His Excellency President for Life, Field Marshal Al Hadji Doctor Idi Amin, VC, DSO, MC, CBE, Lord of all the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Sea, and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular, in the early 1970s. Photographer unknown.
The commercial for its six-piece chicken combo depicts Mr. Mugabe reminiscing about his times with departed dictators to the song Those Were the Days.
He is shown having a water-gun fight with Muammar Gaddafi, making sand angels with Saddam Hussein and riding in a tank with Idi Amin, before awakening from his dream to find himself at a dinner table, alone at Christmas, The Associated Press reported.
Year: 79th Oscars Category: Actor in a Leading Role Film Title: The Last King of Scotland Winner: Forest Whitaker Presenter: Reese Witherspoon Date & Venue: February 25, 2007; Kodak Theatre
FOREST WHITAKER: Thank you. Thank you. Just a second, just a second. Okay. Take it [in], okay. I wrote something down because I thought if it would happen I would be a little overwhelmed and I am. So, okay.
When I was a kid the only way that I saw movies was from the backseat of my family’s car at the drive-in, and it wasn’t my reality to think I would be acting in movies. So receiving this honor tonight tells me that it’s possible, it is possible for a kid from east Texas, raised in South Central L.A., in Carson, who believes in his dreams, commits himself to them with his heart, to touch them and to have them happen. Because when I first started acting, it was because of my desire to connect to everyone, to that thing inside each of us, that light that I believe exists in all of us. Because acting for me is about believing in that connection; and it’s a connection so strong, it’s a connection so deep that we feel it and through our combined belief we can create a new reality.
So I want to thank my fellow believers in “The Last King of Scotland.” I want to thank Peter, Jeremy, Andrea, Lisa, Charles, Kevin, James McAvoy, Kerry, Stephen, Fox, DNA, Channel Four. I want to thank the people of Uganda, who helped this film have a spirit. And finally, I want to thank my mom and my dad; I want to thank my wife Keisha, my children, my ancestors who continue to guide my steps, and God, God who believes in us all and who’s given me this moment in this lifetime that I will hopefully carry to the end of my lifetime into the next lifetime. Thank you.
this day in 1979, the Ugandan dictator Idi Amin was deposed. A Major General in the post-colonial
Ugandan army, Amin had seized power in a military coup in 1971,
overthrowing socialist Milton Obote. His regime was characterised by use
of military force, human rights abuses, and political repression against
dissidents, especially violence against ethnic groups (predominantly
Acholi and Lango peoples). Between 100,000 and 500,000 were killed by
his eight year regime. Amin’s behaviour became increasingly erratic throughout his rule, and he gave
himself numerous titles until his full title was “His
Excellency, President for Life, Field Marshal Al Hadji Doctor Idi Amin
Dada, VC, DSO, MC, Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the
Seas and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and
Uganda in Particular”, and claimed to be the uncrowned King
of Scotland. By 1978, Amin’s support had dwindled and dissent was on the
rise as the Ugandan economy failed. The dictator invaded Tanzanian territory, which caused
a war in which his army was defeated and the capital of Kampala
captured. Amin was forced to flee into exile by helicopter on April 11th
1979, going first to Libya then to Saudi Arabia where he died
in 2003; he never expressed remorse for the crimes of his regime.