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Bobi Wine's Lawyer Says His Health Is 'In Dire State' Following First Court Appearance

The Ugandan artist and opposition lawmaker appeared in court on Thursday, where he was charged with "illegal possession of arms."

UPDATE 8/16/18:Bobi Wine appeared in a military court today, where his charges were reduced from treason to illegal possession of arms, though music executive and friend of Wine, Rikki Stein, tells OkayAfrica that the hotel manager where Wine was staying in Aura claims "categorically" that there were no weapons found in Wine's room.

He is being remanded in custody until next week Thursday.

According to one of Wine's lawyer, Asuman Basalirwa who was present during the arraignment,Wine had been badly beaten while in police custody and was unable to walk properly.

His other lawyer Medard Segona went into further detail about Wine's condition following his court appearance. He is quoted in the Daily Monitor as saying:

Mr Kyagulanyi's health is in dire state. He is in great pain. He can't talk, he can't walk, he sits with a lot of difficulty, his face is swollen and he cannot see because of the torture by SFC soldiers. He couldn't speak when the charges were read to him and I believe he didn't know what was going or understood the charges read to him.

According to Segona, Wine was unable to take a plea due to his condition.

Kassiano Wadri the by-election candidate who Wine was in Aura supporting, who was also arrested alongside Wine, has won the election.

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Ugandan politician and musician Robert Kyagulanyi, popularly known as Bobi Wine, has been charged with treason, following a deadly clash with Ugandan police forces in Aura on Monday that left his driver dead.

There are also reports that Wine is currently in the hospital receiving treatment, reportsAfrica News.

The artist and lawmaker was arrested on Tuesday along with several other legislators and opposition supporters, following a run-In that occurred at a by-election campaign where Wine and Uganda's president Museveni were supporting opposing candidates. Police forces claimed that stones were pelted at the Presidents vehicle, causing the police to intervene with bullets and teargas.

Wine was barricaded in his hotel room for several hours on Monday before being taken into custody. Police spokesperson Josephine Angucia announced that Wine along with by-election candidate Kassiano Wadri will be charged with malicious damage to the motor vehicle belonging to the convoy of the President, unlawful possession of firearms and treason.

Authorities claim that both men were carrying heavy ammunition with them upon being arrested. Police claim to have collected "75 rounds of ammunition, 46 white tablets suspected to be drugs, Ugandan flags, red t-shirts and smartphones among other items found in the rooms of the legislators at Aura Pacific Hotel."

Wine is set to appear in court tomorrow.

Since winning a seat in parliament in 2017, Wine has been the target of harassment from the Ugandan government, but this appears to be the most serious incident thus far.

Many have expressed support for the 35-year-old MP online, stating that they believe that he has once again been unfairly targeted by Museveni, who is known to use force and violence to suppress the opposition. Supporters of Wine are demanding that he be freed immediately using the hashtags #ReleaseBobiWine and #FreeBobiWine.






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Tems Becomes the First Female Nigerian Artist to Win a Grammy Award

Nigerian star Temshas won her first Grammy Award—and it's only up from here for her.


Temsjust added "Grammy Award Winner" to her teeming list of accolades. During the 65th Annual Grammy Awards, the Nigerian singer, whose full name is Temilade Openiyi, earned her first Grammy for her contribution to Future's ‘Wait For U,' which also features Drake.

The musical bombshell won in the category of Best Melodic Rap Performance over artists like Latto (“Big Energy (Live)”, Jack Harlow (“First Class”), Kendrick Lamar (“Die Hard”), and DJ Khaled (“Beautiful”). With this win, the 27-year-old fan-favorite just made history as the first female Nigerian artist to win a Grammy.

Tems, who has made a big impression with her music over the past few years is also up for Album of the Year for her contribution to Beyoncé’s Renaissance. Earlier this year, the "Higher" Singer scored an Oscar nomination at the 2023 Oscars for co-writing "Lift Me Up’, one of the songs on 'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever."

"Wait For U" sampled Tems' song "Higher," which was a record off of her 2020 debut album For Broken Ears. "Wait For U'" was released on May 3, 2022, and was released as the second single from Future's ninth studio album, I Never Liked You.

Shortly after the record was released, Future took to social media to praise Tems' vocal ability. The rest of 2022 would involve Tems getting praise and international recognition for her artistry, and a fleet of projects, including notable collaborations with mega stars like Beyoncé and Rihanna.

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Photo Series: Vic Mensa's Pilgrimage to Ghana

OkayAfrica traveled with Vic Mensa as he visited his father's childhood home, Koforidua. Here's a behind-the-scenes look about what happened.

Back in December, American rapper Vic Mensa went on a pilgrimage back home. The rapper was in Accra, Ghana for his historic Black Star Line Festival, which he was co-hosting with longtime friend and fellow rapper Chance the Rapper.

But, on a hot day before the festival, the rapper traveled two hours from Accra to Koforidua to visit his extended family. There is a lot of history in Koforidua. Highlife trailblazer Chief Kofi Sammy grew up there. Not only was he founder of the famous Okukuseku International Band but Sammy also had a long and fruitful relationship with Afrobeat legend Fula Kuti.

He also happens to be Vic Mensa's uncle. And part of the reason Vic took this trip is to convince Sammy to join him on stage at the Black Star Line Festival in Accra, in front of 50,000 fans. However, while there, Vic made sure he had time to connect with his extended family.

It was a special, intimate moment. One OkayAfrica was lucky enough to witness firsthand. Check out our photo gallery of Vic Mensa's pilgrimage below.

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In December 2022, Vic Mensa took a trip to visit his uncle, legendary Highlife artist Chief Kofi Sammy. It’s about a two hour drive from Accra to Koforidua. A bit longer when you factor in Vic stopping for some of his favorite snacks.

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Ethiopia’s First Superhero Comic is Going Global

Etan Comics is launching a kids version of the kickstarter-backed title, which will be published in 11 languages.


After the successful release of their graphic novel, Jember, Etan Comics is teaming up with the non-profit Open Hearts Big Dreams (OHBD) to launch a special collaboration. Etan is working with the Seattle-based organization, which has produced over 700 bilingual early-reader titles, to turn Jember into a bilingual kids book that's based on the award-winning graphic novel.

The release of the book coincides with Black History Month, and will be launched in 11 different languages, including Amharic, Arabic, French, Greek, Igbo, Kiswahili, Spanish, and Wolayta. Jember was first published in hardcover format in October 2022, and after its release it garnered +$12K pre-orders on Kickstarter. The comic book is designed to help emerging readers build their reading confidence, and learn more about African cultures and languages. Created and written by Beserat Debebe, it was illustrated by Yonatan Solomon and Michael Okoroagha.

Jember is being turned into a bilingual kids book that's based on the award-winning graphic novel and will be available in 11 different languages.

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Beginning in mid-February, the books will be available globally on Amazon and IngramSpark. They will also be available at Walmart, Target, Barnes & Noble, and in public libraries shortly after.

With the release of Jember, Etan Comics aims to make African stories accessible to global readers. The collaboration will also help Ethiopian children, who make up 40% of the Ethiopian population, to be empowered through the story, which speaks to the rich cultural heritage of the Ethiopian history.

With this development, Etan Comics has joined the growing list of new generation of African comic book creators who are sharing African culture through comics to engage readers with various parts of the continent's history.

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