Documentary on Ugandan opposition leader, Wine, bags Oscar nomination


UGANDA – A documentary showcasing the opposition campaign waged by Ugandan singer-turned-politician, Bobi Wine, against the regime of President Yoweri Museveni has been nominated for an Oscar award.

Wine was nominated for the best documentary feature film alongside four other documentaries, including Tunisian documentary Four Daughters, according to a report by the BBC.

“It is such a humbling moment to see the Ugandan story make it to the Academy Awards – the most prestigious and significant awards in the world.

“Today the fight for democracy in Uganda and around the world lives on. Thank you for this recognition!” Wine wrote on his official X handle on Tuesday.

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Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, lost to President Museveni in the 2021 presidential elections.

Allegations that the vote was manipulated led to countrywide protests by opposition supporters.

Human rights groups said that security forces killed dozens and arrested thousands of other protestors during the election period.

Wine himself had been arrested and detained multiple times for criticising Museveni’s rule.

On Tuesday, security forces ended a five-day blockade at his home.

Security forces had taken the measure to stop the opposition politician from participating in a planned protest.

President Museveni, who had led Uganda since 1986, is accused by critics of stifling dissent.

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