By Sarah Mazirwe – Kampala, Uganda, Sunday, March 29, 2020.
A Ugandan musician, actor, businessman, politician, and philanthropist, has released a song to fight against Coronavirus, National Telegraph can confirm.
Music is believed to be one of the most direct ways to communicate emotions, feelings and listeners would get the message very easily through music.
The Ugandan singer-turned politician Hon Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu commonly known as Bobi Wine in his new song entitled ‘Corona Virus Alert’ adds to the voices of his country’s health ministry, World Health Organization to sensitize the public about COVID-19 epidemic through lyrics.
In his song with Nubian Li, his friend, and long-time collaborator, he asks and requests everyone to be responsible to stop the spread of the virus, highlighting that everybody is a potential carrier and a victim.
He says it’s everyone’s responsibility to contain the spread of the virus, through the guidelines set by the health ministry. “The bad news is that everyone is a potential victim, but the good news is that everybody is a potential solution,” runs the lyrics.
“Coronavirus is sweeping mankind, buryomu webereremu ( everybody should be on the alert) everyone takes charge, Coronavirus should not be played with,” runs one of the lyrics.
He also encourages people to sanitize, wash their hands, maintain a social distance as well as maintain discipline and personal hygiene. He also highlights Coronavirus symptoms including sneezing, flu, dry cough, red eyes.
The song also sensitises people, who have symptoms to keep home and practice quarantine instead of mingling with the public that aides the spread of the epidemic.
The song attracted a great section of Ugandans to tweet about it including the most popular opposition politician of Forum for Democratic Change Dr. Kizza Besigye and many more.
Bobi Wine currently heads an opposition pressure group dubbed People Power in Uganda and he’s vying for presidency come 2021 Presidential elections to challenge incumbent President, Yoweri Museveni.
He rose to fame in politics in 2017, when he won Kyadondo East as the area Member of Parliament. He has gained popularity in Uganda especially the youths who are against the idea of having the government dominated by relatively aged people yet the youths make the largest proportion of the population in Uganda.
Uganda is one of the countries that has the youngest population with 77% of its population under the ages of 25. United Nations Population Fund report found out that three out of ten people are aged between 10 to 24.