We woke up on the sad news of of the death of city businessman and proprietor of popular Hotel Africana Dr. Hajji Bulaimu Muwanga Kibirige (BMK) from Nairobi hospital. Here is his full and updated biography, net worth, businesses, career path, family and cause of death.
Bulaimu Muwanga Kibirige (BMK) Biography
Born on 2nd October, 1953, Hajj Bulaimu Muwanga Kibirige, commonly known as BMK, is a Ugandan businessman, entrepreneur and hotel owner. He is one of the wealthiest people in Uganda.
In 2014, BMK was awarded a doctorate of Philosophy in Humanities at the United Graduate College and Seminary. In the same year, he received a Diaspora Lifetime Award for entrepreneurship in the East and Central Africa region.
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.
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, Bulaimu Muwanga Kibirige invested in real estate, construction equipment, motorcycle distributorships and foreign exchange bureaus across East and Central Africa.
He is also the founder of the Boda Boda rides in Uganda, a term he says was first used at the border of Uganda and Kenya when people used to cross on bicycles he later introduced Motorcycles imported from Japan and the culture of Boda Bodas 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, Hotel Africana- Moroto, 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 and BMK Group (Z) Limited, Lusaka, Zambia.
His other businesses include, Hotel Africana Forex Bureau 1, 2-4 Wampewo Avenue, Kampala, Uganda, Hotel Africana Forex Bureau 2, 16-18 William Street, Kampala Uganda, Construction Leasing Company, Kigali, Rwanda and BMK Oil Equipment Company, Kampala, Uganda.
In addition to his private business interests, Bulaimu Muwanga Kibirige served 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)
Before his death, he served as the Chairman Executive Board of Uganda-Sickle Cell Rescue Foundation.
BMK since he has been a top city business magnet, his net worth had shot up to a range of $100m – $130m putting all his assets in consideration.
Cause of Death
Bulaimu Muwanga Kibirige aka BMK cause of death is still a mystery, but so close sources reveal to us that he must have succumbed to cancer from Nairobi hospital in Kenya.
He has been married with more than one wife and had more than 5 children from all his wives.