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President Yoweri Museveni Has Called Bobi Wine 'An Enemy of Progress in Uganda'

The Ugandan president has accused the opposition leader of thwarting foreign investment into the country.

Ugandan opposition leader of the People Power Movement (PPM), Bobi Wine, continues to be the proverbial thorn in President Yoweri Museveni's side. The head of state, who's been in power for a little over three decades, described Wine as an "enemy of progress in Uganda" during a recent interview with the BBC. President Museveni has accused Wine of standing in the way of Uganda's prosperity by dissuading people from investing in the country. He also refuted claims made by Wine that his government is repressive.


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Speaking about the opposition leader, Museveni said that:

"Bobi Wine went to America and said that people should not come invest in Uganda. That means he is an enemy of progress in Uganda. When you go and tell foreigners that they should not come and invest in our country, you are waging war on our prosperity. So why then do you want to come and take advantage of that prosperity."

In line with his general displeasure with Wine's background in entertainment, he went on to add that, "We are not here for a show, we are not theater goers, we are people who are here to deal with very big issues of Uganda and Africa."

Museveni's comments come just after Wine's Independence Day music concert was cancelled by the police and his private home in Busabala surrounded.

After Wine announced that he would be officially running for the presidency in the 2021 elections a few months ago, he has been under the scrutiny of Museveni's government. While Museveni initially insisted that Wine was not a threat, it's become evident that the musician-turned-politician is one of the most formidable political rivals that he's faced in his 33 years in office. Wine, or the "Ghetto President" as he's become affectionately known, has set himself up as a champion for the poor and committed to bringing an end to Museveni's reportedly repressive government.

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Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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