Nuwa Wamala Nnyanzi

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Nuwa Wamala Nnyanzi
Born (1952-10-28) 28 October 1952 (age 66)
ResidenceKampala, Uganda
Alma materCTC YMCA Kenya
(Diploma in Industrial Art & Design)
Middlesex University
(Master of Arts)
OccupationArtist, entrepreneur, cultural leader
Years active1978 – present
Known forArt, Leadership
Home townKampala
Spouse(s)Esther Nnyanzi

Nuwa Wamala Nnyanzi (born 28 October 1952), commonly known as Nuwa Nnyanzi, is a multi-media visual artist in Uganda. He is the founder, owner, and chief executive officer of the Nnyanzi Art Studio in Kampala, Uganda's capital city.[1][2]

Background and education[edit]

He was born in Uganda's Central Region. His father was a laboratory assistant and his mother was a nurse-midwife. He holds a diploma in industrial art and design from the CTS YMCA in Nairobi, Kenya. His Master of Arts degree was obtained from Middlesex University in the United Kingdom.[1][3]


From 1978 until 1992, Nnyanzi lived in political exile in Nairobi. While there, he began painting and sculpturing on his own. He horned his craft and earned a living off of his self-taught skill, until he made enough money to pay for art lessons.[4] In 1992, he returned to Uganda and opened the Nnyanzi Art Studio.[3] He has since, "committed his life to producing, collecting, documenting and promoting Uganda's rich cultural and natural heritage and that of the Great Lakes region".[1] He has held several workshops, demonstrations, lectures, and displays about this topic in various overseas countries including Kenya, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Australia, and the United States.[3][5][6][7]

Other responsibilities[edit]

Nuwa Nnyanzi serves in these positions, in addition to his full-time occupation: (1) Minister of Culture and Art in the cabinet of the Buganda Kingdom (2) Chairman of the Uganda Artists' Association (3) Chairman of the Kampala Central Branch of the Uganda Red Cross (4) President of the Rotary Club of Kampala West and (5) Director of the Uganda National Arts and Crafts Village.[3]


He is a married father of two children.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Musinguzi, Bamuturaki (12 March 2016). "Nuwa Nnyanzi, the elegant casual batik artist". The EastAfrican. Nairobi. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  2. ^ Curtis, Abraham (January 2004). "Nnyanzi the Master". London: Quoting New African Magazine. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e GAGC (2000). "Nuwa Wamala Nnyanzi". Atlanta: (GAGC). Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  4. ^ Fitzgerald, Anne (7 July 1986). "For African artist, small is beautiful". The Christian Science Monitor. Boston. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  5. ^ Ssenkaaba, Stephen (11 September 2011). "Nuwa Nnyanzi makes his mark in the US". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  6. ^ Ssenkaaba, Stephen (1 May 2014). "Nnyanzi to represent Uganda at international art festival". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 12 March 2012.
  7. ^ Ssenkaaba, Stephen (31 July 2013). "Touching America's heart with Ugandan art". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 12 March 2016.

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