The 2023 general election in Nigeria is almost here, barring last-minute changes, the Independent National Election Commission (INEC) has set the presidential and National Assembly elections for February 25, while the elections for the Government Assembly and state are scheduled for March 11, 2023.
TheNewsGuru Lagos correspondent, Abimbola Fabunmi, brings you the list of celebrities who have ventured into politics ahead of the upcoming 2023 elections in the country.
Funke burst onto the movie scene in the early 2000s with the TV series I Need to Know where she played the role of a high school student. She played her role very well and hasn’t looked back since.
Her film, Jenifa and Omo Ghetto, brought her into the spotlight as it made her a force to be reckoned with in the film industry at home and abroad.
Funke has won many awards for the roles he plays in movies. His television series, Jenifa’s Diary, continues to dominate the airwaves to this very moment.
She joined politics a few years ago and has been elected as a candidate for deputy governor in the People’s Democratic Party in Lagos state.
He runs alongside his director, Abdul-Azeez Olajide Adediran, popularly known as Jandor. Both are in contention to file a joint ballot for the 2023 gubernatorial election in the state.
Another actor who has made a name for himself in the film industry is Kenneth Okonkwo. He is an actor, legal practitioner who rose to fame with the movie Living in Bondage filmed and released many years ago.
The actor was born and raised in Enugu State and has been one of the spokespersons for the Labor Party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi.
Okonkwo has brought his brilliance and wealth of experience to bear as a spokesman for Peter Obi. His delivery and knowledge of the rule of law is top notch.
Okonkwo’s disposition at work is of a good quality.
He could get a bigger political appointment if Peter Obi emerges as the country’s next president.
His real name is Olubankole Wellington and he is Lagosian through and through.
He is married to another wonderful and beautiful actress known as Adesuwa Etomi and they have been living happily together.
The singer-actor rose to the spotlight in the acting world with his amazing acting skills in the movie Wedding party, where he played the role of a groom with his partner Adesuwa.
Banky W has also delved into politics and has been awarded the ticket to run for the House of Representatives in the Eti-Osa area of Lagos State under the umbrella of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).
He also got a break in politics in 2019 when he ran for the House of Representatives in the same locality but under a different party, the Modern Democratic Party (MDP) for the Eti-Osa Federal House of Representatives, but lost.
The beautiful Nollywood actress Tonto Dikeh has also given politics a chance.
She is the candidate for lieutenant governor of the African Democratic Party in Rivers State and will run alongside its director, Tonte Ibraye.
Called to serve her country, Dikeh announced the nomination through her social media, where she shared her plans if she were elected to the position in the upcoming Rivers State gubernatorial election.
Nigerian actor, Femi Branch, known for his baritone voice in movies, has also found great success in politics.
The Ogun State-born actor has been named the running mate of Ogun State gubernatorial candidate Tofunmi Ogunronbi of the National Rescue Movement (NRM) ahead of the upcoming general election in the country.
Branch’s political party may not be very popular, but her foray into politics will open the ladder for her to move up her political journey.
NRM gubernatorial candidate in Ogun State, Dr. Tofunmi Ogunrombi, said he chose the Ogun-born actor as he believes he would add more value to his candidacy.
The NRM gubernatorial candidate said he chose the Ogun-born actor because he believes he would add more value to his candidacy.
Another handsome actor who has ventured into politics is Desmond Elliot. The Lagos-born actor has been twice elected to the Lagos State House of Assembly and is now running for another term.
Desmond represents the Surulere constituency in the Lagos State House of Assembly and hopes to make good on his promises in 2023.
His foray into politics has limited his appearance on television screens and theaters, Desmond really proved himself as an actor during his active days.
Another beautiful screen diva and actress, Hilda Dokunbo has also joined politics and will be running for the Federal House of Representatives in Asalga/Akulga Rivers Federal Constituency in the upcoming general elections in the country.
She is running under the umbrella of the Labor Party in the state.
She has vowed to serve diligently if elected and believes her Labor party will also do well overall in the country’s February 2023 general election.