Music Marries Movies

MUSICIANS ARE BEGINNING TO TAKE UP LEAD ROLES IN AFRICAN MOVIES

Source: Unspalsh

Source: Unspalsh

It always makes me happy when two separate entities are joined together in holy matrimony. Well in this case, I’m not sure how holy this matrimony is but I like the idea of a joining. Although this trend I’m about to reveal is the norm in many European countries and the Americas, but it is largely a new trend in this part of the world and it is highly welcomed.

I’m sure you must have noticed that your favourite music stars aren’t just gracing your TV screens in their music videos but have begun to unlock their hidden talent in acting. These musicians have begun to take up lead roles in African movies and they are doing a fantastic job, I must say.

Especially in Nigeria, musicians used to stay away from taking up movie roles but right now not anymore. Two block buster movies form the Nigerian movie industry a.k.a Nollywood has seen this trend to full swing. First was “The wedding party” which had Nigerian music icons Banky W and Ikechukwu grace the screens,

Source: Ayola.tv

Source: Ayola.tv

and second was “King of Boys” which had Ill bliss and Reminisce join the list of Nigerian actors. By the way, if you haven’t seen any of those movies you are doing yourself a total disfavor.

Source: Pulse

Source: Pulse

We TINK that in the nearest future we are going to see music artists compete with actors for roles in more African movies. This is definitely going to lead to a speedy and more healthy development in the industry.

This is sure an exciting trend to keep an eye on.

Politricks and Futuretainment

APPARENTLY, POLITICS IN NIGERIA HAS BECOME THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY ANNEX.

Source: Linda Ikeji

Source: Linda Ikeji

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.

Source: Pexels

Source: Pexels

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.