KAMPALA — Face2Face Africa, a premier pan-African media company based in New York has named Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi among the 2019 Faces of Global Black Excellence.
The New York-based media company that delivers engaging content through its online platform and connects people of African descent through world-class events described Bobi Wine as a “progressive leader and lawmaker in Uganda, a country lead by dictator the Yoweri Museveni.”
They added that: Since his surprise election into Uganda Parliament, [Bobi ] Wine has pushed quite fearlessly against the ruling government’s repression of democracy”.
“Thank you Face2Face Africa for this humbling recognition. May we continue inspiring one another until we put mother Africa in its rightful place,” Bobi Wine wrote a few hours after his recognition.
Bobi Wine was named alongside Liverpool’s Sadio Mane, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed who is 2019 Nobel Peace Prize winner among others.
The company’s online portal reports on pan-African news and current affairs covering topics such as politics, entertainment, culture, women and lifestyle.
Face2Face Africa is notable for its events, such as the annual Pan-African Weekend, the FACE List Awards Gala, the IAAPA Networking Mixer Series and the Pan-African Women Forum.
This list has been published one day after Bloomberg, a global leading agency in business and financial data, news and insight named the youthful MP amongst 15 people to watch in 2020.
Bloomberg described Bobi Wine as a pop star and leader of a loose opposition group called People Power, likely to challenge Yoweri Museveni in the 2021 presidential election.
“Born in the slums of Kampala, Wine (real name: Robert Kyagulanyi) sings about social justice and criticizes the government. In Freedom, he sings, “We’re living in a world similar to the one of the slave trade / this oppression is worse than apartheid.”
The singer turned politician was last month selected for TIME 100 Next list which is dedicated to spotlighting the leaders of tomorrow.
Bobi Wine was also named Male Politician of the Year 2019 by The Young African Leaders Summit (YALS) in Accra, Ghana.
This month, Bobi Wine who was in South Africa also received the Africa Freedom Award.