Akah Nnani, Nigerian actor, has enjoined his colleagues in the entertainment industry to turn down money from politicians ahead of the 2023 elections.
In an Instagram post on Friday, the actor said celebrities “must act with purpose and be burdened with posterity.”
Nnani also urged entertainers to be careful with their actions as the election year closes in.
According to him, any celebrity who prays at a political event or sing for a politician has endorsed such candidate.
“If you pray at a political event or you sing for a politician, you have endorsed that candidate. As public figures/entertainers, we don’t have the luxury of taking our image or work lightly,” he wrote.
“Not now. We must act with purpose and be burdened with posterity. Let’s walk the talk.”
Nnani also called on his colleagues to make their stance known and be consistent with such position.
“We have to start choosing sides now.
This is a public announcement to all but especially to my fellow colleagues,” he added.
“It’s not by screaming about what’s wrong with the country when it’s convenient. It’s hard sometimes but you have to turn down that money. We already know who our enemies are.
“From now, you have to decide on whose side you are on. Are you for the people or are you for the old systems?
“It’s that simple. Are you for the money? Are you for the generation that has failed us time and time again? And dealt wickedly with is during the protests?
“Or are you about looking for alternatives and the new generation and using your platform and the gift of influence that you have to spread hope for a better future? Answer these questions now and choose your side. But whatever you choose, stay consistent.”
His comment comes a few days after Timi Dakolo came under fire for performing at the presidential declaration of Atiku Abubakar, former vice-president.
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