Angelina Wapakhabulo

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Angelina Wapakhabulo
Born Angelina Chogo
(1949-03-24) 24 March 1949 (age 68)
Residence Nairobi, Kenya
Nationality Ugandan
Other names "Mama Angelina" (Uganda)
Citizenship Uganda
Alma mater University of Dar es Salaam
(Bachelor of Arts in Social Science)
Occupation Social Worker, HIV/AIDS Activist & Diplomat
Years active 1980 — present
Known for Social Work & Activism
Title Uganda's High Commissioner to Kenya
Spouse(s) James Wapakhabulo

Angelina Chogo Wapakhabulo (widely known as Mama Angelina in Uganda) (born March 24, 1949) is a founding member and Co-chair of the United Way Board. Mama Angelina is one of Uganda's most celebrated community activists, leader, and a social worker. For over a decade, she has dedicated her life to fight the scourge of HIV/AIDS and caring for orphans and vulnerable children in Uganda. As the Program Coordinator of the Market Vendors AIDS Project (MAVAP), Mama Angelina has successfully transformed Kampala's markets into a one stop shopping where vendors and customers do trade but are also encouraged to check their HIV status and get treatment as well. She currently serves as Uganda's High Commissioner to Kenya.[1][2] Mama Angelina and United Way President and CEO Brian Gallagher represented the United Way at the White House Summit on Malaria in Washington, D.C. on 14 December 2006. The Summit was hosted by the President and Mrs. Bush.[3]


She was born and raised in the Iringa District of Tanzania. While a student at the University of Dar es Salaam, she met James Wapakhabulo (23 March 1945 - 27 March 2004), the late former Minister of Foreign Affairs, from 2001 until 2004. They were married and had four children together: Lumumba, Maima, Yona, and Josephine. Josephine Kasalamwa Wapakabulo, PhD is the Executive Director of Uganda National Oil Company.[4]

Angelina and her late husband were contemporaries at Dar es Salaam University, with President Yoweri Museveni in the 1960s. During Wapakhabulo's memorial service at their home in Mafudu village, Sironko District, President Museveni said they were relieved when Wapakhabulo told them he was going to marry Angelina. Wapakhabulo had earlier shown interest in marrying an American, a proposal his peers considered a betrayal given their student Pan-African revolutionary pretensions at the time.

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  1. ^ Wapakhabulo, Angelina (2014). "Welcome Message from the High Commissioner". Uganda's High Commission In Nairobi. Retrieved 20 March 2015. 
  2. ^ Anguyo, Innocent (13 November 2014). "Uganda’s Hybrid Car Launched In Kenya". New Vision (Kampala). Retrieved 20 March 2015. 
  3. ^ The White House, . (14 December 2006). "The White House Summit On Malaria: Fact Sheet". The White House (Washington DC). Retrieved 20 March 2015. 
  4. ^ Ultimate Multimedia (2 June 2016). "UNOC appoints Wapakabulo for CEO". Quoting Ultimate Multimedia. Retrieved 3 June 2016. 

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