Lancelot Imasuen, the film director, has lauded entertainers who have ventured into politics.
In an interview with HipTV, Imaseun said entertainers have an in-depth understanding of society.
The filmmaker said this makes them viable candidates for leadership positions.
“It’s very Beautiful. Well encouraged. Funke Akindele, Desmond Elliot, Kenneth Okonkwo, Banky W, and all of them play significant roles in their various parties and affiliations. It’s beautiful,” he said.
“You can’t give what you don’t have. But for somebody to sit back and script a story that makes people laugh or cry, we understand society. I’m a great encourager of artistes and comedians [going into politics].
“They are the soul of society. I commend them and wish them luck. 2023 is our life. The soul of Nigeria [depends on] 2023.
“I enjoin [Nigerians] to go out, do their best, vote their conscience, and form the country that they want to have.
“Don’t be intimidated. Look at all the political actors craving your votes and let your conscience guide you. Let’s make Nigeria great again.”
It’s the electioneering season in Nigeria and many entertainers have been playing an active role in politicking.
Some others, including actors and music personalities, have vied or are actively vying for public offices.
The actress Funke Akindele is contesting in the Lagos governorship election.
Also, the music producer Banky W contested and won the Eti-Osa federal constituency primary ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the 2023 general election.
In June, Tonto Dikeh, another actress, was nominated as a running mate to Tonte Ibraye, the governorship candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) in Rivers state.
Femi Branch, the actor, was similarly named the running mate to Tofunmi Ogunronbi, the 2023 governorship candidate of the National Rescue Movement (NRM) in Ogun state.
Some others are the actor Desmond Elliot, the actress Caroline Danjuma, and the reality TV star Tuoyo Ideh.
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