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He’s our benefactor, Jide Kosoko speaks on actors’ support for Tinubu

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The veteran actor said he has a relationship with Tinubu that dates back to years ago.

Veteran Nollywood actor, Prince Jide Kosoko, has explained why he and some of his colleagues of Yoruba extraction have decided to throw their weights behind the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, for the presidency next year.

Recall that the actors, which also included Adebayo Salami (Oga Bello), Yinka Quadri and Funke Daramola-Salako, were subjected to derision and condemnation by many Nigerians on social media after a video of them endorsing Tinubu for president emerged.

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The aggrieved Nigerians were of the opinion that celebrity should not use their influence and star power to propagate any politicians.

Reacting to the backlash from the public, Kosoko told Saturday Beats in an exclusive interview that the support was a payback to Tinubu for what he had done for the movie industry.

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He said, “Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is not just a leader of note, he is a father figure and benefactor.

“I have benefited from him and his wife. As a matter of fact, I have had a relationship with his family for a long time. He is a focused leader; a leader of all leaders.

“He has personally developed many people in our industry, especially those that had health challenges. For example, when actress, Moji Olaiya, died in Canada, he was responsible for everything that had to with transporting her body back home.

“If you observe his wife, you will see that she is a very quiet woman that does a lot for people. I know the number of sick people (in the industry) that she has also sent money to.

“The film industry has enjoyed Tinubu, as he was the first person to give us several hectares of land in Badagry to construct a film village.

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“The succeeding administration gave us reasons the place was not conducive enough, and immediately, an effort was made to give us another place in Epe.”

Kosoko also revealed that the former Lagos State Governor had always shown interest in the film industry by fostering unity in the leadership of associations in the industry.

Speaking on if practitioners in the film industry would be able to speak truth to power in the future, considering that they had publicly endorsed a particular candidate, he said, “If we ‘romance’ politicians as some people say and we are bold enough to tell them the truth through our productions, is there anything wrong with that?

“Are celebrities the only ones that embrace politicians? Don’t we have engineers, lawyers and other professionals moving with them? Does being a celebrity mean one is no longer Nigerian and that one does not have the right to one’s opinions?”

Meanwhile, the thespian advised the Nigerian youths to participate in the upcoming elections by first getting their permanent voter’s card.

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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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