BBC: The President and the Pop Star

Journalist Catherine Byaruhanga has written an extensively detailed profile of Bobi Wine for the BBC. In her article, she writes about how Bobi’s emergence as a potent political figure has “highlighted how the next election in 2021 is likely to be fought and won – winning the hearts and minds of young, frustrated Ugandans.”

For many in Kamwokya, Bobi Wine’s whirlwind political career, as well as his socially conscious music, are inspiring.

“We want him because now he is our voice,” says Mr Kibirige, who started his business after failing to find a job despite having a degree.

“[We want] Bobi Wine to be the next president.”

Uganda’s politics today is not just about power but demographics and access to opportunities.

More than three-quarters of Uganda’s 35.6 million people are below the age of 30.

Although data varies, youth unemployment is high. Some like the charity Action Aid puts it at 62% while the African Development Bank says it is 83%.

These people are Bobi Wine’s support base.

Read the full article on the BBC.