“I Fell in Love with Ugandan People and Food”—Vampire Dairies Actor ‘Elijah’

Renowned American actor Daniel Gillies seems to have had a very memorable experience in Uganda.

Gillies is better known for his role as Elijah Mikaelson in American TV series Vampire Diaries and Originals.

The actor who has been in the country for the past one week told Journalists at Protea Hotel in Entebbe how he fell in love with Ugandan people.

Gillies at the press briefing

“I am going back today to Atlantic Georgia but, I have fallen in love with the people and food,” he said.

“The energy that they [Ugandan people] have placed on embracing the people of south Sudan is the best,” He said.

The actor flew into the country “help the refugees forced to flee their homes and the brutal conflict of the South Sudan.”

Daniel Gillies with Oxfam Country Director Peter Kamaligin during the press briefing at Protea Hotel on Tuesday

On why he had a long stay, Daniel says: “I have become older and wiser, that I learnt that where you were born impacts you.

“I see that some people like refugees do not have what we necessarily have like sanitation and clean water so I was here to create conversation about the importance of refugees having this,” he added.


Daniel, who is also an ambassador for Oxfam in America, revealed that he fell in love with Ugandan food.

“I loved the small yellow bananas; I wish I could carry some to my country. I also won’t forget the brown food I eat…”Kalo” (Millet floor) it was unique and different.” He concluded.

Daniel Gillies in a group photo with Oxfam executives from America and Uganda

During his stay the actor visited two refugee settlements ; Bidibidi and Mvepi which house 273,000 and 125,000 refugees respectively.

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