Bulaimu Muwanga Kibirige, commonly known as BMK, is a Ugandan businessman, entrepreneur and hotel owner. He is one of the wealthiest people in Uganda who has served the Diaspora in various capacities.
In 1986, BMK Group started a general trade and manufacturing company. Ten years later in 1997 Hotel Africana was born with only 40-rooms they have now expanded to 233 rooms and 30 serviced apartments on Kololo Hill, a prestigious location within Kampala’s central business district.
He named his hotel, Hotel Africana. During the next ten years, the hotel grew into a four star establishment, with several amenities, a swimming pool, manicured gardens and a conference center, the Africana Conference Center, with a seating capacity of 3,500 delegates.
In addition to the hotel, BMK has invested in real estate, construction equipment, motorcycle distributorships and foreign exchange bureaus across East and Central Africa.
He was also the founder of the Boda Boda rides a term he says was first used at the Boda of Uganda and Kenya when people used to cross on bicycles he later introduced Motorcycles imported from Japan and the culture of Boda Boda’s was born.
Bulaimu Muwanga Kibirige is the Chairman and Managing Director of the BMK Group of companies, whose member businesses include:
Hotel Africana, 2-4 Wampewo Avenue, Kololo Hill, Kampala, Uganda
BMK Group (U) Limited, Nateete, Kampala, Uganda
BMK Group (K) Limited, Nairobi, Kenya
BMK Group (T) Limited, Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania
BMK Group (R) Limited, Kigali, Rwanda
BMK Group (Z) Limited, Lusaka, Zambia
Hotel Africana Forex Bureau 1, 2-4 Wampewo Avenue, Kampala, Uganda
Hotel Africana Forex Bureau 2, 16-18 William Street, Kampala Uganda
BMK Construction Leasing Company, Kigali, Rwanda
BMK Oil Equipment Company, Kampala, Uganda
In addition to his private business interests, Bulaimu Muwanga Kibirige serves in the following public positions:
He is a former Chairman of the Uganda Hotel Owners Association (UHOA).
He is a former Board Member and Chairman Uganda chapter of the Ugandan North American Association (UNAA)
Currently he serves as the Chairman Uganda-American Sickle Cell Rescue Fund
This year he was also awarded a doctorate of Philosophy in Humanities at the United Graduate College and Seminary.
Dr. Bulaimu Muwanga Kibirige who currently has over 700 employees with a business empire stretching over 20 years will be a Diaspora Lifetime Award recipient for entrepreneurship in the East and Central Africa region.
Mr. BMK was our 2014 Diaspora Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient for his Entrepreneurship spirit and support for Diaspora affairs.
The Uganda Diaspora Network is a forum aimed at bringing together Ugandans who live and work abroad by celebrating their contributions overseas and also encouraging them to give of their time, talents, ideas and expertise whilst inspiring the next generation of Ugandan leaders.
Every year the Ugandan Diaspora Network will organize an annual Social Networking Gala and will also produce a quarterly publication highlighting the successes of the various Ugandans residing overseas. Please send us those inspirational stories and philanthropic work involving Ugandans abroad. We shall share these stories using this platform that is rapidly growing and expanding. The Next Diaspora Social Networking Gala will be Held on 30th December 2016 at The Kampala Serena Hotel.
I am glad that Dr. BMK will be the recipients of the Diapora Lifetime Award 2014. He is one of the few homegrown entrepreneurs with demonstrable interest in the diaspora community. During my last two years of transitioning from the USA back to Uganda, I have had extremely valuable interactions with Dr. BMK. My first meeting with him was at the Hilton Hotel in Nairobi. After that, I met with him at Hotel Africana where he personally gave a tour of his property and told me about the future expansion plans for the facility. He was Chairman of the Uganda Hotel Owners Association at the time. He made several appointments for me to meet with other major public and private players in the hotel industry. He likes to assist returning Ugandans who exhibit interest in contributing to the nations economy privately or otherwise. He is certainly an icon who deserves tha award.
I would not have a better choice for that award than Dr.Kibirige.I developed professionally under him and he gave me a chance to grow my career as his employee. I cannot hide my admiration for the respect he gives his employees.He does not act like a boss but rather a colleague and parent and if you went to Hotel Africana you may never know he is the owner because he is so down to earth and, very free with everyone. I learnt a great deal from him and have carried that on in my life and i must say he is hugely responsible for who i am today. I would like to say i appreciate all that i benefited as his employee and may Allah continue to bless him abundantly.
i salute to him ,he is a very gud bussiness man hear in uganda,he is the only man i look at for my beings in future