Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu also known as Bobi Wine, is a Ugandan politician, businessman, entrepreneur, philanthropist and musician, better known by the stage name Bobi Wine. As from 11 July 2017, he serves as the member of parliament representing Kyaddondo East constituency in Wakiso District, in Uganda’s Central Region. He was Born on the 12th of February in 1982 in Mpigi District south west of Kampala capital.
He grew up in the Kamwookya slum in the northeast part of Kampala, Uganda’s capital city. He was baptized Robert Kyagulanyi in the Roman Catholic Church. He attended Makerere University in Kampala, where he studied music, dance, and drama, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts.
Bobi Wine Career
Wine started making music in the early 2000s. His first singles were Akagoma, Funtula, and Sunda (featuring Ziggy D), which brought Wine into the limelight.He was the President of the group Fire Base Crew. When that group disbanded he started a new group of which he is the president: “Ghetto Republic of Uganja”.In 2008, the Uganda Professional Boxing Commission (UPBC) gave him a professional boxing license.
Bobi is also a movie actor, mainly starring in local movies commonly known as Binayuganda. In 2010, Bobi Wine was cast in Cleopatra Koheirwe’s drama film Yogera and in a lead role in a Twaweza supported film Situka with Hellen Lukoma in 2015.
Bobi Wine Politics
In April 2017, he announced his candidacy for parliament in the previous by-election for the Kyaddondo East Constituency. His house to house walk campaign attracted a lot of attention both in Uganda and abroad. He won that contest by a wide margin, beating two seasoned candidates: Sitenda Sebalu of the ruling National Resistance Movement party and Apollo Kantinti of the main opposition Forum for Democratic Change.
Bobi Wine Humanitarian work
Wine’s lyrics often advocate for ghetto-residents in Uganda. He has supported several practical projects to improve conditions for the poor. In the year 2012, he started a campaign to promote more regular cleaning in hospitals, sanitization, garbage management and hand washing to prevent disease. A YouTube video from September 2012 shows Bobi Wine joining Kampala mayor Erias Lukwago in cleaning up Kamwookya, the slum neighborhood where Bobi grew up.
Also in 2012, Bobi donated funds to build pit latrines and construct a drainage channel in Kisenyi II, a Kampala slum that the New Vision, a major English language daily newspaper, described as being “characterized by filth, crowded shanty structures, poor sanitation and lack of basic social facilities.” The newspaper quoted Wine as explaining “I am doing this because these are my people, and no matter where I go, this will always be home.”
He has also campaigned for malaria prevention, with donations to Nakasongola Health Centre, and reference to the disease in his songs. He visited the Bundibugyo Refugee Camp in Bundibugyo District in August 2013, along with representatives from Save the Children, UNHCR, and the Red Cross to deliver funds and supplies.
The same year, Wine was appointed Parenting Ambassador by Twaweza, a NGO that focuses on education and citizen engagement in East Africa; his message in this partnership was to promote responsible parenting among his Ugandan fans. “Education is what will ultimately change the course of our country and as an artiste and a father, I believe we can all make a difference in our children’s learning,” he said.
In 2014, Wine was appointed a Save the Children Ambassador for their EVERY ONE Campaign, and joined a team of 14 Ugandan artists who recorded a special song and video about maternal and child health. Other leading Uganda artists in the video included Jose Chameleone, and Radio and Weasel, who make up the Goodlyfe Crew.
Bobi Wine Personal life
Wine first met his wife while he was at Makerere University and she was a S6 student at Bweranyangi Girls’ Senior Secondary School. They got married in August 2011. Together they have four children : Solomon Kampala Nyanzi, Shalom Namagembe, Shadraq Shilling Mbogo, and the one born in August 2015. In 2013, after having shown a good example caring for his children on his Ghetto President Reality TV Show, he was appointed parenting ambassador by Twaweza.
At his home in Magere Village, Wakiso District, Wine raises his children away from the media glare. He said to The Daily Monitor about his home life, “I have this big garden at home and I always ensure we go together to dig and get food, whenever we can. I do that because I want them to learn to live an ordinary life, not as a celebrity’s children.” In a 2015 interview, Wine’s wife Barbie spoke of his canceling work trips to take care of their children during her fourth pregnancy when she suffered from severe morning sickness.
Wine lost his father, whom he credited with influencing him to be a good parent, on 10 February 2015. The vigil and burial attracted hundreds of mourners, including government officials and other celebrities. One month later, he released the song “Paradiso,” which had the message of valuing your parents while they are still alive.
Bobi Wine Song
- Abalungi Balumya – Nubian Li
- Adam Ne Kaawa – Nubian Li
- Bam Bam – with Fire Base Crew
- Ghetto – with Nubian Li
- Mama Mbiire – with JulianaMazzi Mawanvu
- Mwekume – ft Wethaman
- Omwana Wa´bandi
- Sunda – with Ziggy D
- Taata Wa Baana – with Juliana
- The Ladies Wine
Bobi Wine Awards
- 2005 PAM Awards – Song of the Year (“Mama Mbiire” with Juliana Kanyomozi)
- 2006 PAM Music Awards – Artiste of the Year & Best Afro Beat Single (“Bada”)
- 2007 PAM Music Awards – Best Afro-Beat Artiste/Group Best Afro-Beat Single (“Kiwani”)
- 2008 PAM Music Awards – Best Afro-Beat Artiste/Group
Bobi Wine Nominations
- 2006 Tanzania Music Awards – Best East African Album (“Mama Mbiire”)
- 2007 Kisima Music Awards – Best Song Uganda (“Bada”)
- 2009 MTV Africa Music Awards – Best Video (“Little Things You Do” with Wahu)
Bobi Wine Video
Bobi Wine News
Bobi Wine sends a piercing message to the Government in New song, “Freedom”
Updated On:2nd November 2017
Bobi Wine has been living two lives for the past months since he became the Member of Parliament for Kyadondo East. He is Robert Kyagulanyi, the fearless, straight to the point politician,and Bobi Wine, the talented, and much loved music artiste.
here have been claims that the two personalities are getting mixed up, hence calling for a ban on Bobi Wine’s music performances, and media interviews.
Bobi Wine / Robert Kyagulanyi is not giving up. He is not threatened by anything, and has just now shown the world that both his personalities can coexist.
The musician in him has released a song, “Freedom” and the politician has written the lyrics that describe the current rule in Uganda.
The Togikwatako Master, sings about our fight for Freedom, and the chorus counts the. districts of Uganda to join the fight for freedom;
“We are fighting for freedom; Kampala mukono Mbale Jinja
We are fighting for freedom; Kabale Rukungiri Mbarara Kasese
We are fighting for freedom; soroti kit arua lira gulu
We are fighting for freedom; Wakiso masaka mubende mityana”
The rhythm in the song, and the lyrics are top notch. It also goes on to discuss how the oppression is worse than apartheid, and Uganda is moving backwards. Download this song whereva you are.