List of Famous people born in Burundi

Gaël Faye

First Name Gaël
Last Name Faye
Born on August 6, 1982 (age 40)

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 54)

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 31)

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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Saidi Ntibazonkiza

First Name Saidi
Last Name Ntibazonkiza
Born on May 1, 1987 (age 35)
Height 170 cm | 5'7

Saidi Ntibazonkiza is a Burundian footballer who plays as a winger for Yanga and the Burundi national team.

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Pascal Nyabenda

First Name Pascal
Last Name Nyabenda
Born on April 12, 1966 (age 56)

Pascal Nyabenda is a Burundian politician, who served as President of the National Assembly of Burundi from 2015 to 2020. He has been president of the ruling National Council for the Defense of Democracy – Forces for the Defense of Democracy since March 2012 and previously served as Governor of Bubanza Province.

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Mwambutsa IV Bangiricenge

First Name Mwambutsa
Born on May 6, 1912
Died on April 26, 1977 (aged 64)

Mwambutsa IV Bangiricenge was king (mwami) of Burundi who ruled between 1915 and 1966. He succeeded to the throne on the death of his father Mutaga IV Mbikije. Born while Burundi was under German colonial rule, Mwambutsa's reign mostly coincided with Belgian colonial rule (1916–62). The Belgians retained the monarchs of both Rwanda and Burundi under the policy of indirect rule.

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Nyamko Sabuni

First Name Nyamko
Born on March 31, 1969 (age 54)

Nyamko Ana Sabuni is a Swedish politician who has been Leader of the Liberals since June 2019. She previously served as Minister for Integration from 2006 to 2010 and as Minister for Gender Equality from 2006 to 2013 in the Swedish government. A member of the Liberal Party, Sabuni was elected a Member of Parliament in 2002. Sabuni made history in June 2019 by becoming the first party leader in the Swedish parliament coming from an ethnic minority and the first party leader of a refugee background.

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Esther Kamatari

First Name Esther
Last Name Kamatari

Princess Esther Kamatari is a writer, model, and exiled Burundian princess.

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Ntare V Ndizeye

First Name Ntare
Born on December 2, 1947
Died on April 29, 1972 (aged 24)

Ntare V of Burundi was the last king of Burundi from July to November 1966. Until his accession, he was known as Crown Prince Charles Ndizeye. After a Hutu-led coup attempt in October 1965, his father, Mwambutsa IV went into exile in Switzerland. In March 1966 Mwambusta IV designated his only surviving son as heir to the throne. The Crown Prince then formally deposed his father and his father's government in July 1966. He was formally crowned on 3 September, taking the regnal name Ntare V. King Ntare himself was deposed, later the same year, in a military coup led by Michel Micombero; the former king went into exile in West Germany and later Uganda. He tried to return to Burundi in 1972, but was assasinated shortly afterwards.

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Marguerite Barankitse

First Name Marguerite
Last Name Barankitse
Born on January 1, 1957 (age 66)

Marguerite (Maggie) Barankitse is a humanitarian activist who works to improve the welfare of children and challenge ethnic discrimination in Burundi. After rescuing 25 children from a massacre, she was forced to witness the conflicts between the Hutu and Tutsi in her country in 1993. She established Maison Shalom, a shelter that provided access to healthcare, education, and culture to over 20,000 orphan children in need. Because she protested against a third term for President Nkurunziza, she lives in exile.

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Domitien Ndayizeye

First Name Domitien
Last Name Ndayizeye
Born on May 2, 1953 (age 69)
Born in Burundi

Domitien Ndayizeye is a Burundian politician who was President of Burundi from 2003 to 2005. He succeeded Pierre Buyoya, as president on 30 April 2003, after serving as Buyoya's vice president for 18 months. Ndayizeye remained in office until succeeded by Pierre Nkurunziza on 26 August 2005.

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Cyprien Ntaryamira

First Name Cyprien
Last Name Ntaryamira
Born on March 6, 1955
Died on April 6, 1994 (aged 39)
Born in Burundi

Cyprien Ntaryamira was the Hutu President of Burundi from 5 February 1994 until his death two months later, when the aircraft he was traveling in, together with Rwandan president Juvénal Habyarimana, was shot down near Kigali, Rwanda.

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Diane Nukuri

First Name Diane
Last Name Nukuri
Born on December 1, 1984 (age 38)
Height 183 cm | 6'0

Diane Nukuri is a Burundian-American professional distance runner. She competed for Burundi as a fifteen-year-old in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney in the 5,000m and in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London in the marathon. Nukuri ran for the University of Iowa in college. She was the Burundian flag bearer at the Summer Olympics in 2000 and 2012.

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