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Bobi Wine Basic Information
|Stage Name:||Bobi Wine|
|Real Name:||Ssentamu Robert Kyagulanyi|
|Occupation:||Politician, Activist, Philanthropist, Singer, and Actor|
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|Place of Birth:||Nkozi, Mpigi District|
Bobi Wine Biography
Kyagulanyi was born on February 12 1982, at the Nkozi Hospital, where his mother was a midwife. He was raised in the Kamwokya slum in Kampala, the nation of Uganda’s capital. Kyagulanyi attended Kitante Hill School, where he earned his Uganda Certificate of Education in 1996, and Kololo Senior Secondary School, where he earned his Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education in 1998. After that, he went to Makerere University in Kampala to study music, dance, and drama. He received a diploma there in 2003. Kyagulanyi returned to school in 2016 to pursue a Bachelor of Law at the International University of East Africa.
Jackson Wellington Ssentamu is his father, while Margaret Nalunkuuma is his mother. His mother supported the family financially by working as a nurse. After a protracted struggle with diabetes, Kyagulanyi’s father passed away on February 10, 2015. After his father passed away, Bobi Wine produced a new song called “Paradiso” that stressed the importance of appreciating parents while they were still living.
He has two brothers, Eddy Yawe and Mikie Wine.
They have four children. Bobi’s children are Solomon Kampala Nyanzi, Shalom Namagembe, Shadraq Shilling Mbogo, and Suubi Shine Nakaayi.
Kyagulanyi met his wife, Barbara Itungo, when he was a student at Makerere University. At the time, she was a senior secondary school student at Bweranyangi Girls’ Senior Secondary School. Ten years of living together was followed by their marriage in August 2011.
In the early 2000s, Kyagulanyi started his music career and took the stage name BobiRob after Bob Marley, also “a Robert.” Later, he adopted the moniker Bobi Wine. Success in the Ugandan music scene came with his initial singles, “Akagoma,” “Funtula,” and “Sunda” (starring Ziggy D). Kidandali, reggae, dancehall, and afrobeat have all been used to describe his music, which frequently contains a socially conscious theme. Most of his musical endeavours had political overtones; they urged leaders to care more for people experiencing poverty and to inspire everyday people to take an active role in their communities. Hygiene, maternal health, child pregnancies, child marriages, domestic violence, HIV/AIDS, and other subjects were handled in the song.
As a result of the widespread appeal of Wine’s music, he was given the moniker “Ghetto President” and later rose to prominence in Ugandan politics. He founded the Ghetto Republic of Uganda after serving as the leader of Fire Base Crew until that group disbanded. Over 15 years, he has put out more than 70 tracks.
The Disney film “Queen of Katwe” soundtrack included his song “Kiwani” in 2016. Afrobeat music has always been Bobi Wine’s primary musical style. The late Kasiwukira was marketing and promoting Bobi Wine’s music. He once confirmed getting payments from Kasiwukira for his music sales, totalling 60M in just one month. He has a YouTube channel that is wholly monetized and reaches millions of views. He has earned money from these activities, brand endorsements, and various concerts and appearances. He is the proprietor of FireBase Records, a for-profit production facility in Kamwokya.
Kyagulanyi is philanthropic and has backed numerous real-world initiatives to better the lives of the underprivileged. To mention a few, he launched a campaign in 2012 to advocate for regular hospital cleaning, sanitation, waste management, and hand-washing to prevent sickness. In a September 2012 YouTube video, he works alongside Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago to clean up Kamwookya, the neighbourhood of slums where Kyagulanyi grew up. The same year, he gave money to build pit latrines and create a drainage channel in the Kampala slum Kisenyi II.
Kyagulanyi joined a group of 14 Ugandan musicians who had produced a particular song and music video promoting maternal and child health when he was chosen as an ambassador for Save the Children’s EVERY ONE campaign in 2014. The Goodlyfe Crew, which consists of Jose Chameleone, Radio, and Weasel, also featured prominently in the music video. To spread awareness of the initiative, Kyagulanyi and his wife, Barbara, visited Nakaseke Hospital and other hospitals throughout Uganda.
In addition to his music, Bobi Wine is a well-known politician. When he announced his intention to seek the parliamentary seat in the Kyadondo County East constituency in 2017, he made his political debut. He won the election thanks to his distinctive door-to-door campaigning strategy, which will be remembered. He easily trounced the other two contenders, Forum for Democratic Change’s Apollo Kantiniti and the National Resistance Movement Party’s Sitenda Sebalu.
He announced his intention to run for president on July 24, 2019. He joined the National Unity Platform Party to advance his presidential campaign. In the general election for Uganda in 2021, he ran against President Museveni. Though Museveni defeated him, he vowed to continue participating in Ugandan politics. Because of his genuine care for the problems of the regular citizen, he has amassed a sizable following throughout the nation, particularly among young people and those from the “ghetto.”
Kyagulanyi frequently expresses his opinions in a way that stirs up controversy over political and social issues in Uganda. He fought long with fellow Ugandan musician Bebe Cool until January 2019 because Bebe Cool supported the NRM and President Museveni, while Kyagulanyi supported the opposition.
Kyagulanyi used a virtual private network (VPN) to post his defiance of the communications shutdown on his Facebook page during the 2016 election when the Ugandan government shut down social media. He also pointed out that the government continued to use social media during the shutdown they initiated. Later, on World Press Freedom Day in Kampala in May 2016, Kyagulanyi was selected to participate on a panel regarding the right to free speech. He defended the freedom of expression of his creative rivals in March 2016, even though Kyagulanyi did not share their opinions.
Kyagulanyi was taken to court by the government in August 2020 on allegations of fabricating information, registering under false pretences, and uttering fraudulent documents. Kyagulanyi was detained on November 3, 2020, following the certification of his appointment to the electoral board for the next general election. His violent arrest outside the nomination location, temporary blindness, and abuse at the hands of law enforcement and the military, according to a statement on his official Twitter account.
On July 22, 2020, he officially became a National Unity Platform party member. He is its leader and the possible presidential candidate in the next general election.
In Mbarara, he made his candidacy official in November. Kyagulanyi was formally nominated to run for president on November 3, 2020. Soon after his nomination, the Ugandan military detained Kyagulanyi. Due to state agents barricading his NUP party offices, he could not release his campaign platform as scheduled, but on November 6, 2020, he did so in Mbarara (western Uganda). On November 18, 2020, Kyagulanyi was apprehended in the Luuka District of eastern Uganda and detained for three days at the Nalufenya Police Station in Jinja.
Numerous protests were held in response to his nationwide detention, primarily in Kampala, Masaka, Jinja, Mukono, Mbale, and Wakiso. Human rights activists estimate that more than 100 people were killed and numerous others were injured, despite Ugandan police claims to the contrary. During the subsequent protests, approximately 2,000 people were detained.
Francis Senteza, Kyagulanyi’s bodyguard, was killed on December 27, 2020, when he was hit by a military police truck. During a previous altercation between the police and a group of Kyagulanyi’s supporters, he was attacked while assisting in the transport of a journalist who had been badly hurt by tear gas. Another journalist was injured in the event as well.
According to the electoral commission, Museveni was declared the election winner on January 16 with 58.6% of the vote. Kyagulanyi contested the results, stating it was the most rigged election in Ugandan history.
On January 15, shortly after casting his ballot in the presidential election, Kyagulanyi was placed under house arrest. Despite Kyagulanyi’s claims that he had run out of food, the soldiers surrounded his residence and would not permit anyone to enter or leave for a number of days. Natalie E. Brown, the American ambassador to Uganda, was not allowed to see him or deliver food because the military had stopped the convoy. After the Ugandan High Court instructed security personnel to lift the house detention, Kyagulanyi was freed on January 26. On February 1, Kyagulanyi filed a legal challenge to the 2021 elections; however, he later instructed his attorneys to abandon the case because of the judges’ perceived prejudice due to images showing the chief justice interacting with President Museveni.
His net worth is estimated at $7 million.
Aside from a 2002 Cadillac Escalade, a Toyota Prado TX, a Toyota Tundra, a GMC Yukon, and a Toyota Land Cruiser V8 are among the opulent vehicles owned by Bobi.
In Magere Village, Wakiso District, Kyagulanyi lives with his family. He also owns a number of buildings, including One Love Beach in Busabala, properties in Kamwokya, and Gomba, his hometown.
Kyagulanyi, better known by his stage name, Bobi Wine, is also a well-known movie actor, although he primarily appears in Ugandan independent films. ‘Yogera,’ a 2010 drama film starring Cleopatra Koheirwe, cast him. As the main character, he co-starred with Hellen Lukoma in the 2015 Twaweza-funded movie Situka. Other movies he has worked on include “Divizionz.” The Ghetto President is what Bobi Wine dubbed his reality television program. He appears in the Moses Bwayo and Christopher Sharp-directed 2023 documentary “Bobi Wine: The People’s President.” Ahead of the 2021 presidential election, the film, shot over five years, follows Wine and his wife as they campaign.