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We made mistake endorsing presidential candidate in 2019 – Nollywood actors

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The President of Actors Guild of Nigeria, Emeka Rollas, has revealed how the association made mistake during the 2019 presidential election by endorsing and rallying behind a candidate.

Rollas, a veteran filmmaker, director and actor who is famous for featuring in blockbuster movies like Beyond Reason (2004) and Last Warning 2 (2002), said this during a live chat with the Daily Trust on Sunday.

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He shared his thoughts about the dynamics of the nation’s 2023 presidential election and how it could affect the country’s film industry, Nollywood.

He said Actors Guild of Nigeria, which is an umbrella union that regulates and represents the affairs of film actors in Nigeria, had learnt some lessons from the last presidential election and would try not to repeat same as 2023 elections approach.

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He added that the association, which has members across the 36 states of the federation, would only support a candidate who has plans for establishing the Ministry of Nollywood.

Rollas said, “First of all, as an individual, you retain your right to support whatever politician you want to support. But it becomes a joke taken too far when you see more than one actor or group of actors coming together to say we are standing for somebody. That means you’re infringing on the Actors Guild of Nigeria, which is an association of actors.

“So literally, we have told members anywhere you see more than one actor, you’re no longer allowed to operate within any other name. When it comes to politics, we must know as actors that we are influencers and people follow us a whole lot. We are role models, so we must try as much as possible to find out what are the ideologies of persons or parties that we are trying to endorse.

“And then as Actors Guild of Nigeria, we don’t want to go back to the same mistake we made in 2019 where we put all our eggs in one basket. You see group of actors, almost all under the umbrella of our guild supporting a particular candidate and then it so happened that when that candidate didn’t make it to the presidency, it now looked like the Actors Guild of Nigeria was partisan or was a member of that party.

“So now we’ve told our members to be sure… I’ve also said it clearly in other fora that the only presidential aspirant whether in the APC or PDP or any other party that’s not willing or is not able to provide for us Ministry of Nollywood in the coming dispensation would of course not be part of those we will be standing for.”

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Hilda Dokubo seeks House of Reps seat under Labour Party

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Nigerian award-winning film actress, Hilda Dokubo has declared her interest to contest for the position of Asalga/Akulga federal constituency in the House of Representatives under the platform of Labour Party (LP).

The actress has also reiterated her support for the Labour Party’s presidential candidate Peter Obi.

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The 52-year-old took to her Instagram page with her campaign poster that showed she is running for a seat in the Asalga/Akulga constituency in the Federal House of Representatives.

She wrote, “My dear people, I write to apply… Yours OBIdiently.”

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Dokubo has been very open about her support for Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party.

She participated in a street rally in Port Harcourt together with the youths in support of Obi’s candidacy.

 

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Yoruba Actor Muka Ray Becomes SSA on Culture & Tourism to Kwara State Gov Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq

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Veteran Yoruba actor Muka Ray has landed a political role with the Kwara state government led by Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazak Muka Ray, an indigene of Kwara state, bagged an appointment as the Senior Special Assistant on Culture and Tourism The actor, who hails from Irepodun Local Government area of Kwara state, is popular for his roles in a number of Yoruba movies.

Popular Yoruba actor Eyiwumi Muka Aramide better known as Muka Ray, has been appointed as the Senior Special Assistant on Culture and Tourism in Kwara state by Governor Abdulrahman Abddulrazaq. The state government made this public through a statement on its official Twitter account.

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Muka Ray, a native of Irepodun Local Government area of Kwara state, has joined the list of Nollywood actors who have bagged political appointments.

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2023: Actor, Nkem Owoh breaks silence on claims he rejected N10 million to endorse Tinubu

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Veteran Nollywood actor, Nkem Owoh also known as Osuofia, has broken his silence on viral claim that he rejected N10 million to support the presidential flagbearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, in the 2023 general elections.

News spread like wild fire over the weekend that the thespian allegedly rejected the offer and said N10 million cannot buy his endorsement because 2023 is very critical for the collective good of all Nigerians.

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It was alleged that Osuofia was initially offered the “usual N5 million” to endorse the presidential aspirant but he turned it down. They then doubled the offer but he still rejected it.

Shortly after the alleged report surfaced online, several Nollywood stars including Zack Orji, Benedict Johnson and others came out to endorse Tinubu as their choice candidate.

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Well, Sahara Reporters reached out to Nkem Owoh to confirm or deny the claims he rejected N10 million but the actor refused to comment on the issue.

“I don’t want to confirm it, I am not interested in politics,” he told the news outfit on Tuesday afternoon.

Meanwhile, days after veteran Nollywood actor, Zack Orji, declared support for the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, netizens have dug out an old video of him asking that the 2023 presidency be zoned out to South-East. Watch here

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