Kampala, Uganda | AFP | Kanye West and his wife Kim Kardashian on Monday paid a visit to Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, gifting the 74-year-old leader a pair of white sneakers.
Rap megastar West is in the east African nation to finish recording his ninth studio album “Yandhi”, which was meant to drop two weeks ago, until his surprise decision to go and record in Africa to “feel the energy”.
The serial Grammy-winning artist — who recently announced he was changing his name to Ye — arrived in Uganda on Saturday.
The country seizing the opportunity to market itself as a tourist destination, with the couple pictured visiting its natural sites.
Museveni welcomed them to the country on his Twitter account.
“I held fruitful discussions with the duo on how to promote Uganda’s tourism and the arts. I thank Kanye for the gift of white sneakers. Enjoy your time in Uganda. It is the true Pearl of Africa,” he wrote.
It is West’s second audience with a president in under a week after his eyebrow-raising meeting with Donald Trump last Thursday, in which he performed a relentless monologue that left even the US President speechless.
@kanyewest and @KimKardashian were excited by the Ugandan Names given to them by President @KagutaMuseveni. Kanye received the name Kanyesigye while Kim was named Kemigisha meaning the one with blessings from God. @UgandaMediaCent @OfwonoOpondo @lindahNabusayi @TMZ @EmmaTinka
— Angella Abushedde (@a_angellav) October 15, 2018
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian’s meeting with President Museveni. Credit: PPU pic.twitter.com/Z8p9mwsmQw
— Sheila Nduhukire ?? (@Snduhukire) October 15, 2018
I welcome American entertainment stars Kanye West and @KimKardashian to Uganda. I held fruitful discussions with the duo on how to promote Uganda’s tourism and the arts. I thank Kanye for the gift of white sneakers. Enjoy your time in Uganda. It is the true Pearl of Africa. pic.twitter.com/BO0iD0sFCP
— Yoweri K Museveni (@KagutaMuseveni) October 15, 2018
His lecture included everything from Trump’s protectionist trade policies to replacing Air Force One with a hydrogen plane, black gun crime and “infinite amounts of universe,” was met with bemusement and concern.
“We have to go to what is known as Africa, I have to go and find out what it is really called and just grab the soil and cook five meals a day so the metabolism stays up and… have the mic in the open so you can hear nature while we are recording,” West told entertainment site TMZ.
— The Independent (@UGIndependent) October 13, 2018