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Bobi Wine Has Been Released On Bail

The artist is being charged with holding an "illegal" anti-government protest last year. He will appear in court again on May 23.

UPDATE: 05/02/19:

Bobi Wine has been released on bail, after being sent to a maximum security prison on Tuesday. He is being charged with "unlawful procession" stemming from a demonstration last year in protest of the Ugandan government's controversial social media tax.

He pled not-guilty to the charges brought against him via a video testimony that was shown in the courtroom, during which he called out the government once again for their consistent efforts to silence him. "If standing for what is right is going to hand me my freedom, I will thank God for it. If standing for what is right is going to keep me in this prison then I will thank God even louder," he said.

The artist and activist is set to appear in court again on May 23, as CNN reports.

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After being placed on house arrest last week at the hands of the Ugandan government, opposition leader Bobi Wine has now been sent to a maximum security prison.

The artist and activist has been sent to the prison following charges stemming from last year, when the artist held an anti-government demonstration in protest of a controversial media tax, which the Ugandan has claimed was held without authorization.

Wine née, Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, appeared in court on Monday, where he made a brief statement about the charges being brought against him. "Indeed it is not me being put on trial," he said. "It is the court itself that is on trial, because I have not committed any crime." He is due back in court on May 2, according to The Guardian.


The government has been targeting Wine relentlessly over the past couple months, tracing back to last year when he was arrested on charges of treason from an alleged attack on President Yoweri Museveni motorcade during an election rally. He was subsequently sent to prison where he was beaten while in police custody.

The activist shared a video just 4 days ago for the song "Afanda," which opens with footage of armed security forces taking him into custody. The video is interspersed with images showing rampant abuse at the hands of police. "I am not fighting you, but I am fighting for you" sings the artist on the upbeat track.

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Wine was set to hold a concert last week before police forcefully circled his home on Tuesday, cancelling the show. At the time, authorities claimed that the production lacked "adequate safety measures."

Fans and supporters of the artist showed up to his court hearing on Monday and chanted his tagline "People power" as he was whisked into a police vehicle. Authorities fired tear gas and bullets at those protesting his arrest in Kampala on Monday, reports Al Jazeera.

Many online continue to express support for the artist, using the hashtag #FreeBobiWine to demand justice for the musician and activist.







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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

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