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Veteran actor, Zack Orji, has said he is not prepared to join politics in 2015 while not ruling out the likelihood of contesting a political office in no distant time. Some Nollywood actors and actresses including musicians have decided to contest elective positions in the next general elections.
Orji, who spoke with Arts Dome, said his colleagues were exercising their constitutional rights to vote and be voted for by joining politics. He expressed confidence that they would make a change if allowed to serve.
He said, ‘‘I have not given it a thought to go into politics. It is not what I have to give a thought now. But who knows what may happen tomorrow. Constitutionally, my colleagues have a right to vote and be voted for. They are Nigerians. I also know that they will make a change if they are given the chance to serve.’’
Besides, the role interpreter stated that the entertainers’ desire to join politics would not in any way affect the fortunes of the industry. He stated that having distinguished themselves in their chosen profession, the performers saw the need to contribute their quota to the country’s development by taking part in politics.
He also said the phase could not be described as a ‘mass exodus’ of entertainers to politics.
‘‘The development is not a mass exodus of Nollywood actors and actresses to politics. It is just that those who have shown interest in 2015 elections are some of those who have been playing active roles in Nollywood. But the number is still intangible when one takes into account the talents that abound in the industry,’’ he added.
Nollywood stars such as Kate Henshaw, Desmond Elliot, singer Abolore Akande (9ice), including showbiz personality, Dayo Adeneye among others are currently eyeing elective positions in 2015.