In the face of renewed attack on Bobi Wine as he pursues his political ambition against the current Ugandan President YOWERI MUSEVENI, Nobel Laureate Prof. Wole Soyinka has continued to support him
The Nigerian Nobel laureate, writer, author, advocate, Wole Soyinka, has emphasized his support for the 38-year-old Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu popularly known as Bobi Wine, who is hoping to end Uganda President Yoweri Museveni’s 34-year rule come January 14.
In a meeting with Quartz, the Nigerian author said the artist turned-legislator “for me at the present time, speaks to the essence of vote based system for Uganda”. Soyinka added that in Wine, Uganda’s have the most ideal visionary to assume control over the reins of government.
“Indeed, even before [we met], I’d looked into his development, his candidature, and his enthusiasm. Furthermore, I share it; I share all of it,” said Woyinka who went through some time with the Ugandan official competitor in 2019 in Lagos during #FelaDebate, a discussion in memory of unbelievable Afrobeats organizer Fela Kuti.
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In 2018, alongside a gathering of big names, media characters and creators including Angelique Kidjo, and Femi Kuti, Soyinka marked an assertion denouncing the capture, detainment and assault on Bobi Wine.
Much like Wine, Soyinka has made his own set of experiences with battling fierce and authoritarian governments in Nigeria. He was captured for illicitly visiting the secessionist region Biafra in 1967. He had met with the secessionist chief, military led representative Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu in Enugu in 1966, and had to seek total isolation as he was marked a covert operative during the common conflict between the Nigerian government and Biafra.
Soyinka was additionally a candid pundit of Sani Abacha, Nigeria’s military ruler somewhere in the range of 1993 and 1998. It was contrary to Abacha that Soyinka initially met Museveni.
He said in the meeting: “I met Museveni during the battle against Sani Abacha. At the time we met it was as yet conceivable to think of him as a majority rule pioneer. Today he’s joined the pack—the foes of society”.
The African to win the Nobel Prize for Writing in 1986 accepts the hours of Museveni, just as numerous others like him, have reached a conclusion. It is his intense expectation that Ugandans share his confidence in Wine.