Rwandan celebrities who achieved global recognition in 2023

By Esther Muhozi
On 22 December 2023 at 04:14

As 2023 draws to a close, Rwandans have left an indelible mark on the international scene across various fields. From entertainment to fashion, filmmaking to sports, the accomplishments of these individuals reflect a year of triumphs and recognition.

Israel Mbonyi’s Musical Triumph

Singer Israel Mbonyi’s worship and praise songs, particularly "Nina siri," have made history in East African music. With over 26 million views on YouTube, Mbonyi’s success has propelled him to the top of charts, earning him new fans from different African countries.

Sherrie Silver’s Global Dance Influence

Sherrie Silver, renowned for choreographing Childish Gambino’s "This is America" video, continues to make Rwanda proud internationally. Her accolades, including a recent award from TIME Magazine, attest to her role in promoting positive change in Africa.

Umuhire Eliane’s Cinematic Achievements

Filmmaker Umuhire Eliane has established herself as a prominent figure in international cinema. Her roles in films like "Birds are singing in Kigali" and "Augure" have earned her recognition, with upcoming projects alongside French cinema giants.

House of Tayo’s Fashion Prowess

Matthew Rugamba’s House of Tayo fashion house has garnered attention, dressing notables like FIFA President Gianni Infantino, Kevin Hart, and Junior Nyong’o. The international recognition affirms the brand’s significance in the fashion world.

Christine Munezero’s Rise in Fashion

Munezero Christine, a prominent figure in Rwandan fashion, reached new heights in 2023. Her appearance on New York billboards and participation in global fashion events, including Milan and Paris Fashion Week, showcase her growing influence.

Umufite Anipha’s Diverse Impact in Fashion Modeling

Anipha’s presence in international fashion events, representing major fashion houses, demonstrates her impact and diversity in the modeling world.

Mukansanga Salima Rhadia’s Refereeing Excellence

International referee Mukansanga Salima Rhadia showcased excellence in hockey, being selected for the Women’s World Cup and receiving the ’Forbes Woman Africa’ award for her outstanding work.

Ncuti Mizero Gatwa’s Filmmaking Success

Ncuti Mizero Gatwa, known for his role in "Sex Education," continued to thrive internationally. His involvement in the groundbreaking film "Barbie" and recognition at the Golden Globes and ’GQ Men of the Year 2023’ awards highlight his successful year.

Bruce Melodie’s International Musical Journey

Bruce Melodie’s collaboration with Shaggy on "When She’s Around (Funga Macho)" marked his entry into the international music scene. Performances on the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour and a reunion concert with Shaggy in Miami further solidified his global presence.

As these Rwandans bask in their accomplishments, their achievements in 2023 resonate globally, contributing to the positive image of Rwanda on the world stage.