Ugandan Activist, Opposition Leader, and Musician Bobi Wine takes Centerstage in New Episode of “Leadership in Action”

March 25, 2024

Bobi Wine takes center stage in new “Leadership in Action” video from Aspen Institute.

Contact: Eric Baker
Media Relations Manager
The Aspen Institute

Washington, DC, March 25, 2024 – The Aspen Institute’s Aspen Ministers Forum, in partnership with the Bertelsmann Foundation, is proud to premiere this season’s Leadership in Action series’ second episode in which viewers will hear from Ugandan activist, politician, and musician Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, known by his stage name Bobi Wine. This episode, available on Bertelsmann’s site, will follow Wine’s story from growing up in a repressive Kampala, to becoming a beloved international star, before turning opposition political leader. This episode takes viewers inside Wine’s perilous fight to save Ugandan democracy from its decades-long leader, Yoweri Museveni.

“In just under 15 minutes, this episode takes you through my transformation from being one of Uganda’s most successful musicians to leading millions of citizens struggling to restore freedom and democracy in a country ruled by one of Africa’s most brutal dictators. The episode summarises what terror we have endured in our quest for good governance, but also highlights why we, nevertheless, remain committed to that mission. One day, Uganda shall be free!” said Wine.

Leadership in Action examines skilled negotiators and practitioners as they attempt to resolve geopolitic’ most intractable challenges. All episodes can be found at the Bertelsmann Foundation’s website and YouTube.

Season three’s final episode will feature former Israeli Foreign Minister, former opposition leader in the Knesset, and Aspen Ministers Forum member Tzipi Livni. She will discuss her efforts as the chief Israeli negotiator in peace talks with the Palestinian Authority, the challenges she faced, the gaps that were bridged even when an agreement was not achieved, and the leadership that is needed for a better future on both sides.

Previous seasons have featured the likes of former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on the war in Kosovo, the European Union’s former High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini discussing the Iran Nuclear Deal, and former British Foreign Secretary Malcolm Rifkind on the transfer of Hong Kong back to China, among others.


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