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Did Museveni predict Kanye West presidential bid in 2018?

By John Tugume

Added 5th July 2020 12:03 PM

While in Uganda, Kanye West received the name of Kanyesigye (let me trust him) from Museveni while his wife was named Kemigisha, meaning the one with blessings from God.

While in Uganda, Kanye West received the name of Kanyesigye (let me trust him) from Museveni while his wife was named Kemigisha, meaning the one with blessings from God.

When Kanye West and wife Kim Kardashian visited Uganda in October 2018, no one knew that the billionaire rapper would later announce his bid for America's top slot at the White House.

But one ‘ritual' was performed by President Yoweri Museveni when the couple met him at State House, Entebbe. Museveni gave the couple Ugandan names.

Kanye West received the name of Kanyesigye (let me trust him) while his wife was named Kemigisha, meaning the one with blessings from God.

Kim and Kanye after receiving their Ugandan names of Kemigisha and Kanyesigye respectively
Kim and Kanye after receiving their Ugandan names of Kemigisha and Kanyesigye respectively

The American couple discussed with the President issues related to investment potential in Uganda and Africa in general, especially in the areas of tourism, among other vast areas of interest. 

The announcement

Kanye West, the entertainment mogul who urges listeners in one song to "reach for the stars, so if you fall, you land on a cloud," announced Saturday he is challenging Donald Trump for the US presidency in 2020.

"We must now realise the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States! #2020VISION," the born-again billionaire rapper tweeted as Americans marked Independence Day.

Kanye West holding discussions with Museveni
Kanye West holding discussions with Museveni

He offered no further details on his campaign, four months before the November election.

West long ago broke ranks with most of the left-leaning entertainment industry to loudly voice his support for Trump.

Kanye West: Uganda's tourism ambassador 

Museveni assured the couple of his support to them so that their potential is exploited to the maximum during their visit to Uganda in order to enhance Uganda's potential as the best tourism destination for Americans. He handed them Uganda's pictorial and tourism destination areas.  

Museveni displaying the shoes he received as a gift from Kanye West in 2018

The celebrity couple visited Chobe Safari Lodge in Murchison Falls National Park in North Western Uganda. 

The American rapper expressed happiness at being in Uganda describing it as his second home. 

He said that he will put up a world class tourism school in the country, saying it will be a foundation of tourism not only in Uganda but the East Africa region in general.

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