[media-credit id=1 align=”aligncenter” width=”480″][/media-credit]As we move closer to an election period, we’ve seen a number of popular musicians and Nollywood stars move towards the political scene. We’ve had some notable figures like Kate Henshaw and Desmond Elliot and most recent, Tony Tetuila. As much of a buzz as their declarations generated, the fact is that they are not the first entertainment stars to go for public office or a government post; RMD readily comes to mind. Most of us have often wondered just why these stars will trade their lives of fame and celebrity endorsements for a life of fame and well…whatever goes along with public offices. Nollywood veteran, Clarion Chukwurah has given us an answer and she says it’s because of the money.
[media-credit id=1 align=”aligncenter” width=”480″][/media-credit] The Nollywood veteran made some comments in a Punch newspaper interview which we’ve quoted below:
“The motive of those who are embracing partisan politics is purely monetary. Let us call a spade a spade. If you tell me that you want to go into politics to serve the people, I would want to look at your record first.
“I want to see what you have done to better the lives of the people in your immediate community. How many boreholes have you sunk in the community? How many hours of community service have you given for free over the last four or five years? How well are you known as somebody who yearns for improvement in social development?”
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She does have a point about the community service and the track record of the aspirants. But do you think she’s right about artistes going into politics for money?