Emmanuel Jambo: The Photographer Who Took President Ruto’s Official Portrait

Emmanuel Jambo is a celebrated professional photographer. He has captured the images of prominent people through his lens, including immediate former President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Kenya ushered the reign of President William Ruto. And with a new face at the helm, a new presidential portrait replaces that of the outgoing president. President Ruto’s official portrait was captured by Jambo, and made its debut to the official State House of Kenya twitter page immediately after the change of guard.


In his illustrious career, he has taken portraits of many important people, including South Sudan President Salva Kiir, and former presidents of Zambia, Rupiah Banda and Kenneth Kaunda. He recently photographed Riek Machar.

Back home, he has photographed former presidential candidates like Martha Karua and Peter Kenneth, not to mention numerous governors, MPs and senior government officials.

Emmanuel is originally from South Sudan, from the Moru tribe, one of the many small tribes of South Sudan. He left Sudan as a young boy when he was 12 years old.

In an interview with Business Daily, Emmanuel disclosed that his father was an ambassador and his mother worked for a telecommunication company in Sudan. His relocated to Egypt from Sudan and later moved to the US.

In 2012, Emmanuel was recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of the most influential photographers in Africa.