ibrahim ssemujju nganda biography
Who is Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda?

Who is Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda?: Flash Uganda Media looks at his biography, age, family, wife, tribe, house, articles, work and experience, political career, Kira Municipality, early life and education of a Ugandan journalist and politician.

Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda is a Ugandan journalist and politician. He is the Kira municipality legislator in the 11th Parliament of Uganda.

He is a family person, a very serious man, extremely playful, seemingly impulsive but thoughtful, very religious, generous, friendly, stubborn, very strict, very empathetic, loving, a kind person, determined and someone who argues a lot.

Ssemujju once wrote in 1997 that no Muganda will be President again after Yusuf Lule, Godfrey Binaisa and Paulo Muwanga who ruled this country for only days. 

Before joining University, Semujju preferred teaching to journalism. He applied for a change, of course, the time he joined Makerere 

University but the then head of Mass Communication, Kiyimba Abbas refused to sign his form. 

According to Ssemujju, Kiyimba argued that Muslims in the journalism industry were few, and his target was to include many into the industry, the reason he refused to let Semujju go.

Ssemujju is a member of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party and has been very instrumental during the age limit removal bill. He strongly opposed and rejected the passing of the bill, although it was passed.

Early Life and Education

Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda was born on 23rd Sept 1973 in Bijaaba Village, Kyazanga Municipality, Lwengo District before it was curbed out of Masaka District to Hajji Ali Nganda Nkwanga and Hajati Sophia Nalwooga.

Semujju who is from a polygamous family is his mother’s 16th child and 48th in his father’s house.

Semujju Nganda went to Bijaaba Islamic Institute, from where he obtained his Primary Leaving Education Certificate (PLE). Thereafter, the institute opened up a secondary school and Semujju joined in for his senior 1 class.

However, Semujju left the school after senior two and joined Masaka Secondary School for his senior three because the school perished, he was the only student left who was willing to study, others had gotten married and others joined the business. 

This is where he completed his senior four in 1992 and senior six in 1995.

From Masaka SS, Semujju got admitted to Makerere University on a government scholarship to study a Bachelor’s of Arts in Mass-Communication graduating in 1998.

Since Semujju was from a poor background, he had to fend for himself to acquire some school requirements. However, most times his father could negotiate with the school if school fees were delayed since he was a driver who supplied foodstuff to schools around Masaka. 

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In 1997, Ssemujju noted that no Muganda would again be president after Yusuf Lule, Godfrey Binaisa and Paulo Muwanga, who each held the position only for days. FILE PHOTO

Ssemujju was the first child in his family to pass S.4 & S.6 with flying colours and the first, to achieve a government scholarship. This is the happiest moment in his life; Semujju’s father photocopied the slips and distributed them to family and friends because of much excitement. 

Work and Experience

Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda began working as a news reporter at the Crusader; a tri-weekly newspaper run by the majority of Semujju’s lecturers. 

Then after completing his studies in 1998, he joined the Daily Monitor newspaper based in Kampala Uganda, till 2004, covering parliamentary matters.

2000-2001, Semujju was a Journalism lecturer at the Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU). Then in 2004, he left the Daily Monitor and joined The Observer as a reporter and a shareholder.

Semujju worked as a political editor and educational news editor until 2011 where he resigned to join politics. He contested for the Kyadondo East Parliamentary seat on the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) ticket and won the race.

During the 2016 general elections, Kira Municipality was created, curbed out of Kyadondo East Constituency, and as a result, Semujju chose to represent Kiira Municipality to date. 

He narrates that his political career was influenced by his journalistic work including 2009, Buganda riots. Semujju says he could no longer stay a journalist, but rather fight for the rights of the Buganda Kingdom.

Semujju shot the limelight following the 2009 Buganda riots, especially Buganda region because of the views he aired and the eloquence with which he presented them. He used to appear on CBS, the Mengo based station, and Capital FM.

At Parliament, Semujju served as the Committee Chair on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises, member of the Committee on Defense and Internal Affairs and the Business Committee and opposition Chief Whip.

Ssemujju attempted to contest for Parliament Speakership position but lost the race to Jacob Oulanyah.

While at Makerere University, Semujju served as the Makerere University Muslim Student’s Association.

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His wife, Farida Babirye Ssemujju, and he have three daughters and three sons. FILE PHOTO

Family

Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda is married to Faridah Babirye Ssemujju, and together they have three daughters and three sons. He loves his family a lot.

He spends his free time with his wife and children, football and his favourite teams are Express FC & Arsenal.