List of Famous people born in Burundi

Gaël Faye

First Name Gaël
Last Name Faye
Born on August 6, 1982 (age 41)

Gaël Faye is a Rwandan-French singer, rapper, and writer.

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Pierre Nkurunziza

First Name Pierre
Last Name Nkurunziza
Born on December 18, 1964
Died on June 8, 2020 (aged 55)

Pierre Nkurunziza was a Burundian politician who served as the ninth president of Burundi for almost 15 years from August 2005 until his death in June 2020. A member of the Hutu ethnic group, Nkurunziza taught physical education before becoming involved in politics during the Burundian Civil War as part of the rebel National Council for the Defense of Democracy – Forces for the Defense of Democracy of which he became leader in 2000. The CNDD–FDD became a political party at the end of the Civil War and Nkurunziza was elected president. He held the post controversially for three terms, sparking significant public unrest in 2015. He announced his intention not to stand for re-election in 2020 and instead ceded power to Évariste Ndayishimiye, whose candidacy he had endorsed. He died unexpectedly on 8 June 2020 shortly before the official end of his term. He was the longest-ruling president in Burundian history.

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Louis Rwagasore

Rudoviko Rwagasore
First Name Louis
Last Name Rwagasore
Born on January 10, 1932
Died on October 13, 1961 (aged 29)

Crown Prince Louis Rwagasore was a Burundian Royal and politician who is considered a significant figure in the history of Burundi nationalism. He was prime minister, and was assassinated shortly before Burundian independence.

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Emmanuel Niyonkuru

First Name Emmanuel
Last Name Niyonkuru
Born on July 20, 1962
Died on January 1, 2017 (aged 54)

Emmanuel Niyonkuru was a Burundian politician.

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Faty Papy

First Name Faty
Last Name Papy
Born on September 18, 1990
Died on April 25, 2019 (aged 28)
Height 177 cm | 5'10

Faty Papy was a Burundian professional association football player who last played for Malanti Chiefs in the Premier League of Eswatini. He also played with the Burundi national football team.

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Évariste Ndayishimiye

First Name Évariste
Born on June 17, 1968 (age 55)

General Évariste Ndayishimiye is a Burundian politician who has served as President of Burundi since 18 June 2020. He became involved in the rebel National Council for the Defense of Democracy – Forces for the Defense of Democracy during the Burundian Civil War and rose up the ranks of its militia. At the end of the conflict, he entered the Burundian Army and held a number of political offices under the auspices of President Pierre Nkurunziza. Nkurunziza endorsed Ndayishimiye as his successor ahead of the 2020 elections which he won with a large majority.

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Pierre Buyoya

First Name Pierre
Last Name Buyoya
Born on November 24, 1949
Died on December 17, 2020 (aged 71)

Pierre Buyoya was a Burundian army officer and politician who served two terms as President of Burundi in 1987 to 1993 and 1996 to 2003 as de facto military dictator. He was the second-longest serving president in Burundian history.

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Jean-Baptiste Alaize

First Name Jean-Baptiste
Last Name Alaize
Born on May 10, 1991 (age 32)

Jean-Baptiste Alaize is a French athlete with an amputated tibia, who specialises in sprint and long jump. He represented France at the 2016 Paralympic Games.

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Michel Micombero

First Name Michel
Last Name Micombero
Born on August 26, 1940
Died on July 16, 1983 (aged 42)

Michel Micombero was a Burundian politician and army officer who ruled the country as its first president and de facto dictator for the decade between 1966 and 1976.

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Melchior Ndadaye

First Name Melchior
Last Name Ndadaye
Born on March 28, 1953
Died on October 21, 1993 (aged 40)

Melchior Ndadaye was a Burundian intellectual and politician. He was the first democratically elected and first Hutu president of Burundi after winning the landmark 1993 election. Though he moved to attempt to smooth the country's bitter ethnic divide, his reforms antagonised soldiers in the Tutsi-dominated army, and he was assassinated amidst a failed military coup in October 1993, after only three months in office. His assassination sparked an array of brutal tit-for-tat massacres between the Tutsi and Hutu ethnic groups, and ultimately sparked the decade-long Burundi Civil War.

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