Part 2 of 4: Idi Amin, a charming dictator or pan-African buffoon?

21 May 2019

 

 

 

Idi Amin Dada, the self-styled conqueror of the British Empire and a Ugandan dictator. Amin was cruel and unusual,. So, how did he earned a unique infamous status- in the horrible dictators’ hall of fame, as well as; a comical character for children, and a controversial symbol for resistance?  A dictator , diplomatic fool and a film fodder. These were commonly told stories that Hollywood would later seize upon to add a juicy twist to its own scripts.  After 40 years, "Aminism" lives on.

 

Through a combination of populist charm and violence that shocked many, he ruled for eight years until his strategic blunders brought him down.

 

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