Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine has been nominated to the Times 100 next list of most influential people.
Time is an American weekly news magazine and news website published in New York City.
The singing MP is listed in the “Phenom” category for people who are outstandingly talented or admired; a star.
The pop star 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, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, has set his sights higher, announcing in July that he will take on President Yoweri Museveni, who has ruled for the past 33 years through a combination of deft politics, questionable election practices and constitutional manipulation.
“Eighty percent of our population is under the age of 35,” Wine says.
“They deserve a leader who works for the future of Uganda, not for himself.”
Wine’s growing popularity amounts to peril.
He has been jailed, beaten and charged with treason—proof, he says, that the President is running scared well in advance of the 2021 election and that change is on the way, writes Times Magazine’s Aryn Baker.
Ugandans especially the people power diehards got their social media platforms to congratulate the people power pressure group, leader.
Congratulations @HEBobiwine on making it to #TIME100Next list of most influential people; as one of 100 rising stars in the world who are shaping their industries- and the future. Keep soaring, keep inspiring, keep winning👊 #KasukaaliKeeko pic.twitter.com/isScn9Ps4z — Kanyomozi District (@PatriqKanyomozi) November 14, 2019
Bobi Wine is on the #TIME100Next: a list of rising stars who are shaping the future of their fields https://t.co/xmn5kkEyZ7 — Godber Tumushabe (@GodberTumushabe) November 14, 2019
Bobi Wine lifts Uganda’s flag higher than “semyekozo”.. he was featured by the @TimesMagazine as one of the next 100 rising Africans in the field of politics pic.twitter.com/jR9dx6YXXT — The_Duke_ofKLA💦👑 (@hakeem_stifler) November 14, 2019.