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The Ghetto President: Why Bobi Wine Election Has Worked Up The Whole Country Into A Frenzy

After his landslide victory as the elected Member of Parliament for Kyadondo East Constituency, more and more people are just coming to know Bobi Wine [formally Robert Kyagulanyi] and his story is such a great inspiration to young Ugandans;

Bobi Wine Relaxes With His Wife, Barbie

Bobi Wine is actually an affluent businessman, widely believed to be one of the wealthiest entertainment personalities in the country, and he does not hide it.

In spite of his gracious, down-to-earth persona, Bobi Wine carries himself with such pomp and glamor as the big name that he is.

With a fleet of expensive cars, a lavish home, an assemblage of estates in and around Kampala, and a beach in Busabala, [to name a few] Bobi Wine aptly holds as the very epitome of success, by Ugandan standards, and all this, he was able to accomplish because of music.


Bobi Wine acts out a scene for his music video

Bobi Wine is a singer, song writer; he records, performs and choreographs. Well, he calls it edutainment – although he will not have himself be limited by the coinage; Bobi Wine, as a matter of fact, is an all-rounder and it is exactly what you get when you listen to most of his music.

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His songs are what you would typically want to call Afro-pop and you will immediately stamp your foot to the crescendo of the musical arrangement which, usually, is a synthesis of zouk, African [South African] percussion and a regular touch of raga beats.

Moreover, that is not all it achieves; it is heavily placid and its feel is sharply contagious – as most of his art work.

You will dance to it and you’ll listen, albeit only to laugh yourself hoarse as you begin to go for a dip into Bobi Wine’s unmistakable waggishness; jeez, it is such an insult to seriousness! But is it not what makes life worth it – to smile every now and then.

It has been over ten years and Bobi Wine has been at it, serenading us into happiness with his meticulous lines, sometimes corny, mischievous but indispensable. The sheer oomph in his videos has kept him alive in this highly bellicose industry and relevant so.

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He calls himself the Ghetto gladiator. Sometimes the Ghetto President and it has all been because he is a consequentialist. He was never born with a silver spoon in his mouth and boy, how he has made himself such a force to reckon with in this country!

Having gone through thick and thin, Bobi Wine very early taught himself into the fact that “The world is looking for somebody to do something, not explain why he did not.”

True to his word, Bobi Wine has managed to painstakingly trudge through hardship and bleakness, even as a third class musician to breakthrough into the success that presently is.

Bobi Wine insists on his raga/dancehall music because he feels, it’s a hustler’s style and that’s the best way he can express himself. And also it is the most appropriate tool to communicate message-rich content which he believes he’s cut out for; he trusts he has something to say and that’s the best medium for it. It is music for his people, the poor where he comes from.


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