Nollywood veteran actor and special adviser to Anambra state Governor on Nollywood and Entertainment, Bob Manuel-Udokwu will be vying for a seat in the Anambra state House of Assembly come 2015. He revealed this in a recent interview with Encomium Magazine:
“I have been in politics since I was given the role of the special adviser on Nollywood and Entertainment in Anambra state under the leadership of this present administration. If you mean I am contesting for a post in the Anambra state House of Assembly, Yes I am interested in vying for a political position in 2015 general elections in Anambra state House of Assembly to represent Idemili North Constituency 1. I want to go to the grassroots”.
The Gulder Ultimate Search anchor believes it is a good thing that Nigerian entertainers are beginning to venture into politics and he wonders why eyebrows are being raised in some quarters about that:
“People ask that a lot. Why are people raising eyebrow on it. A lot of people from other sectors have also gone into politics. There shouldn’t be an exception. In the US, a lot of entertainers are into politics. Why are journalist always asking this question? We are often called political actors. I don’t see anything wrong in entertainers going into politics. I am proud I put Nigeria on the world map as an actor. There is nothing bad in it if I do that in politics as well”.
When asked how he would sponsor his political ambition, he responded like a real politician. Here’s what he said:
“Even when you shoot a movie, you need money for it as well. For me, it is not about the financial implication, it is the end result. We need to give hope to younger people. Let those who are sane, people who have been tested go in. I have been tested in the industry, I believe I am up to the task. Money has a role no doubt but we should not forget the end result” .