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A United States based news outlet has claimed that Ugandan singer Joseph Mayanja, better known as Jose Chameleone represents  Africa in the controversial Illuminati. Illuminati is a group alleged to conspire to control world affairs by masterminding events and  planting agents in government and corporations to establish a New World Order and gain further political power and influence. The American entertainment news channel also claimed that the Williams sisters- Venus and Serena- alongside golfer Tiger Woods  represent tennis and golf respectively.

Tiger Woods is considered the most successful golfer of all time while the Williams sisters are arguably the best female tennis players to  ever live. Chameleone is considered by many as the greatest Ugandan musician of all time. This comes a few months since Chameleone  denied subscribing to the illuminati, insisting that he believes in only God.

However in October 2012, the Badilisha singer alongside Archbishop Dr. John Sentamu were listed among the African members of the  Illuminati group. Back in 2004, at the prime of his career, newspapers began infiltrating with reports that Chameleone subscribed to  powers from Underground that helped his musical star shine brighter. It was at a time when it was a new phenomenon in Uganda for a  musician to be extremely rich by normal standards.

He promptly released a song Nyanja in which he seemed to ridicule his critics. Some of the celebrities who are believed to be part of the illuminati include Barack Obama, Wizkid, P Square, Akon, and Wesley Snipes among others. However Chameleone insists he is not illuminati. He said: “At first they said I was a worshipper of underworld gods, now it is the illuminati talk. Why do people try so hard to explain my achievements? All in all, I am Joseph, child of God, grandson of Buganda, Uganda, East Africa and Africa.”

What Is Illuminati?

According to Wikipedia, the Illuminati (plural of Latin illuminatus, “enlightened”) is a name given to several groups, both real and fictitious. Historically the name refers to the Bavarian Illuminati, an Enlightenment-era secret society founded on May 1, 1776 to  oppose superstition, prejudice, religious influence over public life, abuses of state power, and to support women’s education and gender equality.

The Illuminati were outlawed along with other secret societies by the Bavarian government leadership with the encouragement of the Roman Catholic Church, and permanently disbanded in 1785. In the several years following, the group was vilified by conservative  and religious critics who claimed they had regrouped and were responsible for the French Revolution. In subsequent use, “Illuminati” refers to various organizations claiming or purported to have unsubstantiated links to the original Bavarian Illuminati or similar secret societies, and often alleged to conspire to control world affairs by masterminding events and planting agents in government and  corporations to establish a New World Order and gain further political power and influence. Central to some of the most widely known  and elaborate conspiracy theories, the Illuminati have been depicted as lurking in the shadows and pulling the strings and levers of  power in dozens of novels, movies, television shows, comics, video games, and music videos. History The Owl of Minerva perched on a book was an emblem used by the Bavarian Illuminati in their “Minerval” degree. The movement was founded on May 1, 1776, in  Ingolstadt (Upper

Bavaria) as the Order of the Illuminati, with an initial membership of five, by Jesuit-taught Adam Weishaupt (d.  1830), who was the first lay professor of canon law at the University of Ingolstadt. It was made up of freethinkers as an offshoot of the  Enlightenment and seems to have been modeled on the Freemasons. The Illuminati’s members took a vow of secrecy and pledged  obedience to their superiors. Members were divided into three main classes, each with several degrees, and many Illuminati chapters drew membership from existing Masonic lodges.

The goals of the organization included trying to eliminate superstition, prejudice, and the Roman Catholic Church’s domination over government, philosophy, and science; trying to reduce oppressive state abuses of power, and trying to support the education and treatment of women as intellectual equals. Originally Weishaupt had planned the order to be named the “Perfectibilists”. The group has
also been called the Bavarian Illuminati and its ideology has been called “Illuminism”. Many influential intellectuals and progressive politicians counted themselves as members, including Ferdinand of Brunswick and the diplomat Xavier von Zwack, the second- in-command of the order. The order had branches in most European countries: it reportedly had around 2,000 members over the span of ten years. It attracted literary men such as Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Johann Gottfried Herder and the reigning dukes  of Gotha and Weimar.

In 1777, Karl Theodor became ruler of Bavaria. He was a proponent of Enlightened Despotism and his government banned all secret societies including the Illuminati. Internal rupture and panic over succession preceded its downfall. A March 2, 1785 government  edict “seems to have been deathblow to the Illuminati in Bavaria.” Weishaupt had fled and documents and internal correspondences, seized in 1786 and 1787, were subsequently published by the government in 1787. Von Zwack’s home was searched to disclose much of the group’s literature. Barruel and Robison

Between 1797 and 1798 Augustin Barruel’s Memoirs Illustrating the History of Jacobinism and John Robison’s Proofs of a Conspiracy both publicized the theory that the Illuminati had survived and represented an ongoing international conspiracy, including the claim that it was behind the French Revolution. Both books proved to be very popular, spurring reprints and paraphrases by others (a prime example is Proofs of the Real Existence, and Dangerous Tendency, Of Illuminism by Reverend Seth Payson, published in 1802). Some response was critical, such as Jean-Joseph Mounier’s On the Influence Attributed to Philosophers, Free-Masons, and to the Illuminati  on the Revolution of France.[citation needed]

Robison and Barruel’s works made their way to the United States. Across New England, Reverend Jedidiah Morse and others  sermonized against the Illuminati, their sermons were printed, and the matter followed in newspapers. The concern died down in the  first decade of the 1800s, though had some revival during the Anti-Masonic movement of the 1820s and 30s. Modern Illuminati

Several recent and present-day fraternal organizations claim to be descended from the original Bavarian Illuminati and openly use the name “Illuminati.” Some such groups use a variation on “The Illuminati Order” in the name of their organization, while others such as  the Ordo Templi Orientis use “Illuminati” as a level within their organization’s hierarchy. However, there is no evidence that these present-day groups have amassed significant political power or influence, and they promote unsubstantiated links to the Bavarian Illuminati as a means of attracting membership instead of trying to remain secret.

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