Moses Golola

(born 22 May 1980) is a Ugandan self-made celebrity,[1][2] entertainer,[3] champion kickboxer, actor, philanthropist, businessman and investor known for building his personal brand.

While his actual accomplishments as a kick boxer have been questioned by the media in Uganda,[4][5][6] with accusations ranging from rigged events [7] to outright fraud,[8] Golola has, nevertheless, been credited with popularizing the sport of kickboxing in Uganda (a discipline which previously generated minimal fan interest in Uganda) [9][10] and has managed to build up a large fan following in Uganda.[11] His 2011 fight against Abdul Qadir Rahim managed to attract the largest attendance in Uganda outside of Ugandan national football team matches[12] and Golola has perhaps the largest fan following in Uganda outside of the national football team.[13]

Golola has one of the largest online fan bases of anyone in Uganda.[14] His fans have created various memes associated with Golola [15] and even their own parody version of Downfall starring Golola.[16] He was also given the lead role in the Ugandan movie Christmas in Kampala.[17]

Golola is known for his humorous personality[18][19] and flamboyant showmanship,[20] traits which have helped him to popularize the sport of kickboxing in Uganda and helped him to gain a large fan following.[21][22]

He is the Kickboxing Champion of East and Central Africa[23] having emerged winner in a controversial match against Hungarian Andras Nagy on 9 December 2011.[24][25] Golola was involved in a financial dispute with his promoter at that time, Patrick Kanyomozi, and claimed that he was owed 30 million Ugandan shillings as his part of a 40-60 split from the fight.[26] The dispute later caused him to split with Kanyomozi and introduce his own brother as his promoter.[27]