Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (born 12 February 1982), known as Bobi Wine, a pop star-turned leader of the opposition in Uganda.
As of 11 July 2017, Bobi Wine has served as a Member of Parliament in Wakiso district in the Central Region of Uganda representing the Kyadondo East constituency.
Since Kyadondo East Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi officially announced his presidential bid in the 2021 elections, a lot of questions have been raised about the leader of the People Power Movement, and below is just the trend.
- Who are the brothers of Bobi Wine?
Bobi Wine’s late father JW Ssentamu is survived by two widows with 34 children, of whom only three are the brothers of Bobi Wine and they include Eddy Yawe of Afrigo, Mikie Wine real names Michael Mukwaya and Fred Nyanzi known as chairman Nyanzi.
- Who is Bobi Wine’s wife?
Kyadondo East legislator and singer, Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine met his wife, Barbie Itungo Kyagulanyi, while he was at Makerere University and she was an S6 student at Bweranyangi Girls’ Senior Secondary School.
- Who is the father of Bobi Wine?
The late Mzee Jackson Willington Ssentamu aka Bulaya is the father of musician Bobi Wine. Wine lost his father Mzee J.W Sentamu on February 10, 2015, to diabetes, whom he credited with influencing him greatly.
- When was Bobi Wine’s wedding?
The wedding between Bobi and Barbie was held on 27 August 2011. They have four children: Shalom Namagembe, Solomon Kampala Nyanzi, Suubi Shine Nakaayi and Shadraq Shilling Mbogo.
He was named parenting ambassador by Twaweza in 2013, after giving a good example of caring for his children on his Ghetto President Reality TV Show.
What Ugandan History says about Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu
Bobi Wine (Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu) is a Ugandan musician. The Afrobeats artist, who started his music career in the early 2000s, has always described his craft as “edutainment.”
One of his first hits, Kadingo, is a personal hygiene song. His first singles were Akagoma, Funtula and Sunda, which brought Bobi Wine to the spotlight.
Previously, he was part of the FireBase crew. Later, he formed a new group called the Ghetto Republic of Uganja, which he led.
In July, Bobi Wine locked up arms with protesters and marched on the capital’s streets, Kampala, to condemn a social media levy allegedly imposed to raise government revenue and end what Museveni called “wolokoso” on WhatsApp, Twitter and Facebook.
Kyagulanyi was born on 12 February 1982 in the Mpigi district of central Uganda but grew up in Kamwookya, one of the poorest suburbs of Kampala.
Here he launched his music career in the early 2000s after graduating with a degree in music dance and drama from Uganda’s oldest university – Makerere University.
He came to be known as the “President of the Ghetto” for persistently speaking about the problems of the lower classes and the urban poor in Uganda.
He was made spectacularly famous among Ugandan youth by his lyrical ability and bravery to drop songs that hit directly at government shortcomings and excesses.
He insisted that Ugandans had many questions, but the corrupt political leaders had few answers.
His outspokenness and that popularity made him a target of censorship by the government, particularly after President Yoweri Museveni, who has been in power since 1986, began to feel the demographic shift in the electorate of the country.
For a decade, he had depended on rural voters and older people who had suffered cumulative distress as a result of the massacres of former Ugandan regimes.
Such segments of society in Uganda are risk-averse and are not ready, even when the war in most of north Uganda went on until 2008, for rolling the boat raised by a man who gave them a feeling of security.