April 21, 2014

Excitement As M7 Takes First Selfie

President Museveni taking his first ever selfie. PPU PHOTO
President Museveni taking his first ever selfie. PPU PHOTO

The selfie craze that has caused excitement around the world has not spared Ugandan president, Yoweri Museveni.

On Monday, there was excitement in the northern district of Arua when the Ugandan president became the latest world leader to show the ease with which he is able to adapt to global technological trends when he got hold of a trendy smartphone and took his first ever selfie.

This was during celebrations to mark 100 years of the West Nile region at Boma grounds, Arua Municipality, north of the country.

Recently, Pope Francis delighted the crowd at St. Peter's Square when he hopped off his popemobile to take a few selfies with those gathered following a packed Palm Sunday service:
Recently, Pope Francis delighted the crowd at St. Peter’s Square when he hopped off his popemobile to take a few selfies with those gathered following a packed Palm Sunday service:

According to Sarah Kagingo, the Special Presidential Assistant on Communications, the new generation media and Ugandan online community were very excited.

Wikipedia describes a selfie as a self protrait photograph, typically taken with a hand-held digital camera phone.

Initially popular with young people, selfies have gained wider popularity.

President Museveni now joins a host of world leaders who have taken selfies of themselves.

Funeral selfie: President Obama, British PM David Cameron and Denmark's Prime Minister Helle Thorning took a selfie during Nelson Madela's funeral last  December. ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty
Funeral selfie: President Obama, British PM David Cameron and Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning took a selfie during Nelson Madela’s funeral last December. ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty

The most prominent of these was when US President Barack Obama together with British Premier David Cameron and Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt took a selfie of themselves during the funeral of South Africa’s fallen anti-apartheid icon, Nelson Madela last December.

In November 2013, the word “selfie” was announced as being the “word of the year” by the Oxford English Dictionary, which gave the word itself an Australian origin.

 

2 thoughts on “Excitement As M7 Takes First Selfie

  1. I don’t see any thing new here because I have taken myself a photo using any phone that has camera and even cameras itself. or its just new to see that president took a photo of himself?

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