APPARENTLY, POLITICS IN NIGERIA HAS BECOME THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY ANNEX.
Now it’s seemingly a no brainer; after spending sometime on the TV screens as a public figure, the next thing is to plan to occupy a public office. I must commend the courage even though the drive to make some good political money maybe one propelling factor –which they are likely to deny, but my point is, is this sustainable? Are we letting the right set of people lead? Just TINKing.
A lot of Nigerian artists in recent times have indicated interest in occupying political offices and some have even gone ahead to win. Some have done very well and some others, not so well. Amongst Nigerian entertainers who have vied for political offices at some point include, Bob Manuel, Kate Henshaw Nuttle, Desmond Elliot, Kenneth Okonkwo, Tony “One Week” Muanagor, and very recently Bankole Wllington a.k.a Banky W. there are speculations that Jude Abaga a.k.a MI is also saddling up for politics but we currently have no proof of this. We also saw A-List Nigerian musician, Davido get involved with politics while chairing the campaign for his uncle who was vying for political office in his home state.
I do not think there is anything wrong with this trend as it is everyone’s wish to do something for the common good of the people and politics is one great avenue. However, my concern is the quality of individuals who occupy such offices. Otherwise it may just be a square peg in a round hole scenario. Politics in Africa is no stage where you come do your thing and go, whatever decisions you take there will affect the lives of people for a long time.
So dear entertainers, if you want to vie for political office in the nearest future, ensure you have added a lot more than twerk videos and lyrics that don’t mean anything to yourselves as we would require you to give us the best of you.
I just hope that very soon criteria for running election in Africa won’t be based on the amount of screen time you have and the number of followers on social media.