A Ghetto Presidency: Bobi Wine & the Role of Digital and Urban Spaces in Ugandan Power Relations
Campus Only Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
Professor Harmony O'Rourke
Professor Joe Parker
My paper is a transdisciplinary analysis of the conditions of Uganda’s economy of power that allowed for the emergence of Bobi Wine’s People Power, Our Power movement. It is grounded primarily in Tejumola Olinayan’s notion of the myth of western modernization as explicated in an interview with Lars Cuzner for a German symposium on “Rethinking Cosmopolitanism” and built upon in his 2004 book Arrest The Music: Fela And His Rebel Art & Politics, in which he constructs a simultaneously “oppressive and "enchanting." modernism, which Fela's is both a symptom and a resistor of. This, along with postcolonialist Homi Bhabha’s concept of colonial ambivalence helps me conceptualize a similar unfixed relationship that I recognize between Bobi and Western modernity, as it’s expressed through formal state politics.
Kajubi, Kalanzi, "A Ghetto Presidency: Bobi Wine & the Role of Digital and Urban Spaces in Ugandan Power Relations" (2019). Pitzer Senior Theses. 111.
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