Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu also known as Bobi Wine, is a Ugandan politician, businessman, entrepreneur, philanthropist and musician, better known by the stage name Bobi Wine. As of 11 July 2017, he serves as the member of parliament representing Kyaddondo East constituency in Wakiso District, in Uganda's Central Region.
He was born on 12 February 1982, in what was then Mpigi District, but is now Gomba District. He grew up in the Kamwookya slum in the northeast part of Kampala, Uganda's capital city. He was baptized Robert Kyagulanyi in the Roman Catholic Church. He attended Makerere University in Kampala, where he studied music dance and drama, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts.
Bobi Wine started making music in the early 2000s. His first singles were Akagoma, Funtula, and Sunda (featuring Ziggy D), which brought him into the limelight. He was the President of the group Fire Base Crew. When that group disbanded he started a new group of which he is the president: "Ghetto Republic of Uganja". In 2008, the Uganda Professional Boxing Commission (UPBC) gave him a professional boxing license. Bobi Wine is also a movie actor, mainly starring in local movies commonly known as Binayuganda. In 2015, Bobi Wine was cast in a lead role in a Twaweza supported film Situka with Hellen Lukoma.
Bobi Wine met his wife while he was at Makerere University and she was a S6 student at Bweranyangi Girls' Senior Secondary School. Their wedding took place in August 2011. They have four children together: Solomon Kampala Nyanzi, Shalom Namagembe, Shadraq Shilling Mbogo, and the one born in August 2015. In 2013, after having shown a good example caring for his children on his Ghetto President Reality TV Show, he was appointed parenting ambassador by Twaweza. At his home in Magere Village, Wakiso District, Wine raises his children away from the media glare. He said to The Daily Monitor about his home life, "I have this big garden at home and I always ensure we go together to dig and get food, whenever we can. I do that because I want them to learn to live an ordinary life, not as a celebrity’s children." In a 2015 interview, Wine’s wife Barbie spoke of his canceling work trips to take care of thir children during her fourth pregnancy when she suffered from severe morning Bobi Wine lost his father, whom he credited with influencing him to be a good parent, on 10 February 2015. The vigil and burial attracted hundreds of mourners, including government officials and other celebrities.
Wine's lyrics often advocate for ghetto-residents in Uganda. He has supported several practical projects to improve conditions for the poor. In 2012, he started a campaign to promote more regular cleaning in hospitals, sanitization, garbage management and hand washing to prevent disease. Also in 2012, Bobi donated funds to build pit latrines and construct a drainage channel in Kisenyi II. He said, "I am doing this because these are my people, and no matter where I go, this will always be home." He has also campaigned for malaria prevention, with donations to Nakasongola Health Centre, and reference to the disease in his songs. He visited the Bundibugyo Refugee Camp in Bundibugyo District in August 2013, along with representatives from Save the Children, UNHCR, and the Red Cross to deliver funds and supplies. The same year, Bobi Wine was appointed Parenting Ambassador by Twaweza, a NGO that focuses on education and citizen engagement in East Africa. "Education is what will ultimately change the course of our country and as an artiste and a father, I believe we can all make a difference in our children’s learning," he said. In 2014, Wine was appointed a Save the Children Ambassador for their EVERY ONE Campaign.