Political Endorsements by Nigerian Celebrities – Way Forward or Selling Out?

The 2011 Nigeria General Elections is definitely a landmark election for the country. With the increased relevance and influence of Nigerian celebrities along with the rise of social media and online portals including Twitter, Youtube, Facebook and Nairaland; politicians and their supporters are well aware of the potential positive impact and on the flipside, backlash that can spread via these forums.

After the postponements this past weekend, the elections will kickoff on the 9th of April 2011. One factor that is inspiring major debate is the endorsement of political candidates by Nigerian celebrities.

D’banj is perhaps the most famous example. The superstar musician interviewed the current President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, presidential candidate for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in March 2011. In addition, a previously announced non-partisan voters campaign lead by D’banj – “Our Time” was converted into a Pro-Jonathan campaign. This led to feverish online and offline debate and a rebuttal from Nigerian artiste/producer eLDee – The Politics of “Our Time” (Click to Read).

A few hours ago, a campaign/endorsement video featuring Olu Jacobs, Monalisa Chinda, Genevieve Nnaji, Ini Edo, Ramsey Nouah, Desmond Elliot and Stephanie Okereke surfaced online.
The video was posted on various sites across the internet – This inspired even more feverish debate. The video was subsequently removed from Youtube but has now been reuploaded by a third party.

In Lagos State, several Nigerian celebrities have voiced their support for various candidates with the majority endorsing current Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola. A concert tagged “My City Rocks” took place in March 2011. According to an article on the BRF campaign website,

Different artists including P-Square, Sunny Neji, DJ Zeez, Peace and Saheed Osupa performed to the thrilled large crowd that turned out at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in support of Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola and the Action Congress of Nigeria. Other musicians who performed at the event included, Tuface, Banky W, WizKid, Darey, Weird MC and 9ice. Also there were comedians like Basketmouth, Seyi Law and Princess. Click HERE to read the complete article on the BRF website.

Last week, musician Kelly Hansome released a song titled “Say Yes to Amaechi” in support of Rivers State Governor and incumbent candidate, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi.

In Nigeria, with the state of the educational system, an outsider will be shocked by the reasons why the average person chooses their preferred candidate. That is, an endorsement by their favourite celebrity is definitely a potent tool to compel many people to vote for a political candidate.

In the US, Oprah Winfrey famously endorsed Barack Obama. This was met with both positivity and backlash from some quarters.
In the end, she stuck to her conviction and constantly enforced the reasons why she chose that candidate.

Based on the feedback received from BellaNaija readers, there is a major difference in the approach towards political endorsements in Nigeria, the following points have been raised.

Genuine Conviction:
Several Nigerian celebrities who have endorsed politicians have not shared reasons for doing so. The power and efficacy of these endorsements will definitely be amplified and legitimized when supported by clear points and reasons.

Integrity:
Another issue that arises is integrity of the endorsements, rumours of cash payments are rife, so another question is, how can we trust your endorsement if you have received an undeclared gift or cash.

Transparency:
With issues such as partisan campaigns masking as nonpartisan campaigns arising. This lack of transparency is one of the reasons mentioned for questioning the legitimacy of these celebrity political endorsements.

We encourage our celebrities to use the power of their position to help drive our country forward. However, without positive values such as integrity and transparency, the power and relevance of these campaigns is negated.

You Tell Us - Political Endorsements by Nigerian Celebrities – Way Forward or Selling Out?

Check out the Goodluck Jonathan endorsement video and other celebrity endorsements.

2011 Nigeria General Election – Celebrity Endorsements

D’banj with President Goodluck Jonathan

Olu Jacobs – Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Ad

Stephanie Okereke – Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Ad

Desmond Elliot – Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Ad

Genevieve Nnaji – Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Ad

Monalisa Chinda – Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Ad

Ini Edo – Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Ad

Ramsey Nouah – Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Ad

“We Stand United” Ad by Nollywood celebrities for Goodluck Jonathan

Kelly Hansome – Say Yes to Amaechi 2011

9ice at the My City Rocks Concert for Fashola

Goodluck Jonathan “I Believe in Goodluck” campaign music video featuring Francis Duru, Femi Brainard, Tony Umez, Ngozi Nwosu, Ufuoma Ejenobor, Annie Macaulay, Ebube Nwagbo, Desmond Elliot, Benita Nzeribe, Yemi Blaq, Ejike Asiegbu, Uche Iwuji, Uche Ogbodo, Nonso Diobi and several others.

 



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159 Comments on Political Endorsements by Nigerian Celebrities – Way Forward or Selling Out?
  • Lady Jaye April 4, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    First!!!!

    Na their own problem. It is their choice to support a candidate and theirs to offer a public endorsement or not. it is their right as citizens. as for the getting paid to do so bit… your guess is as good as mine

  • Jayla April 4, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Oh the comments with be interesting. *grabs popcorn & zobo*

    • Jayla April 4, 2011 at 5:40 pm

      *will*

    • dami April 4, 2011 at 9:07 pm

      lmaaaaaaaaaoooooooo….abeg u get estra cup….i wan zib sobo too….

      • Roli April 6, 2011 at 5:06 pm

        hahahahahahahhahahahaaaaaaaaaaaa

    • mii April 5, 2011 at 3:19 pm

      im booking a seat beside you

    • Sobe April 5, 2011 at 5:18 pm

      correct make i join u

  • Someone April 4, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Nice article

  • Kerosene April 4, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    haha…

  • Naijafairy April 4, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    The goal of a political campaign is to persuade people to vote for you. PERSUASION! That video was persuasive. Period. Those celebrities are not running for office, lets be very clear and not sentimental. This happens everywhere in the world, when obama was campaigning lots of celebrities believed in his cause and held fundraiders for him, they had videos like this too “Hollywood for Obama”. This is not unethical, at least i don’t think, what will be unethical is if any of them gained some sort of political post for doing this.

    • Babs April 4, 2011 at 5:56 pm

      The issue isnt about the ethics.
      With Hollywood, it was the actors/artistes giving out and organising fundraisers (putting their money where their coviction is) but in this case it is a case of putting their conviction where the money is (aka deepest pocket of them all, PDP)

      Really, it is just a reflection of how we all are as a collective.

      • Noni April 6, 2011 at 2:01 pm

        Sad but so true Babs

    • SMH April 4, 2011 at 5:57 pm

      Political harlots if they cannot come up with reasons except money to sell there vote out. If all they care about is themselves then I hate them all. See Sam Okposo now driving a range just a few days after being paid off by GEJ campaign. Francis Duru collected 30 million naira and was paying people to show up to GEJ rally. It is a shaaaaaame and it just goes to show that nobody should look up to these harlots. For goodness sake, I covered the ACN dinner last night and Monalisa Chinda received gifts for showing up there. Where is the principle? These stars should have pushed Jonathan to attend the debates to tell us WHAT ABOUT US but they preferred to collect money. All Stephanie cares about is another major contract once Jonathan gets into power. WHAT ABOUT US the young people of Nigeria

      • eMJOY Mayowa April 5, 2011 at 1:16 am

        good one.

      • Pinkfunky April 5, 2011 at 7:41 pm

        Well said !!! Where are others who are not knowed as in market traders, fishermen or ordinary Nigerian citizens etc. Just because of what they have been offered they are all saying rubbish, may God help our youths and so called elders.

    • FumzyO April 4, 2011 at 6:13 pm

      Naijafairy. You hit the nail in the head, my thoughts exactly!!!!

    • sola April 5, 2011 at 9:11 am

      How is it persuasive……genevieve says “i just want him back” another says “i dont care what language he speaks”. Pray tell how this is persuasive??? I saw Stephanie at a campaigne rally on tv and her reason for “persuading” us to vote for GEJ was because he and his wife visited her at d hospital when she had her accident. NEWSFLASH, he hasnt visited me or anyone i know….so i need another reason!

      • Ready April 5, 2011 at 11:43 pm

        Lol….good point, Sola. I don’t give a Boeing 747 – if he visited her in the hospital. His fondness of her or decision to use her as a political pawn does not mean a thing to me. Maybe he’s nice…or he just likes hospitals, whichever way, I frankly don’t give a crap. Those things she listed do not make him a good candidate for the presidency, and that is all that matters.

    • kecy April 8, 2011 at 9:19 pm

      point of correction , this is not PERSUASION, it is PROPAGANDA and the PROPAGANDA TECHNIQUE used here is called TESTIMONIAL (i.e using celebrities or known faces, with the believe that their followers or fans will be drawn to you or your product because their stars endorse you), i am a Master of Communications & PR Graduate, it is easy to mistake propaganda and persuasion….propaganda is an extreme form of communication most people wont question the reasons behind why their celebrities are rooting for something , they just tag along and there in lies the danger because it leaves you no time to think or weigh the odds for your self. thats what advertising is made up of generally either politically or commercially.

    • kecy April 8, 2011 at 9:40 pm

      Point of correction , this is not PERSUASION, it is PROPAGANDA and the PROPAGANDA TECHNIQUE used here is called TESTIMONIAL (i.e using celebrities or known faces, with the believe that their followers or fans will be drawn to you or your product because their stars endorse you), i am a Master of Communications & PR Graduate, it is easy to mistake propaganda and persuasion….propaganda is an extreme form of communication most people wont question the reasons behind why their celebrities are rooting for something , they just tag along and there in lies the danger because it leaves you no time to think or weigh the odds for your self. thats what advertising is made up of generally either politically or commercially.
      what are the reasons behind wanting Jonathan back, trust me they may not give you a tangible reason, in the case of Obama celebrities especially blacks came up with strong reasons why they wanted Obama, with PERSUASION Jonathan doesnt need to go to this extent. Dont get me wrong there is nothing wrong with using celebrities but its more like a trick to get in the hearts of their fans. they are all actors , they are paid to make you believe every word they say behind the camera. Someone will sit down and say “Ah if a whole Olu Jacobs can endorse Jonathan, that means he is the right man” and they wont bother to question why baba Olu chose to stand for Jona and bammmm slowly but surely for those who can not read in between the lines they start to change their beliefs or their initial position. Not all Propagandas are bad cause, There is White, Black and Grey Propaganda. For me just wanting him back according to Miss Genny is not a SOLID enough reason for me to want to entrust my next 4years in his care, too bad im kinda too schooled to be fooled…..we want facts not acting!

  • buki April 4, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    Going through this video, all that came to mind was ‘he who pays the piper dictates the tune’… if those we look up to as stars and celebrities come to d limelight to stand up for one man without giving us reasons why he should come back or looking critically at the issues on ground; the economy, the joblessness of their peers, the extremely bad and disgraceful roads, dwindling and crumpling factories, integrity issues… and everything else that that we need answers to… its sickening and Im tempted to lump all of them together… tell me, what’s d difference btw these guys and all d PDP corrupt front liners who lie to us, see us suffer yet feed fat?… A political endorsement should be positive, full of promise and hope not shallow ans disgraceful… if our celebrities want to be taken seriously, they shd act in truth and sincerely represent the fans who root for them and made them celebrities in the first place… God Bless my country, Nigeria!

    • dhoney April 5, 2011 at 10:12 pm

      God bless you Bukky.You can see the way an average youth think in Naija.I personally don`t belong to any party but will want GEJ to come out and tell us what PDP has done in 12yrs and what he intends to do to consolidate on those achievements.It`s crazy that an Incumbent is still promising us good roads,water,power …..then what the hell have they been doing.? Our celeberities are just shelfish,they don`t care about the poor kids/youths suffering on the street..! A real shame!

  • dayo April 4, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    @Naijafairy. Fine we agree it persuasive, but when we begin to get money involved, then it becomes a sellout. $200MIL to Nollywood in the name of what? 10m to dbanj just for silly interview at whose cost?, lets look @ these issues well. And to correct you there was nothing like Hollywood for obama, the whole industry did not come out to declare support for him,m it was only a few of them. Ansd they were not paid to do so unlike our so called Nollywood

    • Stand up and vote! April 4, 2011 at 10:45 pm

      correction!!!!! GEJ gave the entertainment INDUSTRY….I REPEAT! THE INDUSTRY 200million dollars to develop it. he didnt give it to the actors and actresses individually. they are only saying who they support thats it.

    • **side eye** April 14, 2011 at 5:22 pm

      Who told you they were not paid? America loves it’s own unlike Nigeria.What if he truly is their candidate? Did it ever occur to you? Just because he isn’t yours doesn’t give you the right to condemn someone else for their choice! And to all those saying they should have given concrete reason, really? did they do the scripts? Are they the campaign media arm for GEJ? You people should lay off Nigerian celebrities. I have seen all the campaign propaganda but I still wont vote GEJ. I am not a sheep, I think for myself. On those who are raking about them not caring about the kids on the street, do you? In what way have you made a difference? or is that only for celebrities? Mschww always looking for avenues to spew your bile. Lastly, many of you would collect a fraction of what they were paid(if they were paid) to strip naked and rally for GEJ on the streets.

  • Tiki April 4, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    I’m only Nigerian by association, but i think celebrity endorsement of political candidates is their civic right. Indeed they may receive an incentive or outright payment for their work, but this does not necessarily mean they are misleading people…After all they are indeed celebrities and their faces and voices shall lend wider viewing to any ad they participate in. However, their status is two-faced…celebrities should also be aware that with a bigger platform, comes bigger responsibility-they owe it to their fans and their country to back a candidate they believe in, with the best visions for the country as a whole. If this is not the principal motive of their backing, they are no different from the quarter head, or chief, who convinces his subjects to vote coz he has gotten a new car and they will get bags of rice. edorsements are a sharp, two-edged sword…i propose that media houses interview these celebrities on their reasons for involvement…this will be the easiest way of discerning opportunists from patriots.

    • SMH April 4, 2011 at 6:16 pm

      They will now go and prepare to answer. If they had any good reason to back him up, you would have seen it in the advert.
      Dbanj is unholy and perverted and what do you expect – he can drive his big car over the potholes leading to his mother’s home. May God punish these people severely if they received money to sell us out.

  • nich April 4, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    Yes they came out and endorsed a candidate….but look at at from the other perspective….this stars have suffered the pain of ordinary nigerians ……they have traveled out and seen what the other side looks like………they need help themselves and this is why many of their fans would follow them to vote the person they endorse…….

    This president has had meeting with virtually every interest groups in nigeria including the muslims and christians which has never happened before in our history…..for a sitting president to eat on the same table with young men and women who are the most important in any nation…..it also shows that they are united……they are also letting our politicians know that this is the age of the youth affair where the youths cannot be neglected. For the fact that they are all very young is a statement.

    i do not believe they received gift from him….other politicians can also give them a bigger gift….He promised to give the nollywood industry and music industry $200 million. surlely this would help them in rebranding our nation…….no industry in nigeria till date has tried to help our youths and not even the government has helped our image more than nollywood.

    although i know that jonathan may not fight corruption in his time because he looks weak to do that….i believe he would begin the journey for a better future for nigerians….

    • Deborah Spence April 6, 2011 at 1:17 pm

      my brother, you have said it. so, lets keep our fingers crossed and see what happens after all kind of yammern!! spence

  • dlapikin April 4, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    @ Tiki:
    Who said there was nothing like hollywood for Obama?
    Obama had people like Jay-Z, Jennifer hudson, Oprah, Zachary Quinto from Startrek and Heroes, Hill Harper, Gwyneth Palthrow on his campaign trail.. George Clooney even had fundraisers for him! Tarantino, Douglas and Zeta Jones, Susan Sarandon, Spike lee , wyclef were out there doing the obama rock and you say there was not such a thing?
    What are you saying there was nothing like Hollywood for Obama? You gotta be kidding me.
    Borderline, GED gave $200 millions to nollywood in fundings, that alone should suffice to justify its member supporting him given that before him no nigerian president had offered them this type of grant. I see it in the US everyday, an union running an add for a candidate because he proposes a project that favors their trade or their agenda. Now on an individual level, they are entitled to their political opinion and to campaign if they wish, it is also their right!

    • eMJOY Mayowa April 5, 2011 at 1:23 am

      @dlapikin, it is not that there was no hollywood for Obama, wot was sed was that they were not paid by Obama to endorse Obama unlike wot we have in Nigeria’s case. Go and check the facts then return. Don’t sell your convictions and integrity for money! As in.. GBAM!

      • Naijafairy April 5, 2011 at 7:16 pm

        And you know our celebrities were paid though right? You have proof, do u have proof, the celebds for obama werent paid?

      • Edo boy April 6, 2011 at 5:34 pm

        @eMJOY Mayowa stop exposing your ignorance in public, the money Goodluck gave to nollywood is not for individuals but for the industry, which proof have you got to show that he paid this actors to do this advert, our problem in Nigeria is that will dwell in rumours and insinuations, please show me any proof that the actors received money from the president rumour monger

  • say it as it is April 4, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    I don’t have a problem with celebs supporting a candidate openly as is done in developed countries.The issue with these ones in naija is that they collect taxpayers money to “support” the president . In a country where i see helpless babies dying in the hospital daily because there’s no electricity for the incubators to work,policemen collecting bribes from poor bus drivers because their salaries haven’t been paid,computer science undergrads with no access to computers in school libraries!
    Its really sad that there are few artists like Eldee in this country.
    One thing is sure,all these artists have blood on their hands!

  • naija April 4, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Am just wondering since this celebrities have the opportunity of meeting with the president,Y dint they tell him to attend the debate,I think this people should stand as representatives to the youths since its not possible for all of us to meet wit the president….so it is when the guy gave them 200million that they remembered to endorse him….so I ask what about us…..

    • Q April 4, 2011 at 11:16 pm

      My dear dat is indeed if they actually met wit him n not just his account officer or whoeva handed out d cheques….May the problems of Nigeria not depart from the lives of those who continue to support n encourage it! What nonsense…….endorsements like this shld be a thing of conviction, not depth of pocket!!! with d money they’ve pocketed can they still live peacefully in Nigeria with all its issues…..Supporting Jonathan my -……. Olu Jacobs is d biggest disappointment, as for Genny once a pro always a pro i guess!!!……………*hisssssssssssssss*

    • Mgbeke April 5, 2011 at 11:11 pm

      GBAM! as in i thot i was the only one thinkin the same, 200million dollars is a humongous amount of money, why spend dat much on an industry all in the name of campaigning when some kids cant even afford to go to school *smh* GEJ = a weist man!!!

  • naija April 4, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    So jonathan gave them 200million and am wondering what for,what happened to using the 200million to build a film village for them,so that they can have there own in built studios,good camera’s n all and they can make good movies,that way they won’t av to go about borrowing houses n cars….this politicians knw our weaknesses so they always take advantage of it,on d long run it is only the influential people in the industry that will av access to the money…..plus 200million dollars can do a lot for all this people living in poverty….our Government don’t think all they know how to do is use our money to oppress us…..

  • bobbydox April 4, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    ok guys let me get this you want celebrities to come and tell you why he/she endorsed a political candidate ok let me start by saying people dont know something and they are quick to jump into conclusion ok for 17years NOLLYWOOD has struggled in times where we cried to Government to come to our aid and when someone decides to hear our cry and we support him not because of 200million dollars dough but for 4years in a roll the industry has benefited immensely from him and so what better way for us or lets say those who are bold enough to come out and say we want a man who has ears to listen to people when they cry out ok some of u insulting Olu jacobs have u all gotten insane he probably could be ur grand father and because he decided to exercise his civic rights in a way which he feels right some people who in actual sense cant stand and talk talkless of insult would write barbaric comments ok o na God go Judge u o Ok Genevieve Nnaji decided to voice her choice why would anyone insult or backlash her so impressive she doesnt even mind any fucking soul’s shit or comments on whyshe was a part what u all saying is that no celebrity should do what they feel like when hollywood did theirs with Barack Obama by wearing pictures of him on their dresses most especially on d red-carpet we as Africans just watched and admired them he for them they are excused then Nigerians don turn to crooks cos say i want to endorse JONATHAN……………. No one knows the rational behind this campaign so pls just keep your comments and watch thanks

    • Peperempe April 4, 2011 at 10:56 pm

      It is their duty to explain the rationale for this campaign. In this absence of one , the people should not be blamed for pinpointing the most obvious one: dirty money. You can “watch” silently if you want, but with the history and society that we have, you cannot begrudge other Nigerians the right to hold a grudge on this matter.

    • eMJOY Mayowa April 5, 2011 at 1:26 am

      lead by example guy. u shud have kept your own comments rather than voice out any of your concerns or your opinion like you’ve asked all to do.

    • oda girl April 5, 2011 at 10:32 am

      Your mind set my dear, is the problem with Nigeria. Be objective and stop using
      “respect” for our elders(e.g. your point about Olu Jacobs) and “gratitude” for what is actually yours (a president sitting down with a wide range of people) as explanations for this disgraceful act by all parties in this…

      People remember, a country gets the government it deserves…

      • bobbydox April 5, 2011 at 2:32 pm

        well that could be your opinion pls they have the right to what they did

  • Gbagaun! April 4, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    Selling Out!!!!
    If you are going to publicly endorse a candidate and say we want him back, at least give us a good reason. That is all I ask.

    I’m so sad to see such happening in this country. Everyone is always blaming the government but when these celebrities with the power to help start selling their votes for a few millions, it makes me sad. And I’m starting to think they don’t know what is actually going on or maybe they’ve actually forgotten the struggles the Nigerian youth have to go through.

    If they did this because they genuinely thought GEJ will move us forward, they shoulda at least cited reasons.
    Now, I fear GEJ will win, not by his own merit but by greasing the palms of the right people with taxpayer’s money

  • kenora April 4, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    if he has started brabing people then u know he is not d rite person..bcos given out 200million to all stars ad 4getin other is a bad way of starting..l just pray we all we make the rite choice

  • JUST ME April 4, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    ive always been a visitor to this site n while i find d articles interesting,i have never been moved to comment but now i see that i have to
    When pple begin to compare Hollywood to Nollywood,it baffles me cos in this case,there is no basis for comparison.Yes,we saw Hollywood artistes endorse Obama,but it was out of their personal convicton that he had something to offer and this was after Obama had laid out his agenda for the country n how he planned to go about achieving it.In other words,they waited to c what he had to offer and if it was any different from the status quo(Bush),b4 endorsing him and when some of these stars were interviewed,they could state categorically why they were endorsing him
    Nollywood is another case altogether.GEJ categorically and emphatically refused to participate in any debate and up till now,i still havent heard him talk about his agenda for Nigeria or his plans for solving Nigeria’s myriad problems.Call one of these artistes endorsing him and ask why,n they will be hard pressed in coming up wt a coherent answer.Endorsement means u support the person n what he stands for and u believe he means well,but how do u know he means well when he hasnt even told us what he means to do n scarily refuses to participate in any meaningful debate.If Obama had tried pulled any of the shenanigans dt GEJ’s has pulled so far,that would have been the end of him politically

    • iBreatheFreedom April 4, 2011 at 9:57 pm

      In fact God bless you my brother/sister. They sit there and collect pay checks to say I support so so and so. WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT WHO YOU SUPPORTING? Why are you telling us to vote for GEJ when he has given us nothing tangible to hold on to?? Every promise he has made he has not fulfilled. He has NO CLUE what he is doing as President ATM and you say “We want him back”. As what? For what? Why should I vote for someone who refuses to participate in something as basic as a presidential debate, so at least I can know if he can make two correct sentences to start with! And you stand there with your lipgloss and rehearsed script to tell me who to vote for, all so your bank account will grow fatter. Pls keep it to yourself and go back to your acting/singing career which mind you is the only reason you are of relevance in the first place

      • Miss Biosu April 5, 2011 at 12:53 pm

        Well said my dear. I strecth out my hand to you for a hand shake. !

      • Voice April 6, 2011 at 2:27 pm

        Thank you

    • Stand up and vote! April 4, 2011 at 10:37 pm

      nobody is forcing you to vote for GEJ. go out and vote for who you want. I totally support GEJ so i support these actors and actresses who are also supporting GEJ. they dont need to hear him “debate” before they know what he can do….they have already seen it. in the last nine months, GEJ has made a positive impact in our country that no other President has been able to achieve….so i want more of GEJ…

      • Kemirette April 5, 2011 at 3:49 am

        are you even kidding me with your comment. Really?He doesnt need to debate?for real???This is like telling a job seeker he doesnt have to attend an interview and he doesnt need to lay out his skills and accomplishment to convince his potential employers .It is even appalling that you would say something like that.

      • Ayodeji April 5, 2011 at 7:40 am

        Your comment has to be the most pathetic and ignorant comment I have had the displeasure to read on BellaNaija. This place is meant for young, upwardly mobile and intelligent Nigerians. You do not strike me as any of those.

      • sola April 5, 2011 at 9:22 am

        Are you for real????????????????????

      • Ijé April 5, 2011 at 8:16 pm

        The ironic thing is that your name is “Stand up and vote” How can you be so confident in GEJ’s policies when he deliberately refused to participate in presidential debates in such a key election?

      • Ready April 5, 2011 at 8:21 pm

        “in the last nine months, GEJ has made a positive impact in our country that no other President has been able to achieve….so i want more of GEJ”
        Laugh wan kill me die! (Yup! Had to write that out) What are you on? That ish must be good. Boo, don’t come on here feeding us crap. Many of us are educated people who follow world affairs and have a pretty good understanding of our country so when you write ish like Ebele did good things for Naij in 9 months that no other president could’ve done, I have to advise you to either go to Japan to hug a nuclear reactor or use a Colt 45 to clean your ears.

      • Anonymous April 6, 2011 at 3:12 pm

        What have you seen him do in Nigeria since he became president?

    • eMJOY Mayowa April 5, 2011 at 1:30 am

      @ JUST ME you’ve made a lot of sense I see no reason why anybody further should side this action by Nollywood actors of by PDP/GEJ. Unless they can reasonably counter what @Justme and other commenter above have spelled out here.

    • THE AMAKA April 5, 2011 at 1:31 am

      YOU’VE HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD AND SAID EVERYTHING I WANTED TO SAY! :)

    • Ijé April 5, 2011 at 8:14 pm

      Yup, JUST ME. You hit the nail on the end.

  • ijeoma April 4, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    LOL…shame on these celebs really! as for those who sang for fashola, at least one they did it individually not like the sammy oposo anthem…im disgusted to see even olu jacobs in this like what? how much did they pay this people to put their intergrity on the line like this?Jonathan has done nothing impressive!why the comparism with Obama? with Obama not only celebs agreed. Most people did and the celebs supported individually and highlighted the choice of the people!most supported with their own money! I have lost respect for those i respected among these people. We all know they were paid for this at the expense of their fans and the people’s feelings.
    What an abuse of goodwill and trust! Shame!
    Thank God there’s still celebs like El dee and Omotola.

  • Jack April 4, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    It’s a Capitalist world. Now. . I know most of you wouldn’t feed the celebs, if they refused to do this, would you?

    First, what you all need to do is look at yourselves properly, and disabuse any beliefs you have in these artists.

  • Amseriouslyinlove. April 4, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    please is that 200million Naira his money or the peoples money?I just feel so sorry for Nigeria,If my country was good I wouldnt be in U.K afterall,provide jobs and security then we will be glad to come home.

    • Ash April 5, 2011 at 12:09 pm

      You are deceiving yourself…go back home and see what is happening in Nigeria..is it the shooting and knifing or the crazy taxi drivers that kidnap and kill their passengers that makes the UK safe?how about british jobs for british people?…people like you just sit down in one council flat and chat shit about Nigeria..when last did you even visit?

  • Peperempe April 4, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    Saying that entertainers have a civic right to voice their support for political candidates is just disingenuous in Nigeria’s case. No reasons or justifications have been given and these people have most likely been paid. These people have no integrity whatsoever and the message of their support is so evangelical it’s just ridiculous. “Only one man can save us….only one man bla bla bla” The same messianic undertones that colours the endorsements of pastors.

    However I think the bigger problem is not the artistes endorsing these politicians but the frivolousness of Nigerians. These politicians know that the opinions of Nigerians are swayed heavily by entertainers and religious leaders and they feed on that. The average Nigerian is too busy obsessing about champagne and rose to engage in any serious mental activity or deep thought. Basically the problem is that the avearge Nigerian is too lazy and distracted to form an informed opinion on anything. I mean even when it comes to something as personal as clothing, all we do is copy what some other “cool” person is wearing: says it all really!

  • partyrider April 4, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    personally think this whole thing has been an issue for debate cos its for GEJ/PDP..if it was for buhari or ribadu or for some other candidate, am not sure it will have all this buzz.
    PS:am not a fan of PDP/GEJ

    • Ijé April 5, 2011 at 8:20 pm

      well at least Buhari and Ribadu attempted to discuss their plans for the presidency in different debates.

  • naija April 4, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    Jonathan having a meeting with the artist is just another way of campaigning for votes……can’t u guys see this dude is so desperate he can do anytin to get endorsed,let him get there sha and u guys will see if he will remember the so called artist…..our problem is that we always forget things so soon…..eefing sell outs

  • mike April 4, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    We have bigger problems in this country at the moment and addressing them should be our top priority and as for artists endorsing politicians i dont see anything wrong with that,man must wack.

    • iyabo April 6, 2011 at 8:34 am

      we can’t afford to think like that. These artistes can afford to tell the truth. The sooner people like them start making sacrifices and putting the country first instead of their bank accounts, the sooner we will lift ourselves from this mess we are in.

  • tatafo! April 5, 2011 at 12:50 am

    you forgot to mention onyeka onwenu’s Run Goodluck Run campaign song.
    it doesn’t matter people will not vote based on artist endorsements.

  • gbeke April 5, 2011 at 1:01 am

    hey

  • gbeke April 5, 2011 at 1:15 am

    You know what people,we have criticised,played the blaming game for too long with no solution to the many problems in Nigeria.The truth is all this people putting down this comments dont really care .They just come here and make silly prejudice comments and is funny how most of this people are all the way in england and america where they are kissing – and all they hold on to is the Nigeria they left behind 5-10 years ago and any time their is bad news they get exicited and seat on their fat – and make stupid comments because they are cowards who couldnt even stick with Nigeria in the roughest time.The question is what have you done for your own country lately,what impact have you ahd in the changing process and more importantly what has ”your opinion ”(bias)by the way done to improve the situation of things in Nigeria.Why are you angry with people that have seen the oppourtunity(negative or poaitive) where you see kaos.And speaking of Obama yes he categorically stated his agenda.Reality check,reality check,people(how many of his ”agenda” has been successfully executed,how many people or the so called ”celebs” are happy now?same line,different scripts.

    • one naira April 7, 2011 at 5:59 am

      My thots exactly. What have we done for Nigeria? We all make up this country, and its our reluctance to take a stand that would destroy this country. we could yap from nw till 2morrow but nothing would be done. Peeps in my father’s generation av complained. My generation is complaining, and so would my children’s too if we dnt fight this injustice.

  • PAUL April 5, 2011 at 1:22 am

    I HAVE ALWAYS STOOD FOR YOUTHS EMPOWERMENT. THESE STARS COULD HAVE THOUGHT ABOUT CHANGING THE FACE OF NIGERIA POLITICS BY PROMOTING NEW GENERATIONAL IDEAL CANDIDATE. THIS CANDIDATE MIGHT NOT BE FINANCIALLY GREAT BUT GREAT EFFORT,IDEAS AND VISION TO APPEAL AND INSPIRE NEW NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL TALENT. I WILL URGE YOU ALL TO PAY ATTENTION TO ABOH MBAISE/NGOR OKPALA LGA IN THE RACE FOR FEDERAL HOUSE OF REP.I HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING IT, I WILL SAY THERE IS A ZEAL FOR YOUNG LEADER IN THAT PARTICULAR REGION. YOUTHS ARE DECIDING BY MOBILZING FOR YOUNG TALENTED CANDIDATE. PRESIDENT OBAMA ACCOMPLISHED IT. OUR STARS SHOULDN’T SUPPORT CASH. SUPPORT YOUTHS. THINK OF EGYPT…

  • Mariella April 5, 2011 at 2:11 am

    To be honest, I’d say most people have minds of their own. So simply because I see all of Nollywood on GEj campaign I’ll jog 2 the nearest booth and vote 4 him? Abeg na dem get their mouth. . .These “celebs” are just tryna get paid yo, and I bet y’all will do the same if you were in their shoes. Anyway, not like anybody’s vote or campaign ad matters in the end. The shit gets rigged, init? God dey sha!

  • Obi April 5, 2011 at 2:24 am

    whether or not they got paid, you go to the polls and vote your own!!

  • anon April 5, 2011 at 2:39 am

    Geez, Nigerians CHILL OUT. It’s like when black people wanted OBAMA in office and some white supported that it was time for CHANGE. A lot of Igbos feel like this is their time, and other ethnic group feel like it’s time for someone different than hausa or Yoruba. I’m not igbo or yoruba, I’m just saying that people are entitled to their opinion and of course it will be sentimental sometimes because it means a lot to some people to have a non-ibo or yoruba in. So, let celebrities be free to support whoever, everybody has two legs to walk to the poll on the election day and vote for whoever they want.

    • THE AMAKA April 5, 2011 at 3:43 am

      I’m sorry to say, but you are part of the problem with Nigeria. can we please stop this tribe talk?

      • anon April 6, 2011 at 12:45 pm

        Oops, I didn’t know I was part of a problem. GET OUT OF HERE, the FACT is ethnic conflict is a problem in Nigeria, so why are we all of a sudden trying to act like it doesn’t exist. I didn’t say one ethnic group was better than the other, all I said is a lot of people are voting for Jonathan because they feel like he’s a NEW face just like some people voted for Obama. The truth is our leaders have been mostly hausas, and yorubas, and a lot of igbos feel left out. Even though, he’s Bayelsa but the fact that he’s not hausa or igbo, people think he’s the CHANGE will need. I’m rooting for Ribadu because I support his policies.

    • meeee April 5, 2011 at 12:18 pm

      Look, I don’t care it it’s Igbo, Yoruba or even an Efik at this point. All I want is security, infrastructure(Power, roads, healthcare) good policies and jobs. Anyone that can provide these and many more is my candidate

    • Miss Face April 5, 2011 at 9:23 pm

      O-M-G! With comments like this, one is tempted to sing “Everytime we take 1 step forward, you take 2 steps back”! So many intelligent, well thought-out comments until I got to this one.

  • anon April 5, 2011 at 2:40 am

    I meant non-hausa*

  • Okeke April 5, 2011 at 3:00 am

    I am tempted to comment on this and can’t hold myself back. As a Nigerian in the diaspora who is looking in it is acceptable that I do not know well the resume of all the current presidential candidates. With that said I am just going to lay out my thoughts. I don’t have a problem with anyone exercising their civic right by ENDORSING their chosen candidate, be you a celebrity or an okada rider. Your opinion matters with regards to the future of your country but please make sure that opinion is founded. For one, the endorsement of Obama by Hollywood celebrities were to a great extent founded. Obama attended many debates where he laid out his plans and course for United States for the four years he would be in office and the years to follow if the U.S decides to keep him on. And anyone that is endorsing a candidate should think of the inter-dependancy that we need as human beings because even though it is all well and good to back a candidate who is representing your interest, don’t forget that if the candidate lacks the vision to see the bigger picture and looses sight of the plight of the common man and in the course of it greater good is ignored, you will have your interest taken care of at the expense of the common man coming after you because his was not met. My point is that a closer playing field where the privileged and the less privileged should meet has to be the goal and when that is not primal in the overall outlook, the celebrity that did not encourage his/her candidate to lay out his plan on how to address the needs of the young boys and girls hawking goods and sleeping under bridges in cities around Nigeria, should not call for support when the young boy or girl turns into a robber and comes knocking on the celebrity’s door. Nigeria has been plagued by bandwagon mentality and this is the time for CHANGE. Just as it is alright to walk in the footsteps of Hollywood stars and endorse a candidate that seems attuned to the younger generation, it behooves on you the celebrity to ask the person you are about to give a huge task to give you and your next door neighbour a clear vision of how he/she intends to curb the violence that would arise when your interest is met and your neighbour’s is not. However independent your mindset might be because you’re currently a hostage to survival don’t forget that you live in an inter-dependant world. Whether you like it or not if you acquire wealth, you would require help!! You can not live alone. Now that is my big word of advice to my brothers/sisters/fathers/mothers with regards to their decision with endorsing the candidate of their choice.
    Now to the Candidates themselves, this is a job and please realize that. He who has been chosen to lead should be honoured to know that he is required to serve. Be it GEJ or any other candidate, if this is not for you and you still embark on misleading Nigerians, remember that limited shelter would be available to you, your kids and loved ones in Nigeria or outside Nigeria after your tenure. Because it is only a matter of time before whatever wealth you acquire runs out. Your predecessors were easily seduced by greed and the powers out here in the west and because of misplaced foreign policy and the acquired wealth that still leaves their children roaming around Nigeria in fear and without respect outside Nigeria, this would be your children’s fate as well. Unless, you are awake enough to see where the world is headed and ask yourself if you’re the best person for this job. America is struggling with being the continuous watchdog of the world and slowly loosing grip on power and China is on the rise to take over and India is positioning itself to go next and Nigeria can’t even boast of constant light, quality education, better road to accommodate the rich man in V.I that lives in 100 million naira mansion and his okada rider neighbour who makes 20 thousand naira a month and pays half the amount as his monthly rent. If changing these can not be part of the plan, as well as launching a better satellite into space, we will be sleeping when China will recolonize the world and watch our beloved country run around like headless chicken uncertain how the cooking pot would decide it’s fate.
    This time it is about the ISSUES people, let us get it right! Let us save Nigeria because WE WILL ALL BENEFIT FROM IT.
    Thanks for taking time to listen to my long lecture. As I said before I couldn’t hold back. Long live Nigeria and may we OVERCOME THIS TIME!!

    • Brown April 5, 2011 at 11:46 pm

      Wow! its like reading an essay…nice one tho

  • Kemirette April 5, 2011 at 3:42 am

    as long as they are not getting paid for it or doing it ONLY for the money, then they have the right to endorse whoever they want to.

    The Dbanj/Jonathan case was different!Obviously he had been paid and prepped for the interview!

  • chi April 5, 2011 at 3:47 am

    Genevieve Nnaji shame on u. As per d .money to entertainment industry, nothing has bin done yet. Its a campaign tool by Jonathan to deceive voters

  • tezy April 5, 2011 at 5:34 am

    okay this is my view, i feel like everybody has a right to their choices and endorse who they want to individually, but when they start doing it collectively that is when i have a problem and this makes me believe that the money given to nollywood was a bribe… all of them in that video are foolish i lost a lot of respect for olu jacobs and also i used to think genevieve is classy and i was one of her biggest fans but she is an idiot.

  • Ola April 5, 2011 at 6:35 am

    i look forward to a better Nigeria where a common individual without God fathers backing him, money to bribe voters will rule us based on his integrity and visions. No doubt GEJ will win this but i pray we get it right by 2015

  • Ready April 5, 2011 at 6:54 am

    *Sigh*…when Genevieve sold Luna milk to us, there was nothing unethical about it. When Ini Edo & those other Naij actors/actresses (why anyone would emulate most of them is beyond me but I digress) sold Globacom and other orisirisi to us, we only marveled at the price they were being paid but still had no problems with it.
    I don’t blame these artistes and the politicans; what they’re doing makes a lot of business/political sense. Matter of fact, the biggest difference between the Naij political scene and that of the U.S is that there are laws in the U.S that regulate campaign donations. For instance, although individuals’ donations cannot exceed $2,400, they can throw fundraisers for the politicians…as did many artistes and celebrities in the U.S did. Unfortunately, since there are no election laws in my beloved country and the pockets of these greedy politicians are flush with cash, they give the money for the campaigning. And because I have a brain to think with autonomously, I have no problem with it.
    Shebi it’s us who make our decisions…the presence of a wack lacefront on Rita Dominic’s head will not make me go buy lacefronts. Neither will those has-beens like 2shotz and Zaki (sp?) or D-list actresses like Monalisa Chinda, or anyone who cannot defend their political convictions have the power to convince me (and many, I hope) to vote for someone.
    But then again, I’m not in the country and so my vote cannot count. Another issue I have a problem with…still, we must pick our battles. For now, I’m fine with the fact that we have an entertainment industry that has pulled thousands out of poverty, and if their popularity can help redistribute funds from the very rich during this election season, I’m all for it…until we have a strong enough democracy to close loopholes in our electoral process.

    • partyrider April 5, 2011 at 7:24 pm

      i always look out for ur comments :) am a fan

      • Ready April 5, 2011 at 11:51 pm

        Awww…:-)

  • Tamara April 5, 2011 at 7:20 am

    i dont like goodluck………danggg…..i dunno y errbody is singin praises to him….watch his interview on cnn,,,,,n ull change ur mind.not to mention our first lady dame jonathan who cant construct one coherrent sentence in english and cant pronounce UMBRELLA.lolz jst my opinion tho..

    • Miss Face April 5, 2011 at 9:02 pm

      Excuse me? What has dame Patience’s inability to pronounce the word “Umbrella” got to do with the price of fish, be it smoked or fresh?Pls dont distract people here. What have the most eloquent of these politicians done for this country so far apart from speaking big grammar to the awe and amazement of poor,ignorant masses?So at the end of the day their eloquence (or shd i say grandiloquence) is good only to intimidate the educationally-challenged.Give us a good president who genuinely has the interest of this nation at heart, that’s all we are saying! The question is: Could GED be that man or not? If not, who should get our votes?What, really has his wife’s challenges diction-wise got to do with?This is too serious an issue to be toyed around with.Full stop!

  • Tomi April 5, 2011 at 8:15 am

    Bella nice one… You are the politician here!!!! Give us a “seemingly” controversial topic and post campaigns of your favourite (all though you did not outrightly say so) PDP.
    I RESPECT YOU ALLL OVER AGAIN…..

  • Tiki April 5, 2011 at 8:29 am

    @ Peperempe, GBAM! You put it more succintly than I could have wished for…everyone, y’all go read Peperempe’s comment above, and If you don’t agree with her, I think it’s mentalities like yours that will be the death of Nigeria as we dream it.

  • Tiki April 5, 2011 at 8:29 am

    My name is Tiki, and I endorse her comment! Go figure…

  • Odior April 5, 2011 at 8:55 am

    they were all paid….its not about the person who wins its about ‘I HAVE GOT BILLS TO PAY’

  • liz April 5, 2011 at 8:58 am

    I am a good luck Jonathan supporter but sorry; this video was way too corny. the only person whose demeanor was ok and sounded a tad bit convincing/believable is Ramsey Noah. I almost thought ini edo was going to get down on her knees and start begging for votes; she looked like she wanted to cry. Get real…the Obama/US/hollywood/nollywood comparisons don’t make sense. Dude, our elections were postponed on election day. HOW CLASSY ARE WE.

  • liz April 5, 2011 at 9:04 am

    I don’t really see us as the type of people whose votes would be swayed by a bunch of nollywood stars. I might be wrong. Next thing you know, mama gee or akin and paw paw would be telling me where to shop.

    • Q April 5, 2011 at 10:06 am

      That’s where you are wrong. Our opinions are easily swayed by what other people think. Nigerians are far more sheepish than you give them credit for.

  • olixvic April 5, 2011 at 9:06 am

    OMG….200miller,10miller,30miller…….na wa ooooo….with all dis we can ve a stEAdy elecricity in this country…..if Jonathan has put such fund for it…belive u me….all will vote for him that he dont need to campagin……MAY GOD HEAL OUR LAND….NIGERIA

  • Ib April 5, 2011 at 9:14 am

    Personally I DONT SEE ANYTHING WRONG WITH IT!!It is their right to endorse whoever the see fit,if they are given money…and yes i said MONEY… along the way that is their own palaver.Abeg Nigerians STOP CALLING PEOPLE NAMES BECAUSE YOU DONT SEE EYE TO EYE WITH THEM!!we have more pressing issues. come election day,GO AND VOTE FOR YOUR CANDIDATE!!

  • Madam Teargas April 5, 2011 at 9:51 am

    Everyone is entitled to support whoever they chose to. Actors and Musicians asking you to vote in a particular person into office doesn’t mean you have to. Everyone is criticizing Jonathan-so who do you want? Buhari who had issues and has his hands dirty? Ribadu whom obasanjo used to mess a lot of people up? Dele Momodu the king of owambe? Shekarau who instills sharia law in his own state? Debate? What the hell difference would attending a debate do? David Cameron out shined Gordon Brown at the debates and we all voted for Cameron. He made promises. But have you seen what is happening here in the UK? The people are crying and wailing. Taxes and school fees have been increased. Riots, strikes etc. Its madness.
    All I’m saying is, support whom you want to support. Vote for who you think will do a good job. Vote for yourself-and not based on another person’s suggestion. And better still, pray that God will give whoever wins the election the strength to govern Nigeria properly.

    • Ash April 5, 2011 at 12:14 pm

      Best comment so far!Spot on Madam Teargas,very well said!

    • partyrider April 5, 2011 at 7:26 pm

      God Bless you for this comment

    • Ready April 5, 2011 at 11:49 pm

      I get your endpoint, but your logic in reaching that point is flawed…in my opinion. So what the British voted for Cameron? What’s happening in Britain and the U.K in general has nothing to do with his competence, which might I add, the British people were at least assured of in the debates.
      It’s common knowledge that Britain has been lagging in productivity for decades now, and that the global economy overall is doing poorly. Campaign in Britain only lasts about 2 weeks without any political acrobatics from campaigners and lobbyists once the candidates have been determined. For these reasons and many more, comparing the electoral process in Britain and Naij and implying that Ebele’s refusal to participate in debates shouldn’t be a big deal is vastly unfounded.
      Having said that, we should vote for whom we consider best. #thatisall.

  • mm April 5, 2011 at 9:52 am

    This is a very dicey situation for both the actors and GEJ. in politics you have to careful what you say and endorse because it will come back to hunt you. Lets say GEJ does not give us constant light like he promised what happens are you actors going to come out and apologise to nigerians for miss leading them. About the money part I dnt think there is any problem the only problem is that there should be a law in nigeria requiring candidates to disclose where how much and the source of there campaing funds this will help guard against endorsment for money. thers should also be a limit to campein funds

  • FAITH April 5, 2011 at 10:16 am

    they did it for d money…..end of story….and it is very bad..so so BAD!!!

  • jenny d genius April 5, 2011 at 10:45 am

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with celebrities endorsing a candidate.It is done in every country of the world and those of you complaining would do worse if you were a celeb so please enuff wiv dis topic………

  • dewowo April 5, 2011 at 10:55 am

    @bobbydox (OK master) ur speech is way 22222222222 long and almost loosing its savour. in one word….NO NAME CALLING. Will relate dat to other housemates. OK lol

  • deegal April 5, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    well it is their right to endorse anyone they want and it is our right to go to the polls and vote who we want. Our votes are the only endorsements that really count

  • jezz April 5, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    That’s why I love my Tuface!!!!!!

  • Ronnie April 5, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    If Buhari wins these same people will come up to support him in 2015!SMH

  • Gorgeous April 5, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    I am very ashamed by the Yoruba one. So stupid. lmao. It is also the same set of dancer’s dressed in different attires. SMH. As for the mumu celebrities getting bribe and coming to open their stinking mouth after eating iru, we will not forget. Disgusting. This 2011, Nigeria must move forward. No choice. I would rather vote for Buhari, than aid in continuing the cycle of corruption and bribery. This has not gotten us anywhere.

  • Kathryn Cage April 5, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    How many people here will turn down a million naira just to go on tv and say something good about a man? Put your hands up! Hypocrites, abeg save me the breath, if you are my brother or sister and you tell me you refused to collect money to campaign for a goat, i won’t speak to you for a month. Do your thing and get paid doing it, that is a job. I have not seen the campaign and will bet you that when i do i’ll be busy checking out the cloth Genny is wearing instead of listening to the trash she’s talking. who’ll go out in the sun and vote anybody because Ramsey Noah says i should (he be my father?) Naija no get that ‘worship your celeb’ factor, truth be told. They are just trying to make life better for their family and themselves andthey have every right to do what they did, i won’t condemn them for it. I also believe some of them truly believe in Jonathan, so to sell your candidate and get paid for it,double treat! If e dey pain u, go jump in the lagoon. I’m sure no one called eldee or what ever they call him, i don’t know the line of any song he has sang and believe me i love music.

    • partyrider April 5, 2011 at 7:32 pm

      LooooooL…love this comment

  • Mariella April 5, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    I strongly disagree with pepper……. That is such a pathetic analogy of Nigeria. Well maybe thats how Nigerians are in part of Nigeria you live in. They need to get their head outta their -es. As for me, where I come from Nigerians there are hardworking, strong, highly opinionated and optimistic individuals hoping for a better tomorrow.

  • Oloju come and do April 5, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    SHAME ON OLU JACOBS, MONA LISA, GENEVIEVE, INI EDO, RAMSEY NOAH, STEPHANIE OKEREKE, DESMOND ELLIOT AND THE REST I FORGOT.

    If you must be paid to endorse a candidate, state your reasons to make it look legible and at least choose the right candidate or don’t bother with the endorsement. Truth is Goodluck Jonathan as a stand alone might mean well for Nigeria but you CANNOT extract GEJ from PDP. What has GEJ done for Nigeria in the past months he’s been on seat??? If you’re happy with what he has done, I wish you (Desmond, Olu, Genevieve and co) the good things GEJ has done for Nigeria.

    Look out the artistes endorsing Fashola, did you hear all this noise over them? Fashola EATS AND WORKS. That is all we ask for, A LEADER THAT EATS AND WORKS!!!

  • alli eshiema April 5, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    pray the most credible candidate win…..

  • Iphie April 5, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    Using celebs for campaign is just the same as companies using them to sway customers to buy their products. At the end of the day no one is forcing you to buy or vote. The choice remains entirely YOURS!. All they can do is TRY and CONVINCE YOU!

  • mawuto April 5, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    ok… errrrmmmm……. *clears throat* is it only mawuto who likes the quality of the ad??? i think it was nice. Back to the point. People pls be reminded that the “freedom of information bill” has just been passed. Ur nollywood actors are individuals/adults free to make choices even if they dont think before making them. So please why all the tounge-lashing. It is left for all of you to do wot is expected of you, GO OUT AND VOTE for the “right person” you all feel is capable of leading us to the promised land. At least they are speaking up, you all do same

  • the truth!! April 5, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    sad really! the fact that personalities who are meant role models can be such whores! “if the price is right!” or is it AGIP (Any Government In Power)!?
    Entertainers are supposed to be non-partisan. if they chose to endorse a political party then they must be able to publicly give reasons and not receive gifts for doing so. The reason being that they should not exploit their fans but rather giv their fans a reason why they should vote for said parties.
    One minute D’Banj is non-partisan leading “Our Time” initiative, the next, he’s interviewing GEJ. I did mention back when “Our Time” was announced here, that this was the same D’Banj that was on stage with GEJ during his declaration in Eagle Square.
    All I can say is that it is truly a shame! At a time when the entertainment industry is gaining credibility locally and globally, the stars of it show no principle and bend over to take it from the party cutting the biggest cheques.
    I commend those artists that have truly remained non-partisan during this period.

  • Ngozi M. April 5, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    1) To be fairly honest, the endorsement of political candidates isn’t necessarily something new. It happens frequently in the US where youthful popular artists/ celebrities tend to go with the more ‘liberal’ ‘modern’ vibe by voting Democrat whilst other celebrities tend to go ‘Republican’ perhaps for their conservative views. These celebrities help raise awareness for the campaign via adverts and co so if the same has happened in Nigeria I don’t on the above argued grounds see why people will raise hell about it
    2) The only grievance I have is the ‘our time’ voter initiative which has apparently been turned into some sort of Pro Goodluck campaign. That removes the transparency in the program and if this is actually true then perhaps the Independent Electoral Comission have a role to play in making sure it is dissolved as an organisation
    3) My personal view is that although it is acceptable that celebrities endorse politicians, in a country like Nigeria, celebrities should be promoting the idea of taking a stand and having your voice heard via voting rather than telling people who to vote for. The truth is that in their wealth President Jonathan’s regime has most definitely favoured them and i doubt greatly if they can connect with the average Nigerian making less than a dollar a day. These celebrities should look to Ada Ameh who did a sensible thing by starring in an Obi Emelonye INEC produced advert asking the people to rise up and vote whilst educating them on how to make sure they are registered and the penalty for voter fraud.

    PS Whats up with Ramsey’s scarf? DUDE YOU ARE IN NIGERIA!!

  • partyrider April 5, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    I just hope most of those commenting will VOTE during this elections for the leader whose CONVICTIONS they believe in..most of us just sit in the comfort of our homes and offices,behind our PC and bash people or just rant..well this is democracy,freedom of speech same way these guys are free to endorse who they believe in..
    most Nigerias are only good at whining,complaining,bashing and cursing yet we never try to contribute our own quota no matter how small to nation building..
    God help and bless us all..

  • Dray April 5, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    It’s really a thought provoking matter.
    Looking from the angle of civic rights, a celebrity has the sole right to endorse whomever he/she feels is right for any position. I just wonder how come virtually all these guys endorse incumbents? Is it that none of them is so convinced enough to support an opposition? That was not the case in the US, each celebrity committed resources and reputation to a candidate they were not even sure would win but were convinced of his candidature.
    A friend who is a motivational speaker was offered some large amount of money to speak for one of the major contenders of the PDP primaries but he declined because he knew that aside the financial offer and possible leverage of having such a platform, he was not convinced about the candidate. If he had accepted it, today the candidate is out but he’d have had a swollen bank balance and a dented spirit.
    My submission, a politician would do anything and everything to get into office but the choice remains with the people either by participation or by apathy.

  • gift April 5, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    i am soo surpriced ENLIGHTNED people are putting a voice to IGNORANCE.. like wow i cant understand..its soo sad. i have no clue what this celebrated candidate stands for. the supposed star says ” they stand united ” for what!…am i the only lost one here.. goodness. Nigeria

  • play April 5, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    woo long read. Reading some comment , nut only am I sorry for u but also feel bad, cos now I no must pple don’t ve a clue about what’s going on I hope u no that that’s ur tax money going waste, also our dear GEJ has time to met wit ur so called nollywood pple but left the pple of JOS to die!!! Can of u tell me y I should vote him?? Did he bring ligth water gOod road security, but all we get is killing and death, kidnapping, so he has time to meet up wit D banj but could nut make it down to jos poor helpless women and children, pls name one thing GEJ has done to be re- elected?? Shameless greedy pple both old and young

  • NNENNE April 5, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    Nollywood or anyone as the case may be, has a right to support / and or vote for any candidate they so desire.It is called freedom of speech or freedom of choice. But one thing I remember is that my Mom taught me to be a leader and not a follower or jump wagon. I do not have to vote for someone just because everybody else is voting for them.As an adult it is my responsibility to research each candidate running, then decide why they deserve my vote.The decision is ultimately mine to make. Not my mother’s, father’s , sister’s,brother’s etc.The importance of voter education cannot be overemphasized especially now.
    But even if I am bribied to vote for someone,when I enter that voting booth, who is there to stop me from voting for whomsoever I desire to vote for? Is voting not anonymous?

    BTW, I listened to the presidential debate via the internet and I am disgusted to say the list. I live in diaspora and I know many Nigerians both at home and abroad. Men/women with impeccable resumes.It is disheartening to see that due to quoter system, money, power sharing, etc , we cannot afford to have these men and women run for elections.This is the reason why it will take this country a long time to get to its destination. My opinion peeps…

  • 9jacritique April 6, 2011 at 3:02 am

    Lol lol lol!!! @ Ngozi M

  • 9jacritique April 6, 2011 at 3:13 am

    BTW @ jezz what has Tuface got to do with this campaign??? he is not nollywood!!!!

  • thatgal April 6, 2011 at 3:14 am

    This only goes to show that you can fool everybody all the time. For all the meaningful contributions, am really glad and I know that we will get there. The reasonable comments far outnumber the unreasonable ones. Thank you Bella for this insightful piece. As for the sellouts, kindly know that you only reap what you sow.
    People please vote whom you are convinced about. God help us!

  • thatgal April 6, 2011 at 3:20 am

    Sorry, I meant you can’t fool everyone all the time.

  • Nathan April 6, 2011 at 6:04 am

    Typical Nigerians, all we see is problem….What has GEJ/the PDP done to warrant these rantings. It’s easy for Nigerians to always highlight the negatives that is why the ones in Abroad who are still squatting and leaving in penury will fail to smell the opportunities that abound back home and rush back. For those of you still wondering why many of these Nollywood megastars are supporting Jonathan…Let me list some of the reasons for you!

    Yes.Let’s start with Dbanj..Back in the late 90′s, he was a nobody, just hustling and after droping out from LASU, he believed going to the UK was the only way out for him. He flew to the UK to join JJC/419 squad (I think) at the time, the Nigerian musical group in the UK that made the airwaves at the time (1999 – 2002). Dbanj wasnt fully accepted into group. Heard the guy was treated real bad by the group until he met Don Jazzy who convinced him to come back with him to Nigeria where they would start working on his musical career as a solo art. He agreed and they came, he did is thing and before you know it, the guy don hammer! Right now, the guys on JJC Squad and the rest no be im mate @d moment.

    Since DBanj’s return to hustle and do his thing in Nigeria, many Nigerians based abroad have rushed back to Nigeria to do their thing. From Banky W to Naeto C, Ikechukwu, Goldie, Iceprince, Mode Nine ….they are just too many to mention. Thanks to a stable democratic government powered by the PDP. I know haters would hate this but its the truth. I’ve been in Nigeria all my life, schooled in the North and South West, grew up in Lag and been to East a few times. Have you people forgotten how Baba Iyabo toured across the world like Ajala asking Nigerians to come back home. That things have changed for good? Begging foreign investors? Well, if many of you never heeded, many did and some of them were these celebrities musicians whom you all want to associate with now! They owe their success stories to the powers that be. Shout however you like, say what you like….What the Nigerian Entertainment industry has acheived in the last 12years in terms of growth and returns to the pocket of its practitioners is a million times greater than what they had ever gotten in the past. Thanks to stable democracy even at that during the eight yr rule of a Govt. that never paid direct attention to their veiws. Now they have a president who’s ready to listen to them and come up with solutions that could better their lots, u guyz are calling them names…If that makes them criminals then so be it!

    Look at an old man like Fatai Roling Dollars who had been singing for over forty years without any change but thanks to this period, that man has been smiling to his bank in the last twelve years. Nigerians now have a listening president with humble beginings and all a lot of people on this thread could say is call the guy a weakling. We have been conditioned to believe that our Presdident needs to be a hardliner, an iron fisted Military man to lead us to the promise land and that my friends, is an error.

    For those people outside the entertainment industry still looking for signs of some form of acheivements, look at your hands…If you have a phone either GSM or Landline, then just keep quiet because before this present dispensation, I grew up thinking phones were a luxury and everyone can’t own them. But thanks to the Poverty Development Party (as most of you love to call them) even my uneducated mom now uses a phone! That is just one accomplishment that affects almost every Nigerian. Many jobs have been created and even though NITEL has been creeping, no one even feels their absence…That would never have been possible before now!

    Look at the banks…Nigerian Banks can now isuue Mastercard, I know most of you don’t know what that means….but each time I recall how one of my mentors in business lost $15, 000 to paypal about ten years ago…I can only thank God for our acheivements as a Nation. Businesses have never been this good…Nigerian’s richest man accummulated much wealth within the last twelve years than any other time in history. If you guys are stil wondering whom Dangote has been routing for….It’s the PDP!

    • partyrider April 6, 2011 at 12:55 pm

      wow..u havent seen wat PDP has done to deserve these rantings?..seriously?
      and u claim u have been in nigeria all your life..pls state what PDP had done for nigeria in the past 12years..am listening.
      all those plenty things you just said,how has it affected the poorest of the poor in our country.u are talking of GSM,u think those who cant eat a meal a day have GSM?how has the return of those musicians affected the average nigeria,did their coming back bring light,good roads,security..you are saying dangote accumulated wealth in these past 12years and how has dat helped the child that is dying in the hospital cos doctors are on strike..damn ur comment is pathetic and annoying to say the least.only a few persons at d top have benefited from PDP and dats not wat is should be..
      my friend chill joor,its sad that u can point out all those things as an achievement for PDP..u must be a PDP member or an enemy of nigeria to write all this..am angry joor.
      just park well very well

      • THE AMAKA April 6, 2011 at 11:30 pm

        EXACTLY!!!! i couldn’t believe the type of stuff i was reading. so he doesn’t mind getting his power shut off? constantly buying fuel for the generator? driving over many pot holes just to get from point A to point B living in fear that one day you might need to be quickly rushed to the hospital and there will be either no one or nothing there to save your life, or how you might be delayed in graduating on time because the teachers are on strike because the government refuses to pay them? how you cannot call the police in an instant when you’re being robbed? or how they extor money from drivers?

      • Nathan April 7, 2011 at 5:50 am

        You talk about massess, are you oine of the masses? See every country would always have a poor class and there’s nothing that can be absolutely done about that! Even the bible says the poor you would always have amongst you. You lie greatly if you say Nigerians can barely afford the GSM phones, having a means of communication today is a matter of choice and not luxury.

        Guy, I’m close to the streets and know what am saying. I’m not a PDP member as you’re insinuating. I just hate it when Nigeraians tend to blame our leaders for their predicaments and do the Pull- Him -Down at all cost syndrome when they hate a fella.

        You talk about Government strikes…Did that happen only in PDP? what about Lagos and Edo states were doctors went for long strikes just to ensure they get their benefits?

        These musicians have employed a lot of people, if they have maigauards in their well built masions, then someone somewhere is manning it. Some of them have chefs and assistants, people are getting employed man by these guys and you sure dont bexpect them to come running to tell you. Use your sixth sense man. Many guys have been given a lifeline through music and that simply tells you one thing – gainful employment. The new lifeline being thrown down will definitely go a long way in taking many other people off the streets. So let them campaign for GEJ cos they know what it means. A large number of these guys have seen poverty and even had to drop out of school as a result.

        You must probably have been away to the moon for a long time if you simply dont know that within the last twelve years, Dangote has set up several businesses all over Nigeria employing thousands of Nigerians in the process. Its the activities of these few people as you call it that also affects the overall GDP of our country Nigeria.

        And my friend, I am not an ememy of Nigeria….YOU ARE! Because you’re promoting an ideology we ought to do away with at all cost. Nigerians need to rise up, believe in themselves and do what they have to do to change their circumstances. No govt would come to your house and give you food..If you’re waiting for that kind of change, then you will be sitting on a long thing. We need to rise up and take our financial future into our hands. With or without the government we can make it…agaisnt all odds! That should be the spirit.. cos it only when you do that you would begin to spot opportunities that can easily change your conditions. But if you count yourself amongst the masses and keep sitting down there, you’ll just be waiting for a long tym.

  • Nathan April 6, 2011 at 6:21 am

    Some of the richest men you have in Nigeria today accumulated their wealth …I mean honest genuine wealth all thanks to the enabling environment produced by the Govt within the last 12yrs. Yes, I admit…It can be bettter but dont wipe out the numerous strides recorded by these acheivements on the grounds of nothing!

    And in case, you are still fuming at the Nollywood celebrities for supporting GEJ, you better think again and be honest with yourself! If a man has put in place machineries to release the sum of $200 million dollars as a source of funding to assist your present line of business, would you really wish him booted out of office? When he has told you that it would be as easy as ABC…Unless you’re hypocrites, you will never turn down such an offer and that is what these guys have done. Lent their unwavering support in the open to an ambition that has promised to listen to their cries and implement policies that would give their businesses a boost.

    Guyz, I don’t think its tym to beef but in case you’re among the multitude of Nigerians that usually wait for people to spoonfeed them, wait no more. Because the next sector you just have to watch out for in the next four years of a GEJ and PDP govt is the entertainment industry…And there’s a thousand and one businesses any dummy can do within that sector. If you’ve ever believed you can shoot a better movie, sing better and come up with better shows, now’s your time. There’s enough for everyone within that sector….In case you still don’t understand, I’ve already sent my younger bro on a music training program and am taking script writing lessons myself..This $200 million dollar redemption fund can power some of my life long projects. Nigeria is a land of opportunities, just open your eyes and see. If you’re still langusishing in odd jobs abroad, its time to come home..Stop hating…Pray for GEJ and the PDP to win so that more goodies like this can continue. They have the democratic structure at the moment to keep Nigeria united in one peice compared to those politicians stiring religious sentiments.

  • concerned fellow April 6, 2011 at 7:46 am

    In my personal opinion, i really do not see anything wrong with an “endorsement”, but not a paid advert guised underneath an endorsement. When people like Jay-Z endorse a candidate, they make their decision and go with the person they believe will enact change at NO cost.

    Integrity in this country is in shambles. You can go from end to end before you find someone who still has theirs. D’banj is nothing but a hustler and in the process of it, has lost his integrity. The “Our Time” idea was a very brilliant idea. However, before the Goodluck interview, the version shown was tweaked and didn’t convey the message behind the concert. Instead it was portrayed as all the celebrities endorsing GEJ. Total shame on whoever was behind that. (Apparently, i heard he was paid N200mill for the concert he had on the 25th of March)

    As regards the NOLLYWOOD folk, i cant totally say i blame them as they have a reason behind the campaign as they were promised more money into their industry IF the campaign they endorsed made it back to office.

    What loads of these folks who have no integrity is don’t remember is that “what goes around comes around”.

  • yoyo April 6, 2011 at 8:00 am

    If you commented on this post then you need to watch this video. Obviously not all artists are backing politicians
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owDymuA_0go

  • iyabo April 6, 2011 at 8:28 am

    if an artiste is using his/her star power to campaign for a politician because he/she is being paid, then that’s a sell out.

  • bobbydox April 6, 2011 at 10:14 am

    it baffles me at the level of people’s intelligence when they comment

  • Deborah Spence April 6, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    god help nigeria

  • NNENNE April 6, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Ladies and gentlemen, let’s not use BN to call names or promote our chosen candidates.Those of us who are in Nigeria should go out and vote for the candidate of their choice. I am hoping that in the future:
    1) Nigerians in diaspora can vote like other countries do. We are still Nigerian citizens.
    2)Money, tribe, religion,class etc should not decide who runs for elections. I am an Ibo woman but if someone like Governor Fashola runs for any political position, I will vote for him.WHY? He is brilliant, eloquent, has the ability to direct and manage, focused,foresighted, experienced and has a track record to show for it.
    3) No more sectional leaders.Be it at the national , state, or local government level because it is impossible for every section to produce a candidate.Who ever wins should represent all.
    4) Power sharing kills the spirit of democracy, healthy competition and makes it hard for the best candiate to win. Let the best candidates RUN and WIN, regardless of who they are, and which part of Nigeria that they come from.President Obama did not win just because he is a black man and white people have been ruling. He won because he has what it takes to do the job.
    May God bless Nigeria!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • NNENNE April 6, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    For presidency I would vote Goodluck Jonathan. WHY? For continuity. Let’s give him the benefit of doubt. He has been in office for less than four years. It is not fair to judge him since the constitution says each term is four years. He has a lot of propositions in place; especially, power/energy policies. Let’s give him time to see what he does with it. If a new man comes in, we will start all over again. It is not even guaranteed that he will be better. I can see where Olu Jacobs and the rest are coming from.

    Dear BN bloggers I did not collect any bribe from anybody and I don’t need one. All I want is a stable and progressive Nigeria. I want to live abroad out of choice and not that I need to.

  • ish April 6, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    I think most people are making a big deal out of this endorsement issue because its in PDP’s support, if it were aACN or CPC or evn ANPP I’m sure it would be a different case. Everyone has their own mind, Vote whoever you think is right for the job. The British are kicking themselves now for not giving Labour the majority because the coalition government of the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats is showing signs of favouritism for the upper class with their new policies. With regards to the debate, and it being the opportunity for every candidate to present their plans for the country if elected, for me personally, it doesn’t hold weight; Anyone can draw up a ‘to do list’, make it sound impressive, but when elected will not deliver. All in all if you are able to VOTE Wisely!

  • Raindrops April 7, 2011 at 1:02 am

    A few Qs: when Jonathan says he gives the entertainment industry, what, who or where is the entertainment industry? Who is entitled to the money or not? For what purpose exactly? Any deliverables? Whose money? From what part of the budget is this expense made? #justasking. Do we as a people think things through or make that demand from others, especially leaders?

  • vicks lemon plus! April 7, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    We should vote for a candidate that once he wins all the corrupt politicians will carry their passport and run!!!!!!!
    And i’m not talking of the one holding a broom and tinubu’s hand, his time is not now. We need Buhari to come and clear the mess and then in 2015 someone else takes over and consolidates what he has done. Buhari is 67 years so he has only one term in the office. We need him before it is too late cos after now he can never be an aspirant ( assuming there is still Nigeria and Democracy).

  • queen April 8, 2011 at 6:07 am

    First off, I still cant get over the washed out accent. Why do thse people feel the need to “fune”? I seriously dont get it. U either fune like a pro or dnt even try. its just pathetic. As for d campaign itself, i think its exactly what it is “a campaign”. My vote is still in my hands n i’ll cast it wisely.

  • ko-eazy! April 8, 2011 at 8:44 am

    This is a bloody sellout….Common, it’s so obvious. There is nothing wrong with celebrities endorsing a candidate but this is virtually the whole of Nollywood and that’s what makes it corny. We all know damn well that not all these guys would actually vote for him so clearly, they just did it for the money. And as for the money that was paid, if it was indeed given to the industry, then I see no reason why they should all feel obliged to campaign for him. This ad actually pisses me off.

  • chinwe April 8, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    @anon,pls stop this your ethnic issue,incase u dont know most pple l know are voting either buhari or ribadu and yes l am igbo but l m voting buhari.l hope he wins nigeria really need a change,corruption has eaten deep into our system and yes I M VOTING SOMEONE THAT WILL MAKE A POSITIVE IMPACT!!!.WE NEED CHANGE……

  • Wiklo April 10, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    @ ASH, RELOCATE BACK HOME FOR WHAT OR TO WHAT???…TO JOIN IN THE BRIBERY AND CORRUPTION THAT IS SO RAMPANT OR BE SWINDLED IN NO TIME WHILE TRYING TO FULFILL/IMPLEMENT A BUSINESS PLAN, ABEG GO SIDDON SOMEPLACE…

  • halima May 4, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Sellouts in other countries where u find celebrities endorsing politicians,they don’t get paid to do it.They do it out of their own will and not becos they were giving money out of public funds

  • oma-peduru May 5, 2011 at 7:52 am

    its only in this country that money comes with endorsement…. from what i have read and seen in the past even our “hollywood stars” came all out to throw their support and in some places raised funds as well as endorsed Obama’s presidential bid. nothing wrong with endorsing a politician what is wrong is if they are doing it for the money and not because they believe in him

  • chinny January 3, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Nearly 9 months later…amidst all the tension/setbacks Nigeria has faced since GEJ became president and his incompetent governing methods, I wonder if these ‘stars’ feel ashamed of themselves.
    Making uneducated choices…why endorse someone with no track record; just used this as a money-making opportunity and a chance to be relevant.
    mschewww

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