Empire Mates Entertainment (EME) Boss, Banky W, has joined the list of the many Nollywood stars who have veered into mainstream politics.
The “Lagos Party” crooner declared his intention to run for a seat in the Federal House of Representatives under the umbrella of the Modern Democratic Party at the party’s convention in Lagos. He said
“It is with the greatest sense of humility, purpose and destiny that I humbly announce to run for the 2019 Federal House of Representatives. I am under no illusions that this run will be easy considering who we are going up against, this is almost impossible.”
— Banky W
He expressed determination to run even though the odds may seem against hi, adding that he has always been a dreamer and go-getter, and this will not be different.
“You see, my entire life has been a story of just dreaming dreams, praying about those dreams, setting goals and working until they come true. I can live with trying and failing, I can’t live with not trying. They said we don’t have the money to run, we say our strength lies in our numbers, they said we don’t have the structure, we say we will attempt to build it, they said ‘what if you lose’? I say what if we win?
“So while we may not have a godfather we do have God, vision, intellectual capacity, integrity, right intentions and last but not least, a whole lot of ‘Hope’. At the end of the day, ‘Hope’ may be all we have, but I believe it is all we need.”
— Banky W
On his reason for choosing to run as representative for EtiOsa, the celebrated singer said that they are was home to some of the richest Nigerians, therefore it is key to the nations progress if well handled.
“Eti Osa houses many rich people in Nigeria, therefore for Nigeria to work Eti Osa must work. We want to fix Nigeria, but we must begin by fixing our communities. Our generation needs a realistic rallying point, we need to begin in communities, earn our way into the system and up the ladder.”
Other Nollywood stars who have joined politics include Desmond Elliot, who is currently a member of the Lagos state house of assembly, Kanayo O. Kanayo, Shinna Peller, Bom Manuel, and Tony One Week.
Source: Vanguard NG