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Entertainers Turned Politicians: An Actor, Two Musicians…

Sophie Kamya | Mail & Guardian   in  ·
May 3, 2015

ONE of Nollywood’s leading actors, Desmond Elliot, was elected to the Lagos State House Assembly in the April 11th Parliamentary elections.

The Nigerian actor who has starred in at least 200 films and series including Saints and Sinners and Behind Closed Doors and also co-produced and directed several others, is a member of incoming President Muhammadu Buhari’s party, the All Progressives’ Congress (APC).

He will represent Surulere Constituency I after defeating closest rival Bayo Smith of the outgoing People’s Democratic Party (PDP) by 23,141 votes to 12,546.

This is not the first time entertainers have put the arts on hold to dip into politics.

Rochereau, Tshala and N’Dour

In July 2000, then Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) president Laurent-Desire Kabila appointed two of the country’s top musicians to the 300-member National Assembly; late rumba king Tabu Ley Rochereau and Tshala Muana, known for her colourful costumes and seductive dance moves (often with her intimate bits showing through her high-slit dresses), to serve as cultural deputies.

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