Robert Kyagulanyi commonly known as Bobi Wine is a Ugandan musician,politician business and Philanthropist.Robert Kyagulanyi won the hearts of the youths when he declared his political ambition. The youth saw him as a young liberator and “mantle” that came to wipe off their tears.
Bobi Wine’s multi-faceted background coupled with his resilience offers a big lesson to young generation, especially to many struggling young people, that despite their circumstances, they should not be deterred from speaking up against injustices in society.
Through his “people power” sloganeering, Uganda for the first time experiencd the youth in making an appearance on the political scene to protest against the regime’s excesses. Although, there are existing political structures for the youth, these are indirectly influenced and controlled by mainstream political parties and or politicians.
In addition, those youth political structures are characterized by co-option and as such are impotent to engage the youth and to lead them to reclaim political power. Therefore, Bobi’s take-over should revitalize pro-activeness among the youth to defy the status quo and should inspire them to become the new managers of the country they want.
This all started when he stood as Member of Parliament representing Kyadondo East constituency (Wakiso district) in the August where he won the Nrm candidate. Robert Kyagulanyi declared his bid to run for the Uganda top seat, tussling it out with the countries longest serving President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni in 2020.
This was later on followed by fomation of the National Unity platform(Nup) .Bobi Wine promised Ugandans a revolution in the run-up to the polls but President Museveni’s control over the security forces and wide patronage network proved impossible to overcome.
its rememberred that the electoral commission declared the five-term president the winner with 58.6% of the vote compared to his young challenger’s 34.8%.
In just few month months after its formation, the NUP is came as the biggest opposition party in parliament with 61 seats.
Bobi Wine and his party have inspired the youth especially through his music, you could clearly see that he understood the social issues that young people were facing, especially young people from the ghetto however the question is whether they can sustain the passion and eventually take power.
Bobi Wines’s background
Bobi Wine spent much of his childhood in Kampala, his mother Margaret Nalunkuuma, a nurse, was the main breadwinner and bought land in the Kamwokya slum where the musician lived and built his now world-famous recording studio.
Some of his primary and secondary schools were within walking distance from Kamwokya.
As a teenager he discovered a passion for the arts, but when he first attended the prestigious Makerere University he started out studying for a social sciences degree. After one semester he switched courses and took on music, dance and drama, earning a diploma from the university in 2003.
Bobi Wine was born on February 12, 1982 in Nkozi, Uganda. He grew up in the Kamwekya slums in the northeast part of Kampala, Uganda and attended Kitante Hill Senior Secondary School, located in Kitante, a Kampala neighborhood. He attained his Uganda Certificate of Education in 1996 and later attended Kololo Senior Secondary School in Kampala. He received a Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education in 1998.
He then attended Makerere University in Kampala, where he studied music, dance, and drama, graduating with a diploma in 2003. In 2016, Kyagulanyi returned to university to study law at the International University of East Africa.
He began his music career in the early 2000s, and adapted the stage name Bobi Wine. His music has been characterized as reggae, dance hall, and afrobeat, often with a socially conscious message.His premiere singles includes;“Akagoma”, “Funtula”, and “Sunda” brought him success in the East African music scene.He has released more than 70 songs over 15 years.
Bobi Wine is a family man. He has four children namely Shadrack Shilling Mbogo Kyagulanyi, Suubi Shine Nakaayi Kyagulanyi, Solomon Kampala and Shalom Namagembe Kyagulanyi. His wife is Barbara Itungo.