There has been atleast a total of six Presidents of Luo origin that have ruled the world. The Luo are a Nilotic-speaking group, who are believed to have originated from Sudan, and are now settled around the Lake Victoria basin in Kenya and Tanzania. List of Presidents of Luo origin. Other Luo groups are found in Uganda, Congo, Ethiopia, Chad and Sudan. The classification of the Luo community as a tribe and not a language-group is perhaps the reason why a lot about the community seems to be ignored however a review of the history of the community is likely to bring to our attention some of the things that we didn’t know about the community. Luanda Magere was a famous warrior in Kano village while Gor Mahia was a magician and chief of Kanyamua. One of the most famous football clubs in Kenya is named after Gor Mahia. Traditionally, the Luo were organized into exogamous clans consisting of several families and headed by a clan elder. A council of elders were under a supreme chief (‘Ruoth’) and played the role of advisors to the supreme elder. All Luo leaders wore special regalia and had special items which portrayed their status including headdresses, a spear, special robes, a fly-whisk and a stool. Many of the cultural practices of the Luo are still embraced today, but have been influenced by the changes in society. The heritage and culture of the Luo community, along with the more than 44 communities in Kenya, continues to fascinate and inspire. The National Museums of Kenya invites everyone to celebrate the intangible cultural heritage of all communities which makes up this great nation.
Nyasaye and the supernatural
The Luo believe in God the creator, Nyasaye, whom the worship in sacred places (hembko or hembho). The sacred shrines, trees, huge rocks, hills, and Lake Victoria were associated with the supernatural.
Apollo Milton Obote was a Ugandan political leader of Luo Ethnicity who led Uganda to independence from British colonial rule in 1962. Following the nation’s independence, he served as prime minister of Uganda from 1962 to 1966 and the second president of Uganda from 1966 to 1971, then again from 1980 to 1985.
Milton Obote was born at Akokoro village in Apac district in northern Uganda. He was the third born of nine children of a tribal chief of the Oyima clan Lango ethnic group. He began his education in 1940 at the Protestant Missionary School in Lira, and later attended Gulu Junior Secondary School, Busoga College and eventually university at Makerere University. Having intended to study law, a subject not taught at the university, Obote took a general arts course, including English and geography. At Makerere, Obote honed his natural oratorical skills; he may have been expelled for participating in a student strike, or alternatively left after a place to study law abroad was not funded by the protectorate government. He worked in Buganda in southern Uganda before moving to Kenya, where he worked as a construction worker at an engineering firm.
While in Kenya, Obote became involved in the national independence movement. Upon returning to Uganda in 1956, he joined the political party Uganda National Congress (UNC), and was elected to the colonial Legislative Council in 1957. In 1959, the UNC split into two factions, with one faction under the leadership of Obote merging with the Uganda People’s Union to form the Uganda People’s Congress (UPC).
Obote represented the UPC at the Ugandan Constitutional Conference, held at Lancaster House in 1961, alongside fellow Ugandan politician A. G. Mehta. The Conference was organised by the British Government to pave the way for Ugandan independence.
Born: December 28, 1925, Apac, Uganda
Died: October 10, 2005, Johannesburg, South Africa
Spouse: Miria Obote (m. 1963)
Education: Makerere University
Children: Jimmy Akena, Tony Akaki, Edward Stanly Engena, Lucy Akaki, Ben Obote
Previous offices: President of Uganda (1980–1985), President of Uganda (1966–1971), Prime Minister of Uganda (1962–1966)
Presidential terms: April 15, 1966 – January 25, 1971, December 17, 1980 – July 27, 1985
Tito Lutwa Okello was a Ugandan military officer and politician of Luo Tribe. He was the eighth president of Uganda from 29 July 1985 until 26 January 1986. Tito Okello was born into an ethnic Acholi family in circa 1914 in Nam Okora, Kitgum District.
He joined the King’s African Rifles in 1940 and served in the East African Campaign of World War II. As a career military officer, he had a variety of assignments.
As follower of President Milton Obote, Okello went into exile following the 1971 coup d’état that resulted in Idi Amin becoming Uganda’s new ruler. In 1972, rebels invaded Uganda to restore Obote. Okello was one of the leaders of an insurgent group which targeted Masaka. The invasion was defeated by loyalist Uganda Army troops.
Okello took part in the Uganda–Tanzania War. He was one of the commanders in the coalition between the Tanzania People’s Defence Force and the Uganda National Liberation Army (UNLA) that removed Amin from power in 1979. In 1980, Obote was restored to presidency. Okello was selected to be the Commander of the UNLA from 1980 to 1985.
Born:1914, Nam Okora
Died: June 3, 1996, Kampala, Uganda
Presidential term: July 29, 1985 – January 26, 1986
Laurent-Désiré Kabila or simply Laurent Kabila, was a Congolese revolutionary and politician of Luo Origin (Luba ethnic groups – Bantu Related ) who was the third President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo from 1997 until his assassination in 2001.
Born the , according to several biographers and witnesses , or the, according to a 1999 interview, in Jadotville (now Likasi) in Haut-Katanga , Laurent-Désiré Kabila belonged to the Luba ethnic groups through his father and Lunda through his mother . While it is certain that he completed his secondary studies at the Saint-Boniface Institute in Élisabethville ( Lubumbashi ), his university studies abroad ( Paris , Tashkent or Belgrade and later in Dar es Salaam ) are controversial . . This vagueness was maintained by Kabila himself, because the place of study was personal information by its political and symbolic nature.
Born:November 27, 1939, Moba, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Assassinated:January 16, 2001, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Spouse: Sifa Mahanya (m. ?–2001)
Buried: January 23, 2001, Mausolée de Laurent Désiré Kabila, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Barack Hussein Obama II is an American politician of Luo Origin who served as the 44th president of the United States from 2009 to 2017. He was the first African-American president of the United States.
The family of Barack Obama, the 44th president of the United States, is a prominent American family active in politics. Obama’s immediate family circle was the first family of the United States from 2009 to 2017, and are the first such family of African-American descent. His immediate family includes his wife Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha Obama. Obama’s wider ancestry is made up of people of Kenyan (Luo), African-American, and Old Stock American (including originally English, Scots-Irish, Welsh, German, and Swiss) ancestry.
Born: August 4, 1961 (age 60 years), Kapiʻolani Medical Center for Women & Children, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Joseph Kabila Kabange is a Congolese politician of Luo Origin who served as President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo between January 2001 and January 2019. He took office ten days after the assassination of his father, President Laurent-Désiré Kabila in the context of the Second Congo War.
Joseph Kabila Kabange and his twin sister Jaynet Kabila were born on 4 June 1971. According to official accounts, the twins were born at Hewabora, a small village in the Fizi territory of the South Kivu province, in eastern Congo. Rumors have abounded that Kabila was actually born in Tanzania, which would make him a citizen of that country. He is the son of long time rebel, former AFDL leader and president of the Congo Laurent-Désiré Kabila and Sifa Mahanya.
Kabila’s childhood coincided with the low point of his father’s political and military career. He was raised in relative remoteness, with few records of his early days. Kabila attended a primary school organized by his father’s rebel forces, before moving to Tanzania where he completed primary and secondary school. Due to his father’s status as an enemy of Zairean strongman Mobutu Sese Seko, Kabila posed as a Tanzanian in his school years to avoid detection by Zairean intelligence agents
Born: June 4, 1971 (age 51 years), Hewa Bora
Full name: Joseph Kabila Kabange
Spouse:Olive Lembe di Sita (m. 2006)
Party:People’s Party for Reconstruction and Democracy
Previous offices:President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (2001–2019)
Idi Amin Dada Oumee was a Ugandan military officer and politician of Luo Origin who served as the third president of Uganda from 1971 to 1979. Idi Amin was born in Koboko to a Kakwa father and Lugbara mother.
Amin did not write an autobiography, and he did not authorize an official written account of his life. There are discrepancies regarding when and where he was born. Most biographical sources claim that he was born in either Koboko or Kampala around 1925. Other unconfirmed sources state Amin’s year of birth from as early as 1923 to as late as 1928. Amin’s son Hussein has stated that his father was born in Kampala in 1928.
According to Fred Guweddeko, a researcher at Makerere University, Amin was the son of Andreas Nyabire (1889–1976). Nyabire, a member of the Kakwa ethnic group, converted from Roman Catholicism to Islam in 1910 and changed his name to Amin Dada. He named his first-born son after himself. Abandoned by his father at a young age, Idi Amin grew up with his mother’s family in a rural farming town in north-western Uganda. Guweddeko states that Amin’s mother was Assa Aatte (1904–1970), an ethnic Lugbara and a traditional herbalist who treated members of Buganda royalty, among others. Some sources have also described Amin as being of mixed Kakwa-Nubian origin.
Amin joined an Islamic school in Bombo in 1941. After a few years, he left school with only a fourth-grade English-language education, and did odd jobs before being recruited to the army by a British colonial army officer
Died:August 16, 2003, King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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