What Juliana Kanyamozi Warned Bobi Wine : Politics

[Bobi Wine and Juliana Kanyamozi/New Vision]
Written by Pharis Kinyua

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The harmonious partnership between Juliana Kanyomozi and Bobi Wine has been a standout moment, contributing to the emergence of one of the country's most celebrated voices. This musical connection, forged through their collaboration on iconic tracks like ""Tata W’abaana"" and ""Maama Mbire,"" not only left an indelible mark on the industry but also nurtured a deep and lasting friendship between the two artists.

Juliana Kanyomozi, known for her mellifluous vocals and emotive lyrics, found herself at the crossroads of her music career when she embarked on this musical journey with Bobi Wine. Their partnership marked a turning point in her artistic trajectory, propelling her from a niche audience to the mainstream.

Yet, their connection transcended the confines of the recording studio. It was within this bond of friendship that Juliana Kanyomozi, affectionately known as ""Juliana,"" became a source of counsel and support as Bobi Wine, born Robert Kyagulanyi, ventured into the tumultuous world of politics.

Theirs is a friendship that has weathered the test of time, and when Bobi Wine made the audacious decision to transition from music to active politics, Juliana was among the cherished few who offered guidance and encouragement.

Juliana reminisces about her advice to her dear friend during this transformative phase of his life. ""I told him one thing... That I'm happy you've found your calling, and if this is your calling, I wish you all the best... be careful. Those are the things I said to him as my friend,"" she reveals.

Her words reflect the genuine concern and affection she holds for Bobi Wine, a sentiment that runs deep in their friendship. Juliana's guidance carries the weight of someone who understands the intricacies of public life and the challenges it can pose, even as she wholeheartedly supports his political journey.

Juliana recognizes Bobi Wine's innate leadership qualities and the unique ability he possesses to inspire and captivate others with his words. She had always observed this extraordinary gift in him, although she never envisioned that he would one day take the path of politics.

""He has the gift to sort of suck people in and speak to them and make them believe in him and make a change in some way or another. He had it from way back,"" Juliana acknowledges.

Their collaboration on ""Tata W’abaana"" and ""Maama Mbire"" served as the creative spark that ignited a profound friendship. These songs not only resonated with audiences but also opened doors for Juliana in the mainstream music industry, expanding her reach and visibility. Prior to this collaboration, her songs were sung in Luganda and, while appreciated, hadn't achieved the colossal success that these duets accomplished.

Juliana's warm memories of their creative partnership reflect the genuine camaraderie they share. Together, they crafted melodies that left an indelible mark on Ugandan music, and their enduring friendship served as the foundation for the support and advice she would offer as Bobi Wine transitioned into the political arena.

Bobi Wine's leap from a thriving music career to active politics was a surprising and audacious move. In 2017, he shocked many by announcing his candidacy for the Kyadondo County East constituency Member of Parliament (MP) during a by-election. 

He contended against two seasoned candidates, Sitenda Sebalu of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party and Apollo Kantinti of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC). Despite the odds stacked against him, he emerged victorious, marking the beginning of his political journey.

In 2021, Bobi Wine further ventured into the realm of national politics by running for the presidency, a courageous and transformative decision. His campaign was met with fervor and enthusiasm, rallying a diverse following of supporters who resonated with his message of change and justice.

As the leader of the National Unity Platform, Bobi Wine has emerged as a powerful voice in Ugandan politics, championing the cause of the opposition. His journey has not been without challenges and controversies, but it's a testament to his unwavering commitment to making a difference in his country.

In the midst of this political whirlwind, his friendship with Juliana has remained a steady source of strength and support. Her wise counsel, rooted in genuine concern for his well-being and success, has served as a guiding light in his political career.

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