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Idi Amin
3rd President of Uganda
In office
25 January 1971 – 11 April 1979
Vice President Mustafa Adrisi
Preceded by Milton Obote
Succeeded by Yusufu Lule
Personal details
Born Idi Amin Dada
August 17, 1925(1925-08-17)
Koboko, Uganda
Died August 16, 2003(2003-08-16) (aged 77)
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Nationality Ugandan
Spouse(s) Malyamu Amin (divorced)
Kay Amin (divorced)
Nora Amin (divorced)
Madina Amin (widow)
Sarah Amin (widow)
Profession Soldier
Religion Islam
Military service
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Uganda Uganda
Service/branch British Army
Ugandan Army
Years of service 1946–1962 (UK)
1962–1979 (Uganda)
Rank Lieutenant (UK)
Field Marshal (Uganda, self-styled)
Unit King's African Rifles
Commands Commander-in-Chief of the Forces
Battles/wars Mau Mau Uprising
1971 Ugandan coup d'état
Uganda-Tanzania War

Idi Amin Dada (17 August 1925[1] – 16 August 2003) was a repressive dictator of the African country of Uganda. The President of Tanzania at the time, Julius Nyerere, invaded Uganda to save the country from Idi Amin.

Amin is famous for sending all Asians, mainly from India and Pakistan, out of Uganda. He threw them out because he believed they were taking the jobs of Ugandans. Many of the Asians that left Uganda came back after Amin was thrown out.

Amin was a convert to Islam.[2] He supported the cause of Palestine freedom. This caused the hijacking of an Air France flight that landed in Uganda.

He died in 2003 in Saudi Arabia from kidney failure, aged 77. He lived in Saudi Arabia after being thrown out of Uganda, he was barred from ever returning since he left. He died one day before his 78th birthday.

He was put on life support on July 18 but when his organs began to fail life support machines were disconnected by family.[3] He was buried without any memorial in a simple grave.[4]

A 2006 movie, The Last King of Scotland is about Amin's government. Forest Whitaker won an Academy Award for best actor.


  1. Many sources, like Encyclopædia Britannica, Encarta and the Columbia Encyclopedia, hold that Amin was born in Koboko or Kampala circa 1925, and that the exact date of his birth is unknown. Researcher Fred Guweddeko claimed that Amin was born on 17 May 1928,[1], but that is disputed.[2] The only certainty is that Amin was born some time during the mid-1920s.
  2. The Idi Amin I knew
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