Nigerian celebrities make an effort to be actively involved in politics and air their opinions about the situation in the country. The likes of Yul Edochie, Banky W, Innocent Idibia, Mercy johnson and so on. Most celebrities are dedicated to the cause of liberating fellow Nigerians who happen to be their fans from socio-political nepotism and economic depression. Some go out of their way to engineer and influence political awareness regarding their rights as citizens. Being that social media is a place for people to network, share knowledge and information; celebrities use this platform to communicate with fans and keep them braised with political issues.
MERCY JOHNSON OKOJIE:
Popular Nollywood actress, Mercy Johnson Okojie who is happily married to Prince Odianosen Okojie with 3children first got involved in politics in the year 2017. She was given political appointment by the governor of Kogi state, Yahaya Bello, as his senior special assistant on entertainment and Arts and Culture. She also supports her husband’s political ambition.
Legendary musician Innocent Idibia also known as 2face Idibia has had his share in Nigeria’s political terrain. He once invoked national outcry on the issues that concern people, especially the economy, spearheading a nationwide protest against the issue of inflation and naira devaluation, but was later canceled due to threats received by oppositions and the power that be. Although we have no news on his political ambitions.
Popular actor and son to veteran actor Pete Edochie are also one of our celebrities that have declared political intentions. On the 14 of July, Yul Edochie declared his intention to run for Governor of Anambra state. This declaration was made after the Bill ‘Not too Young to Run’ was passed.
Desmond Elliot, actor, film producer, and movie director is also on our list of celebrities who are involved in politics. He first disclosed his intentions in September 2014. To run for Lagos state house of assembly under the All Progressive Congress. He contested and won the Surulere Consistency in 2015, and was reelected in 2019.
Richard Mofe-Damijo an award-winning actor was once appointed as special adviser of Culture and Tourism to the then governor Emmanuel Uduaghan in 2008 and became the commissioner for the Culture and Tourism of Delta State, Nigeria in 2009. His tenure ended in 2015.
Olubankole Wellington popularly known by his stage name Banky W is a filmmaker, singer, rapper, actor, and musician. He started his political career in 2018 when he declared his intention to run for the Lagos Eti-Osa Federal Constituency seat in Nigeria’s House of Representatives under the platform of the Modern Democratic Party.