Ssentamu Robert Kyagulanyi popularly known as Bobi Wine is a Ugandan Musician, Politician, Businessman and Philanthropist. He was born in Gomba District by then it was still Mpigi District on February 12 1982 to Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Ssentamu.
Bobi Wine has been successful in music being of the most celebrated musicians in the East African having sung over 50 songs in a span of 17 years. His songs advocating for good governance and democracy gave him fame among the youth and paved his way to join active where he contested and won the 2017 Parliamentary by elections becoming the Kyadondo East constituency Member of Parliament in the 10th parliament. As of 2020 December, he is currently aspiring for the post of the President of the Republic of Uganda.
He is married to Barbra Itungo and together they have 4 Children.
Education Background of Bobi Wine
Bobi Wine grew from a humble background that would hardly afford school fees. His therefore passed through many schools since he would be chased from school to school because of School Fees.
For is nursery and primary school he started in 1986 at St. Mary Gorreti Nursery School in Kamwokya then to City Primary School (Now Arya Primary School) the Kanoni UMEA, Kasaka Primary School, Kanoni Catholic School and St Aloysius Bukalagi School where he studied his P6. His father requested the headmaster to allow him to register and sit P.7 a request that the headmaster granted. Bobi Wine therefore never studied P.7 but he passed.
For his secondary education
Bobi Wine joined St. Maria Gorreti Katende in 1993 for S.1 then to Brain Trust Academy Rubaga and finally Kitante Hill School where he sat his S.4 exams and attained his O Level certificate.
He joined Alliance Advance Secondary School in Kawokya for his S.5 in 1997 before joining Lubiri Secondary School and then Kololo Senior Secondary School where he finished his S.6 in 1998 December.
Bobi Wine was admitted to Makerere University for Bachelors Degree of Social Sciences in 1999 and dropped out lacking tuition. He applied for Diploma in Music Dance and Drama and was admitted to Makerere on government scholarship where he graduated in 2003.
Bobi Wine did a short Leadership course for the 21st Century at Harvard University and is currently enrolled at Southern New Hampshire University and Cavendish University Uganda where he’s pursing Bachelor of Laws.
Bobi Wine has done a lot of odd jobs that include bricklaying, grasshopper catching and others. He did most of these jobs to support his education and also to support his music life.
Bobi Wine developed interest in music during his high school but he chose to join professional music while applying for a University course. According to him, he applied for Music Dance and Drama because he had developed interest in music and also because he was targeting government scholarship since such courses have little competition.
Bob Wine released his first song Akagoma in 2003, he later joined musician Bebe Cool and formed a music group Firebase crew where they released songs like Funtula. Bebe Cool would soon leave fire base records to form his own music group known as Gagamel Entertainment.
Throughout his entire music career, Bobi Wine has released various songs both singles and collaborations with artists from East Africa, the rest of Africa and as far Jamaica. He has sold many copies of songs and has millions of digital downloads and views on his songs on various music streaming sites.
Bobi Wine is the owner of Firebase studios a music recording studio based in Kamwokya a suburb of Kampala. He is also the owner of Fire Base crew where musicians like Nubian Li, Buchaman, General Mega Dee, Henry Tigan and many others started their journey.
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In his music songs, Bobi Wine has always been passing message of activism advocating of freedom, unity and respect of human rights, good governance and democracy. His songs like Ebibuzo, Tugambire ku Jeniffer, Ndi Muna-Uganda, Freedom, Time Bomb and others were all carrying a political message.
Bobi Wine joined active politics in 2017 when contested in the Kyadondo by Elections after the incumbent MP Apollo Kantinti was removed by court. Bobi Wine came as an independent candidate and won the election with a landslide getting 78% of valid votes.
Bobi Wine joined Parliament as an opposition leaning independent MP who received national acknowledgement as an MP in the ‘Togikwatako campaign’ a drive meant to deny the incumbent president Museveni a chance to remove the age limit clause in the constitution so that he can rule for life.
Bobi Wine was also vocal in opposing the unpopular Social Media Tax known as OTT tax and Mobile Money where he even organized protests in Kampala against the passing of the tax and he would be charged for this a year later.
Bobi Wine participated in various by election campaigns supporting opposition candidates against NRM candidates the most popular ones being Paul Mwiru’s victory in Jinja, Bamukwasa Betty Muzanira the Rukungiri Woman MP, Asuman Basalirwa the Bugiri Municipality MP and Kasiano Wadri of Arua Municipality where Bobi Wine was then arrested, beaten and taken to the army barracks prison and charged with treason on allegations of beating the person of the president with a stone and illegally holding guns, charges that were later dropped.
In 2018 Bobi Wine championed a pressure group called People Power using red as their color.
In 2019 Bobi Wine announced while on an Interview with Voice of America that he and his team consider challenging the incumbent president Yoweri Museveni who had by them ruled the country for 33 years.
In 2020 June, Bobi Wine announced joining the political party National Unity Platform and assuming its leadership where he became its party president. The party elected him unopposed as the flag bearer and also within 3 months of existence, his party managed to nominate 120 Member of Parliament candidates and hundreds of councilors across the country.
On November 3rd, Bobi Wine was dully nominated as a candidate for the 2021 elections as NUP Candidate using an umbrella as his sign. He has since then embarked on campaigns that have seen him get arrested, teargassed, denied access to hotels and being made to sleep in cars, denied access to radio stations and also refused to hold rallies in various districts.
In a close contest, marred by various irregularities, Bobi Wine emerged the runners up in the 2021 General Elections. Immediately after casting his vote, Bobi Wine would be put under house arrest by the Incumbent president for the next 10 days.
Bobi Wine’s main music has always been music. Bobi Wine’s music was being sold and promoted by the late Kasiwukira. He acknowledged receiving receipts of 60M from his music sales in just one month from Kasiwulira. Bobi Wine’s music has been on sale via Amazon, Ebay, Itunes and Spotify. He has a fully Monetized YouTube channel where with tens of millions of views. He has held various concerts and performances in addition to brand endorsements all that bring income to him. He owns a commercial production studio in Kamwokya known as FireBase records.
Bobi Wine has invested in real estates and owns various plots of land of which some are developed while others are not yet developed. He owns Ssemakokiro Plaza located in Kamwokya, he owns a house in Magere, Kasangati where his home is, that sits of a 4 acre piece of land.
He owns land in Gomba district where he participates in active agriculture rearing cattle and also practicing piggery.
He owns Once Love Beach Busabala that sits on a 6 acre land in addition to addition to 1.5 acres that act as his parking lot.
Bobi Wine has also invested in transport industry with various Boda Bodas, Minibuses (taxis) in his names.
Tuko Kenya estimated Bobi Wine’s net worth to be at $7M which is equivalent to UGX 26Bn. Nigerian Magazine Glu Sea also estimated his net worth to be $7M naming him the richest Musician in Uganda.