Ashraf Ssemwogerere

Kabaka of Buganda Lukyamuzi Bashir Kampala

Ashraf Ssemwogerere
OccupationScreenwriter, director, actor, stage actor
Years active1980–present

Ashraf Ssemwogerere (or Semwogerere) is a Ugandan film actor, director and stage actor.[1] He rose to fame with his movie Mukajanga ("The passion of the Ugandan Martyrs"), a story about the team of Buganda royals who were killed for their Christian faith by the Kabaka Mwanga II of Buganda.[2] Semwogerere was kidnapped in Kinawataka by unidentified people in 2006, after screening his new play Murder in the City at the National Theatre.[3][4] His movie Feeling Struggle is believed to be the first feature film in Uganda.[5]

His other films include The Honourable[6] and Murder in the City, a story based on Aggrey Kiyingi[who?] upon the murder of his wife, Robinah Kiyingi.[7]

Ashraf features in Lukyamuzi Bashir's movie Bala Bala Sese as Ireene.[8]


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  2. ^ "Films Uganda: Ashraf Semwogerere is back with Movie". 2009-06-02. Archived from the original on 2015-06-10. Retrieved 2013-10-07.
  3. ^ "Ugandan Filmmakers Want More Freedom of Expression". Uganda Radio Network. 2012-08-27. Retrieved 2013-10-07.
  4. ^ "Same script, different casts | In2EastAfrica – East African news, Headlines, Business, Tourism, Sports, Health, Entertainment, Education". 1959-12-02. Archived from the original on 2013-10-08. Retrieved 2013-10-07.
  5. ^ "The Observer - Ugandan films suffer stillbirth". Retrieved 2013-10-07.
  6. ^ "Uganda: Local Film Distributors Raise the Flag for Kinauganda Films". 2008-10-16. Retrieved 2013-10-07.
  7. ^ "Court demands movie script". 2005-10-31. Archived from the original on 2015-06-10. Retrieved 2013-10-07.
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