Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi better known as Bobi Wine has made it to the ‘TIME 100 Next’ list of the world’s most influential people.
‘TIME 100 Next’ is a new list, part of an ongoing expansion of the flagship ‘TIME 100 franchise’—that highlights 100 rising stars who are shaping the future of business, entertainment, sports, politics, health, science and activism, and more in the world.
Reacting to the recognition, Bobi Wine said “to say that this is extremely humbling is an understatement!”
“I feel very honored to be named amongst the TIME 100 Next – a list of the world’s next most influential people and rising stars. I am very delighted to share this recognition with 99 other highly accomplished individuals who are shaping the future of business, entertainment, sports, politics, health, science and activism, and more,” Bobi Wine posted on his Facebook page.
The musician turned politician has since dedicated this recognition to the young people of Uganda, especially the ghetto youth.
“I am dedicating this recognition to the young people of Uganda, especially the ghetto youth. May this be a reminder and encouragement that you are not what your detractors say you are. You are what you choose to be!” he said.
Mr Kyagulanyi says that he has been reflecting on his life and the many things he has gone through – from selling radio cassettes on the streets of Kampala; to collecting grasshoppers for survival; to working as a dobbi.
“Now, making it to such a list! I can only return all the glory and praise to the Almighty and pay tribute to all those who have been part of this journey,” he added.
Bobi Wine believes that when you get such a recognition, it does not only call for celebration- it also calls for deep reflection.
Some other Africans who made it to the list include Kenya’s Wanuri Kahiu and Nigeria’s Njideka Akunyili Crosby in the category of ‘artists’ while South Sudanese model Adut Akech and Nigeria’s Oluwaseun Ayodeji Osowobi—in the category of advocates.
– Bobi Wine –
Ugandan pop star Bobi Wine spent his career singing about social injustice. In 2017, he decided to take things a step further by running for, and winning, a seat in parliament. Now the 37-year-old singer, has set his sights higher, announcing in July that he will take on President Yoweri Museveni, who according to Times has ruled for the past 33 years through a combination of deft politics, questionable election practices and constitutional manipulation.