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Amin, Idi (c. 1924–2003), president of Uganda, was born about 1924 in Koboko in north-western Uganda to Muslim parents. His mother was a Kakwa; his father is said to have been Nubian, a term used of the Sudanese troops brought into Uganda by ...

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Idi Amin (c. 1924–2003) by unknown photographer, c. 1972 Getty Images

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Blundell, Sir Michael (1907–1993), farmer and politician in Kenya, was born on 7 April 1907 at 33 Campden House Court, Kensington, London, the third of four sons of Alfred Herbert Blundell, a London solicitor, and his wife, Amelia Woodward Richardson. His father's family came from ...

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Sir Michael Blundell (1907–1993) by Barker, 1962 © News International Newspapers Ltd

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Cholmondeley, Hugh, third Baron Delamere (1870–1931), settler in Kenya and politician, was born in London on 28 April 1870, the only son of Hugh Cholmondeley, second Baron Delamere (1811–1887), and his second wife, Augusta Emily (d. 1911), eldest daughter of Sir George Hamilton Seymour...

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Hugh Cholmondeley, third Baron Delamere (1870–1931) by unknown artist, 1923 © reserved

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Kakungulu, Semei Lwakirenzi (1868–1928), war leader and administrator in Uganda, was probably the son of Semuwemba, a chief in Koki, then a small principality to the south of Buganda. Seeking greater opportunities, Kakungulu moved to the court of Kabaka (king) Mutesa I of Buganda...

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Kavuma, Paulo Neil (1901–1989), administrator and first minister of Buganda, was born in Ssingo county, Buganda (Uganda), the son of Saulo Balirete Munako, a protestant minor chief, and his wife, Samali Saba Webwa. In 1909 he was sent to live with the Revd W. B. Gill...

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Paulo Neil Kavuma (1901–1989) by Fergus Wilson, c. 1963–4 by permission of the Syndics of Cambridge University Library

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Kenyatta, Jomo (c. 1895–1978), president of Kenya, was born in Ngenda in north-eastern Kiambu district at the inception of British rule in east Africa, the son of Muigai wa Magana. Orphaned early by the death of his father, in a smallpox epidemic during the early stages of colonialism, he lived with his uncle ...