List: The Faces Behind The Clout Uganda Has So Far Garnered On The World Stage [Part One]

Winnie Byanyima

To this point Uganda swanks of not much as far as economic advancement or social sophistication is concerned.

Nonetheless Uganda today stares closely at a glimmer of hope because of what we could accomplish with our human resource in the near future – especially now that the younger Ugandan “dreamers” have human faces, like accolades, that they can look up to and derive an audacity to go somewhere and happen.

Clearly a new portrait of us is being painted for the world to savor; it is the exceptionalism that for long had been buried in brokenness [owing to our tumultuous past]. This is what this list is all about;

  1. Kwatsi Alibaruho

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Kwatsi Alibaruho

As of 2005, according to Ebony magazine, one of the leading publications of African Americans in the US, Kwatsi was among the most influential black people in the USA.

Kwatsi, 42, was born and raised in the US albeit he’s son to Ugandan economist, Dr. George and Social Science Professor, Dr. Gloria Alibaruho who both had fled Uganda soon after Idi Amin seize presidency of Uganda.

This Ugandan American was the first black man to work as a flight director at the American Space Agency aka NASA.

With this position he’s the Lead Mission Control Director, leading a team of flight controllers, support personnel and engineering experts. A flight director has overall responsibility to manage and carry out space shuttle flights and international space station expeditions among other duties.

His father is retired now and has lived in Uganda ever since he separated with his wife. Kwatsi however, due to his busy schedule rarely visits Uganda although he so has, about three times. Plus he surely keeps in constant touch with his relatives down here, especially his father.

  1. Gaetano Jjuuko Kaggwa

Gaetano Jjuuko Kaggwa

Today, he is a media icon; certainly a household name. But not with all this stupendous resume did he make Uganda famous as with his extrovert personality.

Having travelled the nations since infancy, Jjuuko, in 2000 finally returned to his motherland to pursue a degree in Law at MUK in K’la.

During his third year however, he suspended his books and chose to participate in the first season of Big Brother Africa where while at the house, he is remembered most for the famous romance he had with South African housemate, Abbey Plaates.

Presently, he is a host at Urban TV, even having done the same job since 2005 for four consecutive seasons of “Studio 53” on M-Net.

  1. Julia Ssebutinde

Julia Ssebutinde

She is currently a jurist who is also a judge on the International Court of Justice (ICJ) since 2012.

Ssebutinde is a typical born Ugandan who holds a Master of Laws [LLM] from the University of Edinburgh.

Before 2012, she’ not only served in defense of the law in Uganda but in Namibia and Sierra Leone among other achievements.

Surely her success is purely a Ugandan success.

  1. Sam Kuteesa

Sam Kuteesa
Sam Kuteesa

Sam Kuteesa was unanimously endorsed by the African Union Executive Council to be their Candidate as president of the Sixty ninth session of the UN General Assembly.

He is Ugandan and holding the Ugandan flag sky high in Newyork as President of the UN General Assembly.

  1. Aamito Stacie

Aamito Stacie
Aamito Stacie

She hails from Kampala and a super model who represented Uganda immaculately in the premier season of Africa’s Next Top Model.

She went on to win the contest and was recently featured in Pulchritudinous, an editorial of a highly reputed magazine in South Africa.

  1. Phiona Mutesi


Phiona grew up in the slums of Katwe and her story is typically Ugandan. Because of AIDS her father and elder sister succumbed to demise while she was still an infant.

She soon dropped of school anyway because her single  mum could hardly  afford a descent home, let alone school. All Phiona had left was Sports Outreach Institute in her neighborhood which run a Chess program. Phiona had little known that Chess had always been her silver lining. She enlisted there anyway and there she learnt to play chess.

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Phiona at a tender age has since represented Uganda at the world stage because of Chess. She even won Women Candidate Master Titles at the 40th Olympiad among a series of victories.

She stands as the youngest person ever to win African Chess Championship.

  1. Pr.Robert Kayanja

Robert Kayanja

He is said to be one of the most powerful people in Uganda. He also pastors what is reputed to be one of the region’s largest congregations, with a church building that accommodates over 10,000 people. He is a frequent speaker on International Television Networks such as TBN and Daystar.

Kayanja has travelled to over 50 Countries to preach even as he waves the flag of Uganda.

  1. Winnie Byanyima

Winnie Byanyima

In Uganda she’s mostly known as the wife of prominent Opposition leader, Dr. Kiiza Besigye. Winnie however, is an aeronautical engineer who before she quit active politics was a diplomat and Member of Parliament, vocal at that especially concerning gender equality and women emancipation.

She has since been Uganda’s ambassador serving as Director of Gender Team in the Bureau for Development policy at the United Nations Development Program, UNDP.

As of May 2013, Winnie Byanyima was appointed as Executive  Director of Oxfam International.

Down in Newyork, when its Winnie Byanyima, it’s downrightly Uganda.

  1. Andrew Mwenda

Andrew Mwenda

Andrew M. Mwenda is currently the Managing Director of Independent Publications Limited, the publishers of The Independent, East Africa’s leading current affairs newsmagazine. An admirer of Socrates, Karl Popper and Frederick Von Hayek, he is an activist, a journalist, a columnist, a part time poet, a businessman and a social entrepreneur.

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Mwenda was born in Fort Portal, Western Uganda on October 3rd, 1972. He grew up in a family with an intense intellectual curiosity where dinner was always spiced with discussions of philosophy and politics – from Plato and Aristotle to Adam Smith and Karl Marx. “Read,” Mwenda remembers his late father always telling him, “read, especially history.” He has a passion for ancient Greek and Roman history, poetry, philosophy and art. He is also a Pan Africanist.

  1. Steven Kiprotich

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Steven Kiprotich

The 25 year old long distance runner resuscitated the spirits of Ugandans when he, during the 2012 London Olympics arrived first at the finishing line after 2 hours 8 minutes and 1 second; winning for Uganda the first ever Olympic Marathon Gold medal since 1972.

He is currently also the reigning world marathon champion when he won the Moscow IAAF Championship marathon on 17 August 2013.


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