|Date of birth||10 April 1984|
|Place of birth||Kampala, Uganda|
|Height||1.89 m (6 ft 2 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Left winger
|2000||Raleigh Capital Express||37||(18)|
|2002–2003||AS Port-Louis 2000||19||(15)|
|2008–2012||Heart of Midlothian||91||(6)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 May 2016.
Having arrived at Hearts as a left wing-back, Obua was primarily used as a left-sided midfield player, although he also played a number of games as a striker.
Born in Kampala, Uganda, Obua played for a number of clubs in his native Uganda including Police FC. He also spent some time in Mauritius and in the United States, where he played for Raleigh and Wilmington Hammerheads whilst attending college.
Obua was spotted by Kaizer Chiefs while playing for the Uganda national team against South Africa and was offered a 3-year contract. He made his debut on 11 August 2005 in a 2–0 win over Dynamos. He scored his first Chiefs goal in the Soweto derby on 29 October 2005. Obua impressed during his time in South Africa, winning the championship and South African Player of the Year in season 2006–07.
After expiry of his Kaizer Chiefs contract he was available on a free transfer in the summer of 2008. He landed a trial with Premier League club West Ham United, before agreeing a deal with Scottish Premier League club Heart of Midlothian. On 6 August, it was revealed that Obua was granted a work permit and had signed for Hearts.
He found life in the SPL difficult in his first two seasons, although he did see an improvement in his form when Jim Jefferies replaced his former national manager Csaba László. In the absence of a target man, Obua has often played in the unfamiliar role of striker. Obua scored the winner in an Edinburgh derby at Easter Road, home of arch rivals Hibernian. Obua was sent off at Hearts' home match against Celtic on 11 May 2011 at an eventual 3–0 loss. He scored the opening goal of the 2011–12 SPL season against Rangers at Ibrox with a header from a corner. Obua was told in April 2012 that his contract with Hearts would not be extended.
David Obua began playing for the Cranes during his time at Super League club Express FC. In September 2007, Obua scored a hat-trick for Uganda in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Niger which Uganda won 3–1. On 10 October 2011, he reportedly refused to meet with the President of the Republic of Uganda in their training camp and also had not been in good terms with the FUFA president, he vowed never to play for Uganda again, at least while president Lawrence Mulindwa and head coach Bobby Williamson were involved with the setup.
|Club||Season||League||Scottish Cup||League Cup||Europe||Other||Total|
|Heart of Midlothian||2008–09 season||27||2||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||30||2|
Obua is the son of the late Denis Obua, who played for Uganda in the 1978 African Cup of Nations. He also has a younger brother, Eric Obua who is a Cranes youth international. His uncle John Akii-Bua became Uganda's first Olympic champion by winning the 400-metre hurdles in the world record time of 47.82 seconds at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich.
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- Obua's Uganda threat – Vows never to play again
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- Obua, Denis. "John Akii-Bua is a forgotten sports hero". Uganda Observer. Retrieved 23 July 2011.