The Nigerian entertainment industry is no doubt one of the biggest and most successful in Africa. With numerous internationally-recognized Nigerian celebrities, it comes as no surprise that many people struggle to get to the top in the industry.
While it is the norm to see celebrities switch career lanes albeit still in showbiz - music to movies, comedy to movies and of course, movies to music - there are only a few entertainers who have taken the risk of delving into politics.
Over the years, we've seen celebrities run for public offices and lend their voices towards moving the country forward.
Today, October 1, 2020, marks Nigeria's 60th Independence Day anniversary and many Nigerians have taken to social media to share reasons why the country shouldn't be celebrated.
This article, however, is focused on celebrating Nigerian celebrities who took a bold step from entertaining us on screen, to run for public office in order to effect change in their various communities and states.
Below are 5 Nigerian celebrities who have delved into politics:
1, Banky W
Banky W known for his amazing talent as a singer, impressed a lot of fans when he got into acting and excelled as well.
Banky W who is very passionate about the country, stepped out of his comfort zone to go into politics.
On 11 November 2018, Banky W declared his intention to run for the Lagos' Eti-Osa Federal Constituency seat in Nigeria's House of Representatives, representing on the platform of Modern Democratic Party, formed in 2017.
He lost the Constituency Elections to Babajide Obanikoro of the All Progressive Congress.
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2, Yul Edochie
Nollywood actor, Yul Edochie, is another film star who is passionate about the country and the way forward.
Yul who is the son of veteran actor, Pete Edochie, proved he was just as passionate about entertainment as he was about making Nigeria better.
On 14 July 2017, Yul Edochie declared his intention run for governor of Anambra State.
The declaration was however made official on the 22 of August 2017, when he picked up the nomination form of the political party, Democratic Peoples Congress and was eventually the flag bearer and gubernatorial candidate of the party to run for governor of the state.
He, however, lost to Willie Obiano of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA.
3, Kate Henshaw
Seasoned Nollywood actress, Kate Henshaw, is one lady whose deep understanding of script interpretation has earned her the love and admiration of many Nollywood movie lovers.
In 2014, the actress took a step out of filmmaking to go into politics. She declared her intention to run for the House of Representative for Calabar South.
She, however, lost and has since returned to movie making.
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4, Desmond Elliot
The actor and filmmaker's transition into politics left many people surprised but also very supportive.
In September 2014, Elliot declared his intentions to run for Lagos State House of Assembly under the All Progressives Congress. He contested and won the Surulere Constituency in the 11 April 2015 Nigerian General Elections.
Ever since, the movie star has continued to juggle politics and movie making. While he keeps fans entertained on screen, he is doing well to effect positive change in the community he represents.
5, Richard Mofe-Damijo
RMD, as he is popularly called, is one talented and seasoned actor who continues to age like fine wine. His acting prowess earned him the love of many so much that in 2008, he was appointed as the Special Adviser of Culture and Tourism to the then Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan.
The Wedding Party star then became the commissioner for the Culture and Tourism of Delta State, Nigeria in 2009. His tenure ended in 2015
In other news, popular singer, Ayodeji Balogun aka Wizkid has joined other citizens in the country to celebrate as Nigeria clocks the age of 60.
The singer during an interview with Arise TV celebrated the Independence Day and also noted that no matter how much people talk ill of the country, it can never change anything.