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Robert Kyagulanyi popularly known by his stage name Bobi Wine has been named alongside other big names in the “2019 Global Thinkers” list by Foreign Policy magazine. Bobi Wine features among the likes Jack Ma – Co-founder and executive chairman of Alibaba, Christine Lagarde, Fareed Zakaria, Bill and Melinda Gates, Jeff Bezos, Prime Minister of New Zealand – Jacinda Ardern and many other big names.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary providing an annual list of 100 Global Thinkers, this years edition has been split into 10 categories of 10. The Kyadondo East member of parliament, Robert Kyagulanyi was selected in the Activism & The Arts category alongside Reuter journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw SoeOo who were jailed because they investigated the ongoing violence meted against the Rohingya in Myanmar.
The 2019 Global Thinkers have been divided into 10 categories of 10. The first group is made up of people who have been impacting the world for the past decade while the other groups comprises of those that have done so in the past year. The latter includes “thinkers and doers 40 and under, as well as those in defense and security, energy and climate, technology, economics and business, science and health, and activism and the arts.” The readers have also been given 10 spots to pick and the last group being the great minds who died in 2018.
They will be updated daily until January 22 which is the day the Global Thinkers special magazine will go online to subscribers mailboxes.
Foreign Policy magazine describes Bobi Wine as “Uganda’s firebrand singer-turned-politician grew up poor in Kampala” who “rallied Uganda’s youth by arguing against a proposed social media tax and fighting for the dignity of the poor.” The summary portrayed the ordeals of Bobi Wine last year, 2018. It explained how the “Ugandan soldiers attempted to silence Wine in August 2018” by brutally beating him and trying him for treason in a military. They also mentioned how he “picked up attention in the international media, and his “people power” campaign continues, undeterred.”
On a social media post, he said he was “Extremely honored to be named amongst the @ForeignPolicy Global Thinkers, 2019, alongside other respected world leaders.”
“Such recognition only reaffirms to us that ours is not a wrong cause,” and that it will encourage them to carry on with what they are doing confidently. “Indeed, when this struggle is over, as a people, we shall wear the victor’s crown in a new Uganda,” he added.
By P. Tencha for Iyun Ade Blog
Illustration Credit: Riccardo Vecchio Imprints illustration for Foreign Policy