As we welcome the new year, 2023, let us look at Uganda’s most famous people in 2022. The below-mentioned people are from the various sectors of Uganda such as politics, entertainment, sports, fashion, and other fields.
Here’s a rundown of ten popular personalities of Uganda in 2022.
10. Titus Brian Ahumuza
Titus Brian Ahumuza is a fashion designer from Uganda who was commonly known by the name Abryanz.
Titus Brian is considered one of the most popular people in Uganda in 2022. Brian established his label, Abryanz collections in 2009. His creations have been displayed in South Africa, Uganda, and Nigeria Fashion Week. he has been featured in various prominent magazines.
To recognize great success in the African fashion business, he established the Abryanz Style and Fashion Awards (ASFAs) in Uganda in 2013.
He received the CEPA Young Entrepreneur Award in 2016 and the Starqt Awards for Best Fashion Designer in 2017. He is considered as one of Africa’s rising stars and is one of the prominent fashion designers in Africa.
9. Joel Ssenyonyi
The Nakawa West lawmaker gained the hearts of many in 2022 due to the way that he handled the inquiry into the mishandling of Uganda Airlines in his capacity as the head of the Parliamentary Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities, and State Enterprises.
In the general election for Uganda in 2021, Ssenyonyi was chosen as the NUP’s parliamentary candidate for the Nakawa West constituency. After defeating Margret Zziwa Nantongo of the National Resistance Movement, he won the seat. He achieved the ninth position of the most popular Ugandans of 2022.
8. Robinah Nabbanja
Robinah Nabbanja, who was appointed as the prime minister in 2021 in a cabinet that president Museveni characterized as being made up of fishermen, continued to hold control over the public in 2022.
There was footage in which Nabbanja was dancing for free and giving money to NRM supporters. This video made her popular in 2022. By invading the Mengo magistrates court around the year’s end, she freed a widow with seven children who had been imprisoned for failing to pay a Sh2.8 million debt.
7. Kin Kariisa
With the addition of several new brands, the CEO of Next Media group oversaw the firm’s ongoing growth. A 24-hour sports channel called NBS Sport was introduced in June by Next Media under the direction of Kariisa.
According to Kariisa, Next Media aimed to fill a special niche with the new channel for a broad spectrum of viewers that they were unable to fulfill with the existing brands.
A special channel for the Startimes Uganda Premier League, Sanyuka Prime, was also introduced by the Ugandan company with headquarters in Nagulu.
The modern Next Media Park, the new location of the Ugandan multimedia firm, was unveiled by Kariisa at the end of the year, and it has since become popular and is considered as a changing factor in the media industry in Uganda.
6. Muhoozi Kainerugaba
Due to his opinions on various global topics, General Muhoozi Kainerugaba, a former commander of the UPDF Land Forces, managed to keep the public, particularly social media users, pinned to his social media accounts. He expresses his views on particular issues mostly through his Twitter account.
In addition, General Muhozi is credited with mediating a settlement between Uganda and Rwanda, two neighbors who had been at odds for nearly five years.
On Twitter, he has over 653000 followers. He kept his followers guessing about his upcoming post. Muhoozi is popular in 2022 because of his posts and tweets shared on his social media accounts regarding several global issues. He achieved the sixth position among the most popular Ugandans of 2022.
5. VP Alupo
Vice President Jessica Alupo behaved in accord with the standard set by her successor, Edward Ssekandi, and refrained from arguing with President Museveni.
On behalf of President Museveni, Alupo made a number of speeches, focussing particularly on the Ebola virus.
In President Museveni’s absence, who had left the country to attend the US-African leaders meeting, the vice president effectively led the nation.
4. Thomas Tayebwa
Thomas Tayebwa, the deputy speaker of parliament, who presided over several sessions, continued to be a significant figure in many areas, but particularly during the passage of legislation in parliament.
Tayebwa is praised outside of the nation for warning the European Union against imposing its views on Homosexuality and abortion on Africans.
Tayebwa oversaw the Ugandan parliament as it criticized the racist European Union for attempting to stop the East African Crude Oil Pipeline project.
3. Yoweri Museveni
The president of Uganda Yoweri Museveni has been in charge since January 29, 1986. He is now one of the African presidents who has served the longest. He came into power by defeating both Milton Obote and Idi Amin regimes in 1979 and 1985, respectively.
Uganda had significant stability and economic prosperity under his more than thirty years of administration. Uganda had seen a lot of government incompetence before Museveni took office. His rise to office thus gave the nation a new face of hope.
In 2022, Uganda came across many issues and President Museveni faced the issues bravely and he never wavered in his defense of what he believed to be correct.
His presidency helped Uganda to grow more. In 2022, he kept appearing in the media due to issues such as the Ebola Virus, which was taken out from Uganda under the command of Museveni. He secured the third spot for the most popular Ugandans of 2022.
2. Eddy Kenzo
Eddy Kenzo is a Ugandan singer who appeared to be nominated for the 65th Grammy Awards this year.
He is the first Uganda-based singer to get nominated for the Grammy Awards.
Kenzo’s “Gimme Love” is the song that led him to the nomination. Kenzo staged a festival in Kampala three days before knowing that he had been nominated for a Grammy. His performance was attended by various people including the prime minister.
Uganda is looking forward to seeing Eddy Kenzo bringing the Grammy Award home. The nation is having hope in Kenzo, to be the first singer to bring a Grammy Award to their country. The 65th Grammy Awards is to be held in February 2023.
1. Joshua Cheptegei
Joshua Cheptegei is Uganda’s long-distance runner who is considered the most popular Ugandans of 2022. During the World Athletics Championship in Oregon in July 2022, Cheptgei delivered a masterclass performance by winning the men’s 10,000m race in style.
Running at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, Cheptegei dominated his competitors for the majority of the race before defeating Stanley Waithaka Mburu of Kenya.
The 25-year-old who holds the records for both the 5000 and 1000-meter run has become the fourth back-to-back 10,000-meter world champion after winning in Oregon. At the same event, he had earlier won gold in the 5000m race.
Cheptegei finished the 10km San Silvestre Vallecana race on the streets of the Spanish capital, Madrid at the end of December 2022, to round off the year in fine fashion.