Seyi Awolowo the former Big Brother Naija (BBNaija) housemate, says he might venture into politics.
The 33-year-old reality star is the grandson of Obafemi Awolowo.
Awolowo was a Nigerian nationalist and statesman who played a key role in Nigeria’s independence movement. He died peacefully in his hometown of Ikenne in Ogun state on May 9, 1987, at the age of 78.
Speaking on Channels TV’s ‘The Morning Brief’, Seyi revealed he is the 20th grandchild of Awolowo, adding that he may likely follow in his granddad’s political footsteps.
The reality star said with the situation of things in the country, he might be tempted to become a politician.
He disclosed that he would love to see his family “grow” in Nigeria and enjoy the full privileges of being a Nigerian.
“To be honest I would have loved not to get into politics but with the way it seems in the country, it is as if I might have to. I would not lie, I would just have liked to enjoy and be on the backbone of entertainment,” he said.
“I mean I have a family that I am looking forward to growing in this country, I am not trying to ‘japa’. I want to experience Nigeria, let them experience Nigeria the way I experienced Nigeria.
“You know being able to enjoy the full 36 states, go anywhere you want to, interact with any kind of tribe, or interact with anybody. Just be a Nigerian in your country and not be limited to certain conditions and policies that can change at any time in another man’s country.”
The entrepreneur also spoke about society’s expectations of him as a result of being “Awolowo’s child”.
He said people questioned his journey into showbiz, adding that he did not need it because “they (Awolowos) have worked for you”.
“It has been a normal thing for me since I was a child. People were always telling me that as an Awolowo child, this is how I was supposed to be, that I was always supposed to read books like my grandfather. A lot of older people always said that to me,” he said.
“Then coming to the entertainment space, people were asking what are you doing here? They have worked for you, you do not need this. But I need to define my own self, my own name, it is my own journey because in my own home we were told that we had really huge shoes to fill.”
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