co-authored the 2009 book Soccernomics with Stefan Szymanski. Kuper usually writes about football, discussing the culture that surrounds it — such as the Old Firm rivalry — as well as the on-field play. He has written on cricket occasionally, with insightful and idiosyncratic articles on cricket in the Netherlands and cricket in apartheid South Africa. The book put forward a formula allowing Kuper to predict that Serbia and Brazil would play the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final.
Warren Kizza Besigye Kifefe, commonly known as Kizza Besigye, is a Ugandan physician, politician and former military officer, in the UPDF. He served as the Party President of the Forum for Democratic Change political party and was a contestant in Uganda's 2001, 2006 and 2011 presidential elections, but lost in all of them to the incumbent Yoweri Museveni, who has been President of Uganda since 26 January 1986. Results of 2006 elections were contested in court, where court observed massive rigging and disenfranchisement. He allowed an early internal FDC election which took place on 24 November 2012 for a successor Party President. He decided that the successor PP should preferably be in place earlier than planned, to allow the new PP enough time to prepare the Party for the next cycle of general elections.
Jaqueline Nakiri Nalubale, also known as Jaqee, is a musician born in Kampala, Uganda. In 1990, she immigrated to Sweden, where she began her musical career. She describes herself as a "musical chameleon", having no single musical style. Jaqee speaks Luganda, Nkore, English, and Swedish, as well as "a little bit" of Spanish; she is learning German.
Moses Ndiema Kipsiro
Olympic Track and field Athlete
Moses Ndiema Kipsiro is a Ugandan long-distance runner who specializes in the 5000 metres. He was the bronze medallist in the event at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics. He represented Uganda at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, coming fourth over 5000 m. Kipsiro has won medals in the 5000 m at the African Championships in Athletics and the All-Africa Games. He completed a 5000/10,000 metres double at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. He is a four-time Ugandan cross country champion having won every race from 2008 to 2011. He is the Ugandan record holder for the 3000 metres and 5000 metres on the track, as well as for the 10K road distance.
Kassim Ouma is a Ugandan boxer. He is currently the North American Boxing Association middleweight champion.
David Obua is a Ugandan footballer who most recently played as a Midfielder for Scottish Premier League club Hearts and the Uganda national team. Having arrived at Hearts as a left wing-back, Obua was primarily used as a left-sided midfield player, although he also played a number of games as a striker.
John Akii-Bua was a Ugandan hurdler and the first Olympic champion from his country.
Ayub Kalule is a retired boxer from Uganda, who first came to prominence when he won the Amateur World Welterweight Title at the inaugural 1974 World Championships in Havana, Cuba. He turned professional and based himself in Denmark, and went on to win the light-middleweight championship. He subsequently lost the title to Sugar Ray Leonard. Born in Kampala, he began his professional boxing career in 1976 when he won a four round decision over Kurt Hombach in Copenhagen, Denmark. Kalule would be based out of Denmark for the rest of his career. He then won 29 more victories, achieving 30 wins, 0 losses. Included in those victories were defeats of Alipata Korovou for the Commonwealth Middleweight Title and a 10 round decision of former US Gold Medalist Sugar Ray Seales. On October 24, 1979, Kalule traveled to Akita, Japan to take on Masashi Kudo for the WBA Junior middleweight Championship of the world. Kalule easily outboxed the champion and thus captured the coveted world championship belt. He then successfully defended the title four times before taking on the legendary Sugar Ray Leonard on June 25, 1981 in the Houston Astrodome. A virtual unknown in the United States, Kalule was considered little more than a courier waiting to deliver the belt to Leonard. The fight proved much more difficult for Leonard as Kalule repeately landed straight lefts and fought on an almost even ground for the first five or six rounds. Slowly Leonard started to take control and in the 9th round ended the fight and Kalule's reign as WBA Champion.
Richard Gibson is an English actor, probably best known for his role as the archetypal Gestapo Officer Herr Otto Flick in the BBC hit sitcom series, 'Allo 'Allo!.
Shimit Amin is an Indian film director and editor. He is best known for the award winning film Chak De! India.
Juliana Kanyomozi, popularly known by the mononym Juliana, is a Ugandan female musician, actress, and generally an entertainer. She was born in Uganda on 27 November 1981. She attended Namasagali College in Kamuli District, for her high school education.
Patrick Amama Mbabazi is a senior Ugandan lawyer and politician. He has been Prime Minister of Uganda since 24 May 2011. Prior to his current position, he served as the Minister for Security in the Ugandan Cabinet, from February 2009 until May 2011. He also serves as the Secretary General of the National Resistance Movement political party a position he has held since November 2005. Amama Mbabazi also serves as the Member of Parliament for Kinkiizi West constituency in Kanungu District, a position he has held since 1996 after the promulgation of the Constitution.
Iryn Namubiru, also known as Irene Namubiru is a female, Ugandan performing artist, resident in Paris, France.
Jose Chameleon, born Joseph Mayanja on 30 April 1979 in Uganda, is an Afrobeat and reggae musician. His other stage names include Joe Chameleon, Jose Chameleone, or simply Chameleone. He is one of the most popular Ugandan musicians of the 21st century and enjoys strong popularity in many countries throughout Africa. Chameleone sings in Luganda, English and Swahili. Several of his songs have yielded popular catchphrases, including Basiima Ogenze, Shida Za Dunia, Nekolera Maali and Badilisha.
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown is a Ugandan-born British journalist and author, who describes herself as a "leftie liberal, anti-racist, feminist, Muslim, part-Pakistani, and ... a very responsible person". Currently a regular columnist for The Independent and the Evening Standard, she is a well-known commentator on issues relating to immigration, diversity and multiculturalism. She is a founder member of British Muslims for Secular Democracy.
General Tito Lutwa Okello, was a Ugandan military officer and politician. He was the President of Uganda from 29 July 1985 until 26 January 1986.
Rahim Nizar Jaffer is a former Canadian politician and a former Member of Parliament. He served in the Canadian House of Commons from 1997 to 2008, representing the Alberta riding of Edmonton—Strathcona as a member of the Conservative Party. He was the first Muslim elected to the Canadian Parliament. Jaffer became embroiled in a national controversy in 2010 after he appeared to receive special treatment, "a break," from the justice system after being charged with drunk driving and possession of cocaine.
Alice Auma was an Acholi spirit-medium who, as the head of the Holy Spirit Movement, led a millennial rebellion against the Ugandan government forces of President Yoweri Museveni from August 1986 until November 1987. The primary spirit she purportedly channeled was that of a dead army officer called "Lakwena", meaning messenger, which the Acholi believe to be a manifestation of the Christian Holy Spirit. The combined persona of Alice Auma channeling the spirit Lakwena is often referred to as Alice Lakwena.
Mwanga II of Buganda
Danieri Basammula-Ekkere Mwanga II Mukasa was Kabaka of Buganda from 1884 until 1888 and from 1889 until 1897. He was the thirty-first Kabaka of Buganda.
Elizabeth Anne Okino is an American actress, and former gymnast and Olympic medalist.
Emmanuel Arnold Okwi is a Ugandan professional footballer who plays as a striker for Étoile du Sahel and the Uganda national team.
Muwenda Mutebi II of Buganda
Ronald Edward Frederick Kimera Muwenda Mutebi II is the reigning Kabaka of the Kingdom of Buganda, a kingdom in modern-day Uganda. He is the thirty-sixth Kabaka of Buganda.
Vincent Otti was deputy-leader of the Lord's Resistance Army, a rebel guerrilla army operating mainly in northern Uganda and southern Sudan. He was one of the five persons for whom the International Criminal Court issued its first arrest warrants on 8 July 2005. Rumours of his death began to circulate in October 2007 but were not confirmed until January 2008.
General Aronda Nyakairima is a Ugandan Army officer who has served in the government of Uganda as Minister of Internal Affairs since 2013. Previously he was Chief of Defense Forces, the highest military rank in the Uganda People's Defense Force. He was born in Rukungiri District.
Rukidi IV of Toro
Rukirabasaija Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV, King Oyo, is the reigning Omukama of Toro, in Uganda. He was born on 16 April 1992 to King Patrick David Mathew Kaboyo Olimi III and Queen Best Kemigisa Kaboyo. Three and half years later in 1995, Oyo ascended the throne and succeeded his father to become the 12th ruler of the 180 year old Kingdom of Toro. He is currently the world's youngest ruling monarch, taking the place of previous record holder, King Mswati of Swaziland, who was crowned at 18 years of age.
Chandrashekhar "Shekhar" Mehta was a Ugandan-born Kenyan rally driver. He won the Safari Rally a record five times, including four consecutively, and in 1981 finished fifth in the World Rally Championship. A Kenyan of Asian descent, he was born in 1945 to a family of plantation owners in Uganda, and began rallying behind the wheel of a BMW aged 21. In 1972 he and his family fled Idi Amin's regime to Kenya, the year before he clinched his first Safari Rally title. He was born in a rich business family, to Khimji Mehta and was grandson of Nanji Kalidas Mehta, scion of Mehta Group. He married his sometime co-driver Yvonne Pratt in 1978 after a ten year courtship, and they had one son, Vijay, in 1991. Through the most successful period of his career he drove Datsun cars. He won the inaugural African Rally Championship in 1981, and the Cyprus Rally in 1976. He was on the podium at the 1981 Rally Codasur, twice at the Acropolis Rally and three times at the Rallye Côte d'Ivoire. His career came to an end in 1987 after a nearly fatal crash at Rallye des Pharaons, Egypt while driving for Peugeot. After his driving days were over he held various administrative positions at the FIA. He became president of the FIA Rally commission in 1997, and was re-appointed as interim President of the World Rally Championship commission shortly before his death. He died in London on April 12, 2006 from liver problems, hepatitis, and illness relating to complications from an old injury.
Hilary Obaloker Onek, is a Ugandan engineer and politician. His first name is spelled with a single "l". He is the cureent Minister of Internal Affairs in the Ugandan Cabinet. He was appointed to that position on 27 May 2011. He replaced Kirunda Kivejinja, who was dropped from the Cabinet. Prior to that, Hilary Onek served as the Minister for Energy & Minerals, from 16 February 2009 until 27 May 2011. Before that, he served as Uganda's Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry & Fisheries from 2006 to 2009. He is also the elected Member of Parliament representing Lamwo County, Lamwo District. He was first elected to Parliament in 2001.
General Edward Katumba Wamala, more commonly known as Katumba Wamala, is a Ugandan Army officer and former policeman. He is the Chief of Defense Forces of Uganda, the highest military rank in the Uganda People's Defense Force. Prior to his current position, he served as Commander of Land Forces in the UPDF, between 2005 until 2013. He also served as the Inspector General of Police of the Uganda Police Force, the highest rank in that branch of Uganda's government, from 2001 until 2005. He was replaced as IGP by General Kale Kayihura. Katumba Wamala was the first active UPDF soldier to serve as the head of the Uganda Police Force.
Geofrey Massa is a Ugandan footballer, who currently plays for Northern Cypriot club Yenicami
Shriti Vadera, Baroness Vadera
Shriti Vadera, Baroness Vadera, PC is a British investment banker and politician. Until September 2009, she was a government minister jointly for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Cabinet Office.
Samite is the stage name for African musician Samite Mulondo. Originally from Uganda, Samite now lives in Ithaca, New York. He plays the flute and kalimba, a type of thumb piano. Samite is also a co-founder of Musicians for World Harmony, a nonprofit organization that introduces music to African orphans. Samite co-founded the charity with his late wife, Joan. His seventh album, Embalasasa, was released in 2005 by Triloka Records.
Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga is a Ugandan lawyer and politician. She is the current Speaker of the Ugandan Parliament. She was elected to that position on Thursday 19 May 2011. She is the first female to be elected Speaker in the history of Parliament in Uganda. She succeeds Edward Ssekandi, who served as speaker between 2001 and 2011. She is also the current Member of Parliament for the Kamuli District Women's Constituency, Busoga sub-region, a position she has served in since 1989.
Specioza Naigaga Wandira Kazibwe, is a Ugandan surgeon and politician. She is also referred to as "Nnalongo", because of her twin daughters. She was Vice President of Uganda from 1994 to 2003. She was the first woman in Africa to hold the position of vice-president of a sovereign nation.
Michael Ezra Mulyoowa, also known as Michael Ezra, is the founder of Ezra Track Team Board ETTB, a Kampala-based sports philanthropic financing and talent search agency. He is a philanthropist known for his donations towards sporting causes in his home country. He is believed to be one of the wealthiest Africans alive.
Sudhir Ruparelia is a businessman and entrepreneur in Uganda. He is the Chairman and majority shareholder in the companies of the Ruparelia Group. His investments are mainly in the areas of banking, insurance, education, broadcasting, real estate, floriculture, hotels and resorts. He is reported to be one of the wealthiest people in Uganda. In November 2012, he was reported to be the wealthiest individual in East Africa, with an estimated net worth of over US$900 million.
Cornelius Boza Edwards
Cornelius Boza Edwards was a Ugandan boxer in the Light Welterweight division and the former WBC Super Featherweight Champion. Edwards emigrated from Uganda to England, where he lived for a long period. Currently, he lives in the United States, where he trains other boxers.
Janet Kataaha Museveni is the First Lady of Uganda since May 1986. She is married to President Yoweri Museveni, with whom she has four children. She has been Minister for Karamoja Affairs in Uganda's Cabinet since 27 May 2011. She is also the elected Member of Parliament representing Ruhaama County in Ntungamo District.
Kiara Kabukuru is an American fashion model of Ugandan descent. Kabukuru is best known as a CoverGirl model.
Major General Gregory Mugisha Muntuyera, commonly referred to as Mugisha Muntu, is a Ugandan politician and former military officer. He is the current president of the Forum for Democratic Change, a Ugandan political party. In 2008, he unsuccessfully contested for the party's presidency, against Kizza Besigye. From 1989 until 1998, he served as the Commander of the Army, the highest military position in the Ugandan military at that time. When the National Resistance Army was renamed the Uganda People's Defence Force, General Muntu became Commander of the UPDF.
Majid Musisi Mukiibi was a Ugandan footballer.
Janani Jakaliya Luwum, was the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda from 1974 to 1977 and one of the most influential leaders of the modern church in Africa. He was murdered in 1977 by either Idi Amin personally or by Amin's henchmen.
Gilbert Balibaseka Bukenya is a Ugandan physician and politician who was Vice President of Uganda from 23 May 2003 until 23 May 2011. He also represents the constituency of Busiro North in the Ugandan Parliament, a position he has served in since 1996.
Shailesh Lakhman Vara is a British Conservative Party politician. He was elected Member of Parliament for North West Cambridgeshire in the 2005 general election, succeeding Brian Mawhinney as the Conservative MP for the seat. Shailesh Vara has previously been a Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party. In 2006, he was appointed to the shadow ministerial post of Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons. Following the 2010 general election, he was appointed to the position of Assistant Whip in the coalition government. On 7th October 2013, he was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice.
Jeremy Bolt is a British film producer. Since creating Impact Pictures with Paul WS Anderson in 1992, producer Jeremy Bolt has produced the majority of Anderson’s movies. Their first collaboration, 1994’s Shopping starring Jude Law, was an action packed film about joyriding and ram-raiding British youth that revved up Bolt’s career and established his love of cars and death defying races. Having attracted interest from Hollywood, Bolt produced big budget films such as Event Horizon and Soldier. 2002’s Resident Evil was the first movie under the Impact Picture’s joint venture deal with Germany’s leading independent distributor, Constantin Film going on to gross over $100M worldwide. Under a joint venture with Constantin, Bolt has also produced 2004’s Resident Evil: Apocalypse for Sony Screen Gems, the psychological horror The Dark, teen actioner DOA: Dead Or Alive, an adaptation of Tecmo’s best-selling videogame franchise, and the third movie in the block-busting Resident Evil franchise, 2007’s Resident Evil: Extinction that debuted in the #1 US box office position and grossed $150M worldwide. Also in 2007, Bolt produced Death Race with Jason Statham, Joan Allen and Ian McShane, a reimagining of the Roger Corman classic, with Cruise/Wagner Productions for Universal Pictures. Fall 2009 saw the release of the science fiction horror film Pandorum for Overture Films and Constantin Film starring Dennis Quaid & Ben Foster. The 4th film in the Resident Evil franchise was released in the Fall of 2010 and rocketed to $300M worldwide. Action horror Resident Evil: Afterlife was shot in 3D for Constantin Film & Sony Screen Gems, and stars Milla Jovovich & Ali Larter.
Bobi Wine is a musician from Uganda He was born on 12 February 1982 in Mpigi District South West of Kampala District, who was baptised Robert Kyagulanyi in the Roman Catholic Church. He went to Makerere University in Kampala. He started making music in the early 2000s. His first singles were Akagoma, Funtula and Sunda, which brought Bobi Wine into the limelight.Saturday Vision, 12 June 2009: Your Stars - Bobi Wine He was previously part of the group Fire Base Crew. Later he formed new group Ghetto Republic of Uganja, which he leads.Guardian Unlimited, January 5, 2009: Scene and heard: Ugandan dancehall In 2009 he toured the United States Sunday Vision, 6 October 2007: Ugandan artistes invade America In 2009 musician Bebe Cool was hospitalised after Bobi Wine beat him during a show in Kampala. Bobi Wine has also been charged for erecting a building without the permission of the Kampala City Council Daily Monitor, 8 June 2009: Bobi Wine beats up Bebe Cool The Uganda Professional Boxing Commission has given him a professional boxing license.The Monitor, 7 November 2008: Bobi Wine Secures Pro Boxing License Bobi wine like many other top Ugandan artistes is greatly loved and his music is greatly embraced at grass root level and has been praised for singing meaningful music. He has had quite a number of conflicts with the famous Bebe cool and chameleon. He is associated to other musicians like Buchaman and Nubian Li who have sung alongside him in various productions. Bobi wine is also a movie actor mainly starring a few local movies commonly known as Binayugandda. He his well known for his love of cars and has quite a fleet of them including the famous American SUV the Escalade.Bobi wine is also associated with a famous TV show that is filmed at his plush lake view mansion.
Jennifer Semakula Musisi is a Ugandan lawyer and Public administrator. She is the current Executive Director of Kampala Capital City Authority. She was appointed to that position in April 2011. She assumed office on Friday 15 April 2011 and will serve a three year, renewable term.
Olympic Track and field Athlete
Dorcus Inzikuru is a Ugandan track and field athlete competing in the steeplechase. She won the inaugural world title in women's 3000 m steeplechase, as well as the first Commonwealth title in the event. Her coach is Renato Canova. Sometimes her name is spelt "Docus". It was misspelled in her passport, and the mistake was perpetuated when she entered international races.
Patrick Bitature is a Ugandan businessman, entrepreneur and industrialist. He is one of the wealthiest people in Uganda.
Winifred "Winnie" Byanyima is a Ugandan aeronautical engineer, politician and diplomat. She served as the Director of the Gender Team, in the Bureau for Development Policy at the United Nations Development Programme, from 2006, and in May 2013 was appointed Executive Director of Oxfam International.
Godfrey Lukongwa Binaisa QC was a Ugandan lawyer who was Attorney General of Uganda from 1962 to 1968 and later served as President of Uganda from June 1979 to May 1980. At his death he was Uganda's only surviving former president.
John Gideon Okello was an East African revolutionary and the leader of the Zanzibar Revolution in 1964. This revolution overthrew Sultan Jamshid bin Abdullah and led to the proclamation of Zanzibar as a republic.
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.
Ruhakana Rugunda is the current Minister of Health in the Ugandan Cabinet. He was appointed to that position on 23 May 2013. He replaced Christine Ondoa, who was dropped from the Cabinet. Prior to that he served as Uganda's Permanent Representative at the United Nations, from January 2009 until May 2011.
Anthony Mawejje is a Ugandan football midfielder. He currently plays for the Icelandic Pepsi League club ÍBV.
Taban Lo Liyong
Taban Lo Liyong is one of Africa's well-known poets and writers of fiction and literary criticism. His political views, as well as his on-going denigration of the post-colonial system of education in East Africa, have inspired criticism and controversy since the late 1960s.
Sam Kahamba Kutesa is a Ugandan lawyer and politician. He is the current Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Ugandan Cabinet, a position he has held since 13 January 2005. He is also the elected Member of Parliament for "Mawogola County", Sembabule District. In the cabinet reshuffles of 1 June 2006, of 16 February 2009, and that of 27 May 2011, Sam Kutesa retained his cabinet post. He will be the president of the sixty-ninth session of the United Nations General Assembly.
Robert Kayanja is the founder and Senior Pastor of the Miracle Centre Cathedral, a megachurch in Kampala, the capital of Uganda. He is sometimes cited as one of the most powerful people in the country.
Daudi Cwa II of Buganda
Captain Sir Daudi Chwa II, KCMG, KBE, was Kabaka of the Kingdom of Buganda from 1897 until 1939. He was the 34th Kabaka of Buganda.
Mobina S. B. Jaffer, QC is a Canadian Senator representing British Columbia. She is the first South Asian woman appointed to the Upper House. Born to an Indian family living in Africa, Jaffer was educated in England and Canada. She earned a law degree from the University of London in 1972 and attended the Executive Development program at Simon Fraser University. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. In 2002, she was appointed the Special Envoy to the Peace Process in Sudan by the Government of Canada. The same year, she was Chair of the Canadian Committee on Women Peace & Security. Jaffer has served as a Vice-President of the Liberal Party of Canada from 1994 to 1998 and as President of the National Women's Liberal Commission from 1998 to 2003. She also served on the board of the Liberal International in 1996. Jaffer ran unsuccessfully in the 1993 general election as the Liberal candidate in North Vancouver, and again in the 1997 election as the party's candidate in Burnaby--Douglas. Jaffer has practised law in British Columbia since 1978. She was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1998. Since 1997, Jaffer has been vice-chair of the Canadian membership committee for the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and, since 1993, a member of the board of governors of the Trial Lawyers of British Columbia. She has also been active with the Immigrant and Refugee Board.
Erias Lukwago is a Ugandan lawyer and politician. He is the current Lord Mayor of the city of Kampala, the capital of Uganda and the largest metropolitan area in the country. He was elected to that position on Monday, 14 January 2011.
Agathe Habyarimana is the widow of former President of Rwanda Juvénal Habyarimana. Kanziga is part of a Hutu lineage that long ruled an independent principality until the late nineteenth century. She was arrested by French authorities on 2 March 2010 in France following the French President Nicolas Sarkozy's visit to Rwanda. She was frequently regarded as one of the powers behind the throne during her husband's 20-year presidency, and her family connections to powerful Hutu politicians are often regarded as having provided necessary political capital for Habyarimana. She was the centre of a powerful clique of northern Hutus called le clan de madame or akazu. On April 9, 1994, immediately following Habyarimana's assassination and the beginning of the Rwandan Genocide, she was airlifted out of Rwanda by French troops. In this exodus she was accompanied by thirty other members of the akazu, including Ferdinand Nahimana, director of Radio Télévision Libre des Mille Collines. Upon arrival in Paris, she received a gift of ₣ 230 000 from the French government, from a budget allocated for "urgent assistance for Rwandan refugees". Agathe Habyarimana is the sister of Protais Zigiranyirazo, who was implicated in the genocide. She was denied political asylum in France on January 4, 2007, but remained in France. She was arrested on Tuesday, March 2, 2010 following French President Nicolas Sarkozy's visit to Rwanda where he admitted to mistakes made by France over the genocide, further stating that France would seek out those responsible for the genocide who were living in France.
Charles Mbire is a businessman, entrepreneur and industrialist in Uganda. He is reported to be the wealthiest indigenous Ugandan, with an estimated net worth in excess of US$65 million, as of December 2008.
Joseph Nestroy Kizito is a Ugandan international football defender, who play for SC Victoria University.
Andrew Mwenda is a Ugandan journalist, founder and owner of The Independent, Uganda's premier current affairs news magazine. He attended Busoga College Mwiri in eastern Uganda before attending Makerere University. He was arrested and released on bail by the Ugandan government for "being in possession of seditious material and of publishing inflammatory articles". He earned a master's degree in Development Studies at the University of London in the UK. He was previously the political editor of The Monitor newspaper and presenter of Andrew Mwenda Live on the KFM radio station. In 2005, he was among sixteen senior journalists invited by the British government to meet prime minister Tony Blair to discuss the forthcoming report of the Commission for Africa. In August 2005 he was charged with sedition for broadcasting a discussion of the cause of death of Sudanese vice-president John Garang. Garang was killed when the Ugandan presidential helicopter crashed in a storm over a rebel area, on the way back from talks in Uganda. During his radio programme, the journalist accused the Ugandan government of "incompetence" and said they had put Garang on "a junk helicopter...at night...in poor weather...over an insecure area". He also criticized President Yoweri Museveni, calling him a failure, a coward and a "villager", and said the president's days were numbered if he "goes on a collision course with me".
Maria Kiwanuka is a Ugandan economist, businesswoman and politician. She is the current Minister of Finance in the Ugandan Cabinet. She was appointed to that position on 27 May 2011.
Betty Oyella Bigombe
Betty Oyella Bigombe, also known as Betty Atuku Bigombe, is the current State Minister for Water Resources in the Uganda Cabinet. She was appointed to that position on 27 May 2011. She is also the elected Member of Parliament, representing Amuru District Women's Constituency, in March 2011.
Dolar Popat, Baron Popat is a British Asian businessman and politician. He is currently a Government Whip and Lord-in-Waiting in the House of Lords. In July 2010 he became a member of the House of Lords as a Life Peer and is the first Gujarati to represent the Conservative Party at Parliament. He emigrated to Britain in 1971 during the expulsion of Asians from Uganda.
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, Abyssinian Chronicles, was first published in Amsterdam in 1998, selling more than 100,000 copies and gaining him widespread national attention. It was also very well reviewed when published in English in the United Kingdom and United States, in 2001. Isegawa became a naturalized Dutch citizen, but he returned to live in Uganda in 2006.
Paulo Muwanga was the chairman of the governing Military Commission, and the de facto President of Uganda for a few days in May 1980 until the establishment of the Presidential Commission of Uganda. The Presidential Commission, with Muwanga as chairman, held the office of President of Uganda between 22 May and 15 December 1980. This was after Muwanga, together with Yoweri Museveni, Oyite Ojok and Tito Okello had deposed Godfrey Binaisa in a coup on 12 May 1980. From 1 August to 25 August 1980, he served as Prime Minister. Following the elections held on 10 December 1980, Muwanga installed himself as the head of the Electoral Commission and declared Milton Obote's Uganda People's Congress the winner. The elections were contested. Yoweri Museveni waged a guerilla war in protest, eventually becoming president.
Bazilio Olara-Okello was a Ugandan military officer and one of the commanders of the Uganda National Liberation Army that together with the Tanzanian army overthrew Idi Amin in 1979. In 1985, he was briefly the chairman of the ruling Military Council and de facto head of state of Uganda, and later, Lieutenant General and chief of the armed forces. During the civil war in Uganda between the UNLA and Yoweri Museveni's National Resistance Army, president Milton Obote alienated much of the Acholi-dominated officer corps, including Olara-Okello and General Tito Okello, by appointing his fellow ethnic Lango, Brigadier Smith Opon Acak, as army Chief of Staff. On 27 July 1985, an army brigade of the UNLA commanded by Olara-Okello, and composed mostly of Acholi troops, staged a coup d'état against Milton Obote's government and seized power. The National Assembly was dissolved and a Military Council was established. Between 27 and 29 July 1985, Olara-Okello was Chairman of the Military Council, and de facto head of state. On 29 July, General Tito Okello replaced Olara-Okello as Chairman of the Military Council, and Olara-Okello was promoted from the rank of Brigadier to that of Lieutenant General, and named chief of the armed forces. He commanded the army until Yoweri Museveni's National Resistance Army seized power on 26 January 1986. Olara-Okello fled to exile in Sudan, where he lived until he died in Ormduruman Hospital in Khartoum on 9 January 1990.
Tarique Ghaffur, CBE QPM is a former high-ranking British police officer in London's Metropolitan Police Service. His last post was that of Assistant Commissioner–Central Operations.
Ivan Bukenya is a Ugandan professional footballer who currently plays for Kaizer Chiefs in the South African Premier Soccer League.
General Elly Tumwine, is a Ugandan professional artist, educator and military officer. He is a former Commander of the Army in Uganda, the highest military position in the country at that time. Currently, he is one of the highest ranking members of the Ugandan military and is a member of the Ugandan Parliament, representing the Uganda People's Defense Force.
Frank Mugisha is a Ugandan LGBT advocate who has won the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award and Thorolf Rafto Memorial Prize for his activism. Along with Val Kalende, Victor Mukasa, and Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera, Mugisha is one of the most prominent advocates for LGBT rights in Uganda.
Norbert Mao is a Ugandan lawyer and politician. He is the current president of the Democratic Party, and the Local Council 5 Chairman for Gulu District.
Andrew Eugene Sseppuya is a Ugandan football striker playing with Istiqlol Dushanbe. Sseppuya is an international for the Uganda national team.
Charles "Mase" Onyango-Obbo is a Ugandan author, journalist, and former Managing Editor of The Monitor. He is currently Executive Editor for the Africa and Digital Media Division with Nation Media Group, Nairobi, Kenya. He is a political commentator of issues in East Africa and the African Great Lakes region. He writes a column, "Ear to the Ground", in The Monitor, a second column in the regional weekly The EastAfrican, and a third in the Daily Nation.
Andrew Mwesigwa is a Ugandan international footballer who plays professionally for Kazakh side FC Ordabasy, as a defender.
Razia Iqbal is a journalist employed by BBC News. She is a special correspondent, reporting for outlets across the BBC. From 2011 Iqbal has also presented Newshour on the BBC World Service. She has also presented Talking Books on the BBC News Channel. She was previously the corporation's arts correspondent.
Lieutenant General Moses Ali is a Ugandan lawyer, politician and former military officer. He is the current Third Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of Government Business. He was appointed to that position in May 2011. He is also the elected Member of Parliament for "East Moyo County", Adjumani District from 2011 until 2016.
Brian Umony is a Ugandan footballer who is currently playing for Azam F.C. in the Tanzanian Premier League. Since 2009 he has also been a regular member of the Uganda national football team. He is widely considered as one of the biggest talents Ugandan soccer has ever produced. Umony is known for his pace, dribbling and passing skills plus his sublime finishing.