Tindyebwa Agaba Wise is the son of Emma Thompson and the husband, Greg Wise. Wise’s mother, Thompson is a British actress, screenwriter, producer, activist, author, and comedian. One of Britain’s most acclaimed actresses, she is the recipient of numerous accolades, including two Academy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, two British Academy Film Awards, a British Academy Television Award, and a Primetime Emmy Award. Tindyebwa Agaba’s father, Gregory Wise is an English actor and producer. He has appeared in several British television programs and feature films. In 2003, Thompson and her husband informally adopted Tindyebwa Agaba Wise, Rwandan orphan, and former child soldier.
Who is Emma Thompson’s son Tindyebwa Agaba Wise?
Tindyebwa Agaba Wise is the founder and director of the charity organization, ‘Muryango.’ The organization helps African refugees and asylum-seekers by providing them financial guidance and preparing them for job interviews. Tindy is better known as the son of British actress Emma Thompson, who adopted him after meeting him at the ‘Refugee Council.’ Before escaping to the United Kingdom, Tindyebwa was forced to work as a child soldier in Rwanda after being kidnapped by the militia. Tindyebwa’s fortune changed when he was spotted by the Oscar-winning actress. Tindyebwa Agaba Wise currently resides in London and works as a human rights activist. He aspires to become a politician to bring about a positive change in society. As of 2021, Tindyebwa Agaba Wise is 34 years old.
Tindyebwa Agaba was born in Rwanda. Tindyebwa Agaba Wise and his three sisters were raised by his father, who worked as a tea plantation farmer. Tindyebwa’s and his sisters’ lives were turned upside down when their father died of AIDS. Tindyebwa Agaba and his sisters were forced to drop out of school after their father died. Fortunately, their mother was able to persuade ‘Care International,’ a non-governmental group, to take in her children. The organization, however, broke down when Tindyebwa was ten years old.
Tindyebwa and his sisters had no choice but to return to their village. Unfortunately, the political situation in his country had deteriorated to the point that militants were abducting children his age. Tindyebwa Agaba Wise and his sisters were kidnapped by the militia with the purpose of converting them into soldiers before long. Tindyebwa was compelled to join a group of boys after being forced to cross the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s border, while his sisters were forced to join a group of sole girls.
Emma Thompson’s adopted son Tindyebwa Agaba Wise was soon turned into a child soldier and forced to fight against the government with weapons. Tindyebwa managed to flee the camp after several days as a child soldier, despite the fact that one of the boys who was attempting to flee with him was shot down. Tindyebwa Agaba Wise was apprehended by the cops and imprisoned for nearly 13 months before escaping from the prison after a brawl with the prison guard. He then returned to Uganda, where he was discovered by a ‘Care International’ staffer. Tindyebwa Agaba Wise was dispatched to the United Kingdom, where ‘Care International’ is headquartered. However, even after making it to London, Tindy faced difficult times for many days before he was spotted by the authorities of the ‘Refugee Council.’
At the ‘Refugee Council,’ Emma Thompson met Tindyebwa Agaba Wise and offered him to spend Christmas with her and her family. Tindyebwa, who was unaware of Thompson’s celebrity position, was hesitant to accept her offer since he couldn’t trust anyone after his ordeal.
“I wondered, ‘What does she want?’” Tindy later admitted. If the past had taught him one thing, it was that encounters with unfamiliar adults usually ended very badly.
Thompson, on the other hand, never gave up on him and eventually won his trust. Tindyebwa grew accustomed to spending time with Thompson and her family over the next few months. He became so attached to her that he began to live with her. Emma Thompson, who had been unable to conceive for the second time despite several IVF cycles, opted to adopt Tindyebwa.
A year after he first came to London, in 2004, something extraordinary happened. Tindyebwa Agaba Wise, newly enrolled at college and learning to speak English, was in class, studying Shakespeare.
His teacher pulled out a DVD of Henry V, dimmed the lights, and pressed play.
Three scenes into the film, a woman wearing a crown appeared on the screen. Tindy blinked.
It was the woman whose house, by this point, he’d come to think of as home. He’d even started calling her “Mum”. It was, of course, Emma. That was the first inkling of the new life he was getting into.
Tindy embraced it. He soared through education, achieving a degree in politics at Exeter University and a second degree, in human rights law, at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
Tindyebwa Agaba Wise now speaks English, Arabic, a bit of French and five African languages.
It was after unspeakable horror during the Rwandan genocide – when some 500,000 were murdered – that Tindy put himself on a path to try and right the dreadful wrongs he had witnessed as a child.
Tindyebwa Agaba Wise’s parents, Emma and Greg supported him all the way. Greg went on: “He is an absolutely extraordinary young man and he, of course, knows more than his fair share of death and grief having been a child soldier captured by the [Rwandan militia group] Interahamwe and then managing to escape.
“Because he has suffered, he can understand what others go through. That is a fantastically powerful force to have around at the moment.”
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After university, Tindy worked for the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights before setting up a charity providing pastoral care to refugees and asylum seekers in Cairo.
As well as Egypt he has worked in Burma, Liberia, and Palestine – and even studied again at university in Iran.
Speaking about the reasons they decided to informally adopt Tindy, Emma has previously said: “Sometimes being friends is not enough.
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“You need family. I think we don’t talk enough about the happiness that it gives you to find new connections with strangers and people who aren’t familiar to you.”
Emma, famed for movies such as Harry Potter, Nanny McPhee, and Love, Actually, has introduced Tindy to many of her celebrity friends including Hugh Laurie and Rowan Atkinson, who live nearby.
Tindyebwa Agaba Wise, of course, posed happily for a family picture at Buckingham Palace when Emma was made a Dame by Prince William two years ago.
And family is most important for him – memories of the one he left in Rwanda and the one who rescued him in London.
Tindyebwa Agaba Wise is close to his sister Gaia Romilly Wise. Unfortunately, he is yet to hear from his biological sisters. Also, he has not seen his biological mother since the day she left him and his sisters at ‘Care International.’ Tindyebwa’s biggest dream is to find his mother. Tindyebwa Agaba Wise aspires to become a politician. His goal is to help asylum-seekers and provide them with an opportunity to lead better lives. He has already worked with a number of charity organizations around the world.