Kanye West Love for Autocrats


Kanye West continues to surprise the world. After meeting with President Donald Trump, Kanye came to Uganda and met with President Yoweri Museveni. During his visit, he said the spirit of Fela Kuti flows in him. Is Kanye on the wrong beat?

A Kiswahili proverb goes thus: mwenye macho haambiwi tazama. Which translates to, one who has eyes isn’t told to look. However, this proverb might not be applicable to Kanye Omari West. The American rapper was in Uganda, met with President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. A week prior to his visit to Uganda, Kanye had met with U.S. President Donald Trump. His meeting with President Trump came under serious criticism, as has his declaration that “slavery is a choice.”

On the continent, Kanye’s visit to Uganda has raised a new set of questions including Kanye’s continual idolisation of dictators, his far flung political consciousness, and basically what he stands for. In a country where a fellow musician, Bobi Wine, who’s currently a Member of Parliament, had been tortured, beaten and his life threatened, by the Museveni regime, Kanye had no issues buddying up with President Museveni.

While Kanye is losing on the American front, he’s also losing hugely on the African front. While in Uganda, in one of his rants he said, “I am the best living record artist. We, rather, because the spirits flow through me. The spirit of Fela, the spirit of Marley, the spirit of Pac flows through me.”

Sources – TIA

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