Early Life & Birthday
Jovia Mutesi was born on June 15, 1992, in Mayuge district, Uganda. Mutesi is a devout Christian and a member of the Anglican Church of Uganda. She is also a philanthropist and a social worker who supports various causes and charities, especially those related to women and children.
She is the patron of the Mutesi Foundation, a non-governmental organization that aims to empower women and girls through education, health, and economic opportunities. She is also the ambassador of the Girl Child Network Uganda, a network that advocates for the rights and welfare of girls in Uganda.
Family Background & Tribe
Mutesi is the daughter of Stanley Bayoole and Florence Bayoole, who are both natives of the Mayuge district in the Busoga region of Uganda. Her father is a civil servant and a politician, who currently serves as the Resident District Commissioner of Bulambuli district. He was also the former mayor of the Mayuge town council and a member of the ruling National Resistance Movement party. Her mother is a homemaker and a farmer, who takes care of the family’s land and livestock.
Jovia Mutesi has three siblings: a sister, Lydia Bayoole, and two brothers, Isaac Bayoole and Emmanuel Bayoole. Lydia is a nurse and a mother of two, who lives in Kampala. Isaac is a businessman and a father of one, who resides in Jinja. Emmanuel is a student and a musician, who goes by the stage name of Eman B. He is also based in Jinja.
Jovia Mutesi attended St. Mary’s College Namagunga, a prestigious girls’ boarding school in Mukono district, for her secondary education. She excelled in academics and co-curricular activities and was the head girl of the school in her senior year. She graduated in 2009 with excellent grades and was admitted to Makerere University, the oldest and largest public university in Uganda.
She pursued a Bachelor of Laws degree and graduated in 2013 with honors. She then joined the Law Development Centre, a legal training institution in Kampala, for her postgraduate diploma in legal practice. She completed the course in 2014 and was enrolled as an advocate of the High Court of Uganda. She also holds a Master of Laws degree in human rights and democratization in Africa from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, which she obtained in 2016.
Jovia started her career as a legal officer at the Uganda Human Rights Commission, a constitutional body that protects and promotes human rights in Uganda. She worked there from 2014 to 2016 and handled cases of human rights violations, especially those affecting women and children. She also conducted research, advocacy, and education on human rights issues.
In 2016, she joined Katende, Ssempebwa & Company Advocates, one of the leading law firms in Uganda, as an associate. She specialized in corporate and commercial law, civil litigation, and alternative dispute resolution. She worked at the firm until 2021 when she left to focus on her royal duties as the Inhebantu of Busoga.
Mutesi is a remarkable woman who has risen from humble beginnings to become the queen of one of the oldest and most influential kingdoms in Uganda. She is a role model and an inspiration for many women and girls who aspire to achieve their dreams and goals.