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John Wafula Ogwero
John Wafula Ogwero
Birth: 28 February 1911?
Bwoya Village, Bukhooli County, Iganga District, Uganda Protectorate (now Uganda)
Age: 111 years, 129 days?
Country: UgandaUGA

John Wafula Ogwero (born 28 February 1911?) is an Ugandan supercentenarian claimant whose age is currently unvalidated by Gerontology Research Group (GRG). If validated, he would be the oldest person ever in Uganda.


Wafula Ogwero claims to have been born in Bwoya Village, Bukhooli County, Iganga District, Uganda Protectorate (now Uganda) on 28 February 1911, the second born of the five children of Ogweyo Onyango and Major Nabirye.

He was baptised at Iganga Catholic Church on 17 February 1929. He dropped out of school in Primary Three because of fees constraints and the long distance.

Wafula Ogwero started working at the age of 25 as a Gombolola Chief in Sigulu Island in Namayingo before he joined business. He was a tax collector at different landing sites.

He married for the first time at the age of 28. He had five wives and had 25 children (six deceased as of February 2021). He also adopted an orphan girl called Jidah Akinyi.

His father died at the age of 86 and his mother died at the age of 91.

At the claimed age of 110, Wafula Ogwero still prays at Namutamba Elim Pentecostal Church in Namayingo District.

In February 2021, he celebrated his claimed 110th birthday. At the time, he had 19 living children (including Anne Ogweyo Walwema, Peter Ouma, Daniel Ogweyo, Bishop John Joseph Ogweyo and Pastor Patrick Wandera) and 125 grandchildren (including Regan Wandera Ogweyo and Dr Peace Mbengei).

Wafula Ogwero currently lives in Bwoya Village, Banda Town Council, Namayingo District, Uganda, at the claimed age of 111 years, 129 days.