There are days when entertainers awake and realize that they are popular enough to be powerful. They come to the epiphany that their celebrity status in the entertainment industry needs to transform the environment, governance and primarily their audience, fans or in contemporary terms followers.
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You cannot separate politics from the people, same way you can’t separate entertainment which serves as pleasure to the people. Politicians seek the aid of celebrities desperately during their political campaigns and entertainers seek the endorsement of those in power to execute magnanimous projects.
Entertainers or celebrities that go into politics are not necessarily stingy or money-grubbing individuals, we must first clarify that. Remember former American president Ronald Reagan was a movie actor, Arnold “Commando” Schwarzenegger was an actor prior to becoming a state governor in the United States of America, the current Liberian President George Weah was a prominent footballer in his prime.
The list goes, hence we must understand that crossing over from entertainment into Politics is primarily about self-development first then the enlightenment of the people. Entertainers serve as the bridge between the government and the people.
See the list of Nigerian celebrities that cross carpeted from entertainment into politics:
- Desmond Elliot: Desmond contested for the Lagos state house of assembly in 2015 and won. He represented the Surulere constituency where he created several job opportunities for the residents in that district.
2. Richard-Mofe Damijo: RMD served as the commissioner of Culture and Tourism in Delta State from 2009 until 2015.
3. Kate Henshaw: The veteran actress that keeps glowing in December 2015, Kate Henshaw was made Special Adviser, Liaison, Lagos to Cross River state.
4. 9ice: 9ice real name Abolore Akande contested in the 2015 House of Representative seat in Oyo State but lost at the primaries. He was however elected as the Special Assistant to the Governor on Youth Matters under the state governor Isiaka Abiola Ajimobi.
5. Hilda Dokunbo: Ace Actress, Hilda Dokubo was one of the first Nigerian celebrities to get into the political game. She was appointed Special Adviser on Youth Affairs to the former Rivers state governor, Peter Odili in the early 2000’s.
6. Ini Edo: Seasoned actress Ini Edo was appointed as the special Adviser on Tourism to the Akwa Ibom state governor.
7. Femi Adebayo: Popular Yoruba actor Femi Adebayo was named the special adviser to the Governor of Kwara state, Abdulfatah Ahmed on Arts, Culture and Tourism in February 2016.
8. Mercy Johnson: Ever since Mercy Johnson became a wife and mother over the past couple of years, she curtailed her presence in the movie industry especially in sultry roles. She was appointed the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to Kogi State governor Yahaya Bello on Entertainment, Art and Culture.
9. Tony Tetuila: Anthony Olanrewaju Awotoye, popularly known as Tony Tetuila, who hails from Irepodun Local Government Area of Kwara State, contested for the 2015 National Assembly election for the House of Representatives’ seat of his home constituency on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) which he later lost.
10. Banky W: Superstar musician, actor and the owner of the record label Empire Mates Entertainment (EME) announced that he would be contesting for the 2019 House of Rep. for the Eti Osa constituency in Lagos state.