Biography: The life of Bobi Wine

Kyagulanyi was brought into the world in Nkozi Hospital, where his mom worked.

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Bobi Wine
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Ssentamu in 2019
Individual from Parliament for Kyadondo County East
In office
11 July 2017 – 12 May 2021
Gone before by Sitenda Sebalu
Individual subtleties
Born Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu
Nkozi, Uganda
Political party National Unity Platform
Spouse(s) Barbara Itungo Kyagulanyi

(m. 2011)
Children 4
Alma mater Makerere University, International University of East Africa
Occupation Politician, artist, entertainer
Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, known by his stage name Bobi Wine, is an Ugandan lawmaker, artist, and entertainer. He is a previous Member of Parliament for Kyadondo County East supporters in Wakiso District, in Uganda’s Central Region.[1] He additionally drives the National Unity Platform political party.[2] In June 2019, he reported his nomination for the 2021 Ugandan official political race. He partook in the 2021 political race where he lost to the officeholder Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, an outcome which Kyagulanyi and an enormous segment of the public emphatically disputed.[3]

On December 14, 2021, he was put detained at home by the Government of Uganda. He has kept on fighting his arrest.[4][5]

1 Early life and schooling
2 Entertainment profession
2.1 Music profession
2.2 Film profession
3 Political profession
3.1 Arua by-political decision episode
3.2 Anti-virtual entertainment charge fight
3.3 2021 official political race
4 Humanitarian work
5 Controversies
6 Personal life
7 Accolades
7.1 Awards and selections
7.2 Other distinctions
8 Discography
9 Filmography
10 References
11 External connections
Early life and schooling
Kyagulanyi was brought into the world in Nkozi Hospital, where his mom worked.[6] He experienced childhood in the Kamwokya ghetto in the northeastern piece of Kampala, the capital city of Uganda.[7]

Kyagulanyi went to Kitante Hill School, where he achieved his Uganda Certificate of Education in 1996, as well as Kololo Senior Secondary School, where he accomplished his Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education in 1998. He then went to Makerere University in Kampala, where he concentrated on music, dance, and show, graduating with a certificate in 2003. In 2016, Kyagulanyi got back to college to concentrate on regulation at the International University of East Africa.[8][9]

Diversion profession
Music profession
Kyagulanyi started his music profession in the mid 2000s, and adjusted the stage name Bobi Wine. His most memorable singles “Akagoma”, “Funtula”, and “Sunda” (including Ziggy D) got him achievement the East African music scene.[8] His music has been described as reggae, dancehall, and afrobeat, frequently with a socially cognizant message. He was the head of the gathering Fire Base Crew[10] until its disbandment, after which he began another gathering known as Ghetto Republic of Uganja.[11] He has delivered in excess of 70 melodies north of 15 years.[8]

In 2016, his tune “Kiwani” was included on the soundtrack for the Disney film Queen of Katwe.[12]

Bobi Wine’s significant music kind has forever been Afrobeat music. Bobi Wine’s music was being sold and advanced by the late Kasiwukira. He recognized getting receipts of 60M from his music deals in only one month from Kasiwukira. He has a completely Monetized YouTube channel where with a huge number of perspectives. He has held different shows and exhibitions notwithstanding brand supports generally that carry pay to him. He claims a business creation studio in Kamwokya known as FireBase records.

Movie vocation
Kyagulanyi is additionally a film entertainer, basically featuring in nearby Ugandan movies.[8] In 2010, he was projected in Cleopatra Kyoheirwe’s theatrics film Yogera. In 2015, he was projected in a lead job in the Twaweza-upheld film Situka with Hellen Lukoma.[13] He has likewise chipped away at various different movies, including Divizionz.[14]

Bobi Wine had his own unscripted television show named The Ghetto President[15]

Political profession
In April 2017, Kyagulanyi reported his appointment for parliament in a by-political decision for Kyadondo County East voting demographic. His house to house strolling effort stood out both in Uganda and abroad.[11][16] He won the challenge well beyond what might be expected, beating two prepared applicants: Sitenda Sebalu of the decision National Resistance Movement (NRM) party and Apollo Kantinti of the fundamental resistance Forum for Democratic Change (FDC).[1][17][18]

In 2018, Kyagulanyi acquired expanding notoriety, advocating the triumphs in the greater part of the by-decisions by the competitors he lobbied for, in this way destroying NRM and FDC applicants.

Arua by-political race episode
On 14 August 2018, allies of the autonomous possibility for parliament Kassiano Wadri supposedly hindered and went after President Museveni’s escort in the northern town of Arua, close to Gulu. Museveni’s motorcade was purportedly pelted with stones, prompting conflicts between security powers and protesters.[19] Later, Kyagulanyi, a candid pundit of Museveni, uncovered through a web-based entertainment post that police had deliberately taken shots at his vehicle, killing his driver. Kyagulanyi had embraced Wadri’s bid against the authority supportive of Museveni up-and-comer in Arua.[20]

Kyagulanyi was captured on 15 August 2018 for potential charges of unlawful ownership of guns and affectation to violence,[21] after which he was gotten front of a tactical court and accused of the previous the next day. The Times detailed that Kyagulanyi seemed to have been beaten under the watchful eye of showing up in court.[22] Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, an attorney who has addressed kept MPs, said that Kyagulanyi was in a stressing condition of wellbeing and required earnest clinical attention.[23] The public authority has over and again prevented claims from getting torment. Ugandan resistance pioneer Kizza Besigye called a public interview, where he requested the MP’s prompt release.[24]

With well known fights filling in Uganda requesting Kyagulanyi’s delivery, and warmed conversations in the Ugandan Parliament, the Ugandan State indictment pulled out the charges documented during Kyagulanyi’s second appearance before the General Court Martial in Gulu on 23 August 2018. The arraignment demonstrated it would additionally seek after potential charges in a non military personnel court for a potential preliminary of the MP.[25] Upon discharge, Kyagulanyi was rearrested and accused of treachery in a regular citizen court.[26] In September 2018, Kyagulanyi was delivered on bail and made a trip to the United States for clinical treatment for wounds he supposedly got in custody.[27] The Ugandan government restricted his allies from social affair upon the arrival of his delivery, and upon the arrival of his return from the United States.[27][28] He ultimately tended to his allies in a get-together external his home upon his re-visitation of Uganda on 20 September 2018.[29]

In August 2019, Kyagulanyi was accused of “plan to alert, pester or scorn” President Museveni for his part in the Arua episode the earlier year. The charges came a day after the passing of Ziggy Wine, an individual Ugandan performer and firm pundit of Museveni, who was seized and tormented by obscure assailants.[30][31]

Against online entertainment charge fight
On 22 April 2019, Kyagulanyi was confined while endeavoring to advance toward an arranged show at his exclusive hangout in southern Kampala, which was dropped by police.[32] He was blamed for driving a dissent in the city the earlier year without earlier police authorisation; the dissent was held against the “virtual entertainment charge” which produced results in July 2018.[33][34] On 29 April 2019, en route to the workplaces of the Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) to respect a request and give an assertion on the dropped show, Kyagulanyi was again captured and taken to Buganda Road Court, where he was accused of noncompliance of legal obligation and remanded to Luzira Maximum Security Prison until his bail hearing on 2 May.[35] In a proclamation the next day, Amnesty International requested his quick delivery and asked the Ugandan government to “quit abusing the law in a bold endeavor to quietness him for reprimanding the government.”[36] upon the arrival of the consultation, which was led through video conferencing (the initial time throughout the entire existence of Uganda’s equity framework), Kyagulanyi was conceded bail and set free from jail, with the court likewise banishing him from holding unlawful demonstrations.[37]

2021 official political decision
Principal article: 2021 Ugandan general political race
On 24 July 2019, Kyagulanyi officially declared his bid to run for president in the 2021 general election.[38] On 22 July 2020, he reported that he had enlisted in the National Unity Platform party, becoming chosen its leader and official banner carrier in the impending February 2021 general election.[39] Kyagulanyi was officially designated to campaign for the most elevated position of administration on 3 Nov 2020. Not long after his designation, Kyagulanyi was captured by the Ugandan military.[40]

On 6 November 2020, he sent off his mission pronouncement in Mbarara (western Uganda) after state agents cordoned off his NUP party workplaces keeping him from sending off the proclamation from that point as planned.[41]

On 18 November 2020, Ssentamu was captured in Luuka District (Eastern Uganda) and kept at Nalufenya Police Station in Jinja for 3 days. As per the Daily Monitor news paper, “Police blamed Mr Kyagulanyi for having in excess of 200 allies prescribed by the EC to contain additionally spread of Covid-19.”[42]

His capture was met by wide spread show around the nation generally in pieces of Kampala, Masaka, Jinja, Mukono, Mbale and Wakiso. Albeit the Uganda police claimed that main 54 individuals were killed, common liberty activists put the figure to in excess of 100 killed and a few others harmed,

More than 2000 individuals were imprisoned during the resulting protests.[43][44]

Wine’s guardian Francis Senteza was killed on 27 December 2020, in the wake of being run over by a truck having a place with the tactical police. He was gone after while assisting with moving a writer fundamentally harmed by poisonous gas during a previous showdown between the police and a gathering of Bobi Wine’s supporters.

One more writer was likewise injured in the incident.[45]

On 16 January the discretionary commission reported that Museveni won re-appointment with 58,6% of the vote. Wine wouldn’t acknowledge the outcomes, asserting that the political decision was the most deceitful in Uganda’s history.[46]

Wine was put on house capture on 15 January, not long after making his choice for the official political decision. The military encompassed his home and didn’t give anybody access or out for a few days, in spite of Wine asserting he has run out of food. The U.S. representative to Uganda, Natalie E. Brown was not permitted to visit or leave nourishment for him as the military obstructed the convoy.[47] Wine was delivered on 26 January after the Ugandan High Court requested security powers to end the house arrest.[48] On 1 February, Bobi wine tested the 2021 decisions in court and later arranged his attorneys to pull out the case refering to predisposition from the appointed authorities, after photographs of the main equity with the president who was the reporter were seen.

Compassionate work[edit]

Kyagulanyi has upheld a few down to earth ventures to further develop conditions for the poor.[7] In 2012, he began a mission to advance more customary cleaning in clinics, sterilization, trash the executives, and hand washing to forestall disease.[49] A YouTube video from September 2012 shows him joining Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago in tidying up Kamwookya, the ghetto neighborhood where Kyagulanyi developed up.[49] that very year, he likewise gave assets to fabricate pit lavatories and build a waste direct in Kisenyi II, a Kampala ghetto that the New Vision depicted as being “portrayed by rottenness, swarmed shanty structures, unfortunate disinfection and absence of essential social offices.” Kyagulanyi made sense of that he set out on the task “on the grounds that these are my kin, and regardless of where I go, this will continuously be home.”[7]

He has additionally lobbied for intestinal sickness counteraction, with gifts to Nakasongola Health Center, and references to the illness in his songs.[50]

In August 2013, Kyagulanyi visited the Bundibugyo Refugee Camp in Bundibugyo District, alongside agents from Save the Children, UNHCR, and the Red Cross, to convey reserves and supplies.[51] The next month, he was named as a nurturing diplomat by Twaweza, a NGO that spotlights on schooling and resident commitment in East Africa; his message in this organization was to advance dependable nurturing among his Ugandan fans. In a meeting about the venture, that’s what he said “instruction will eventually steer our nation and as an artiste and a dad, I accept we can all have an effect in our kids’ learning.”[52]

In 2014, Kyagulanyi was named as a diplomat for Save the Children’s EVERY ONE mission, joining a group of 14 Ugandan craftsmen who recorded an extraordinary melody and video about maternal and youngster wellbeing. Other driving specialists in the video included Jose Chameleone, and Radio and Weasel, who make up the Goodlyfe Crew.[53] Kyagulanyi and his better half Barbara went to emergency clinics all through Uganda, including Nakaseke Hospital, meeting with birthing assistants and wellbeing laborers to promote the campaign.[50] Save the Children likewise took him to different locales for the mission, remembering Nyumanzi Refugee Settlement for northwestern Uganda for South Sudanese people.[54] Currently, Bobi Wine is the Patron of a young ladies and high schooler moms strengthening Non Government Organization called Caring Hearts Uganda, established by his significant other Barbie Kyagulanyi. About Caring Hearts Uganda – NonProfit for feminine wellbeing in Uganda.


Kyagulanyi is in many cases frank about political and social issues in Uganda, producing some discussion. Until January 2019, he had a well established quarrel with individual Ugandan performer Bebe Cool, who has sung on the side of President Museveni and the NRM, while Kyagulanyi has upheld resistance interests.[55][56]

In July 2014, it was declared that Kyagulanyi was to act in the United Kingdom at The Drum Arts Center in Birmingham and the Troxy in London.[57] This prompted requires a boycott due to his verses offering viewpoints against homosexuality.[58] Both settings along these lines dropped Kyagulanyi’s appearances.[59][60] In a May 2016 Twitter trade with ULC Monastery LGBTI, an American Christian gathering that advances resistance toward the LGBT people group, Kyagulanyi recommended that he had gotten away from his past homophobic remarks, yet didn’t explicitly express that his perspectives on homosexuality had changed.[61]

In 2015, Kyagulanyi freely safeguarded the Buganda realm’s gathering pledges endeavors as it was cruelly condemned by the straightforward Sheik Muzaata, working up a conflict of words.[62] Kyagulanyi has now and again been known as Omubanda wa Kabaka (the lord’s rebel) for his commitment to the Kabaka (King) of Buganda.[63]

In April 2016, when Uganda’s just radiotherapy machine in Mulago separated, Kyagulanyi took a main situation in far reaching public outrage at the sluggish authority reaction, and posted an investigate of the public authority’s treatment of general medical care, moving the country’s chiefs to utilize residents’ taxes.[64][65]

All through the 2015-16 political decision time frame, Kyagulanyi pulled together his messages to call for resilience of various views.[66] Kyagulanyi’s public calls for quiet activism during the 2016 political decision, with melodies, for example, “Dembe”, incited blended responses from various political interests in Uganda. During this period, the Uganda Communications Commission rejected that it had prohibited “Dembe” from Ugandan radio.[67] Three months after the political race, the U.S. Envoy to Uganda Deborah R. Malac welcomed Kyagulanyi to a proper government office occasion, and remarked that he was a positive impact for nearby youth.[68]

Whenever the Ugandan government switched off web-based entertainment during the 2016 political race, Kyagulanyi utilized a virtual private organization (VPN) to present on his insubordination on the interchanges closure on his Facebook page while additionally bringing up that the public authority kept on utilizing web-based entertainment during the closure they initiated.[69][70] Kyagulanyi was subsequently picked as a specialist to talk about opportunity of articulation on World Press Freedom Day in Kampala in May 2016.[71] In March 2016, he guarded the right of his imaginative adversaries to communicate sees that Kyagulanyi himself doesn’t support.[72]

In August 2020, Kyagulanyi was hauled to court on charges of adulterating data, getting enrollment by deceptive motivation and expressing bogus documents.[73][74]

On 3 November 2020, Kyagulanyi was captured after his designation to the political race body for the it was confirmed to impending general political decision. An assertion on his authority Twitter account said he was viciously captured external the selection scene, briefly dazed and abused by police and the military.[75]

Individual life[edit]

While learning at Makerere University, Kyagulanyi met his significant other, Barbara Itungo, who at the time was a S6 understudy at Bweranyangi Girls’ Senior Secondary School. Their wedding occurred in August 2011 following decade of living respectively. They have four children.[76] Kyagulanyi and his family dwell in Magere Village, Wakiso District, where he guarantees they “go together to dig and get food, at whatever point we can. I do that since I believe them should figure out how to carry on with a standard life, not as a big name’s children.”[77]

On 10 February 2015, Kyagulanyi’s dad passed on after an extended fight with diabetes.[78] The vigil and internment pulled in many grievers including government authorities and other celebrities.[79] One month after the fact, Kyagulanyi delivered the melody “Paradiso”, which conveys the message of esteeming your folks while they are still alive.[80]

Grants and nominations[edit]

2005 Pearl of Africa Music Awards Song of the Year “Mama Mbiire” (with Juliana Kanyomozi) Won [81] 2006 Pearl of Africa Music Awards Best Afro Beat Single “Bada” Won [82] Artiste of the Year Bobi Wine Won
Tanzania Music Awards Best East African Album Mama Mbiire Nominated [83] 2007 Pearl of Africa Music Awards Best Afro Beat Single “Kiwani” Won [84] Best Afro Beat Artiste/Group Bobi Wine Won
Kisima Music Awards Best Song Uganda “Bada” Nominated [85] 2008 Pearl of Africa Music Awards Best Afro Beat Artiste/Group Bobi Wine Won [86] 2009 MTV Africa Music Awards Best Video “Little Things You Do” (Wahu highlighting Bobi Wine) Nominated [87] 2013 HiPipo Music Awards Artist of the Year Bobi Wine Nominated [88] Best Male Artist Bobi Wine Nominated
Best Ragga/Dancehall Song “By Far” Nominated
Best Afrobeat Song “Jennifer” Won [89] 2018 Zzina Awards Afro-Beat Song of the Year “Kyarenga” Nominated [90] Male Artiste of the Year Bobi Wine Won
Artiste of the Year Bobi Wine Nominated
Melody of the Year “Kyarenga” Won
Other honours[edit] 2018 Africanews Personality of the Year[91] 2019 Foreign Policy Global Thinkers[92] 2019 Rainbow/PUSH International Humanitarian Award[93] 2019 Friedrich Naumann Foundation Africa Freedom Prize[94] 2022 Together with Producer Ronie Matovu, Humphrey Nabimanya and Bryan Morel Publications, Bobi Wine was granted at Forty Under 40 Africa grants in Accra Ghana.

Discography adjusted from Spotify.[95]

2015: Bobi Wange
2015: Hosanah
2015: Kansubize
2015: Ontabira
2015: Sweet
2018: Kyarenga
Singles and expanded plays
2015: “Ayagala Mulaasi”
2017: “Opportunity”
2018: “Kyarenga”
2019: “Tuliyambala Engule”
2020: “Covid Alert”
Filmography[edit] 2008: Divisionz
2010: Yogera
2015: Situka
2016: Omubanda wakabaka


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