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Entertainers are going into Politics Because of Money, Clarion Chukwura Claims

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Clarion ChukwuraVeteran actress Clarion Chukwura is baring her thoughts on the fact that quite a number of Nigerian entertainers have showed an interest in being in Politics.

Nollywood names like Kate Henshaw, Kenneth Okonkwo, Desmond Elliot and more as well as music acts like Tony Tetuila, 9ice, Kenny St. Brown and comedian Julius Agwu have indicated that they will be vying for different political positions as against 2015.

In an interesting chat with Punch Newspaper, Clarion Chukwura states that the rush by Nollywood practitioners to join partisan politics is sheer hypocrisy. According to her, some artistes want to go into politics because they are not getting much money from their vocations.

She says, “The motive of those who are embracing partisan politics is purely monetary. Let us call a spade a spade. If you tell me that you want to go into politics to serve the people, I would want to look at your record first. I want to see what you have done to better the lives of the people in your immediate community. How many boreholes have you sunk in the community? How many hours of community service have you given for free over the last four or five years? How well are you known as somebody who yearns for improvement in social development?”

Do you think the entertainers are in it for the money or to make a change in Nigeria?

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21 Comments

  1. ejogene

    October 17, 2014 at 9:35 am

    HAhahahahahhahahaa true talk!

  2. Ada Nnewi

    October 17, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Money off course…This is a no brainer…

  3. Ada Nnewi

    October 17, 2014 at 9:36 am

    *of

  4. Adebayo Aishat

    October 17, 2014 at 9:39 am

    Deir in for de money & nt d pple warfare & bside why na, is all abt deir pocket.

  5. ch!

    October 17, 2014 at 9:39 am

    All of them are in it for the money!
    Some of them might end up doing something worthwhile if they eventually get the chance. Oh well! Only time would tell.. God is watching them in 3D.

    • nene

      October 17, 2014 at 10:41 am

      gbam

  6. austin

    October 17, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Clarion is very correct charity begins at home. They are broke simple.

  7. Beeeee

    October 17, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Abegi, I’m beginning to lose my respect for this woman. How many actors and actresses today really start acting because of passion? Are they not all looking for money? So i’m sure it’s okay to assume that she wants to become President of Actors Guild for money as well right? She should go and look for something worthwhile to do like mentoring upcoming actors and actresses instead of running her mouth like this. We are always crying in Nigeria that the younger ones are not stepping up to politics, causing these old men to keep recycling themselves. Now young ones are stepping up, people are complaining. I don’t think its fair to make a general statement like that.

    • FIZZICHILLIO

      October 17, 2014 at 5:23 pm

      Oga its not just about the younger generation. Yes, even though most of them did not join acting because of the passion for it but on what grounds will you place acting and politics as the same? These are two different forms of art! The outright reason is because they want to double their resources and that’s simple. How many of them know at least a tenth of the constitution? Well, you wont even blame them sef cos naija politics is a joke. Imagine Rotimi Amaechi boldly saying he ‘dashes’ Kate Henshaw money each time she visits Rivers State. claiming he encouraged her to join politics.. LOL!!

      #Fizz

    • Truth234

      October 19, 2014 at 9:05 am

      You are very right, I just want her to show us which among the older politicians have proven otherwise? If the younger ones are stepping up and someone like her is saying this, then the real nigerian issue is with us. We hate change and will do anything to subdue it, she has been in the industry like forever and didn’t much, now that she should rally round and support these young men she is saying something else. Or she prefer the old cargos?

  8. beauty

    October 17, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Nawa oh. I even heard tony tetuila does not have a car! Shock catch me!

    • teee

      October 17, 2014 at 11:15 am

      still laffn out loud..lol

  9. Tony

    October 17, 2014 at 11:21 am

    People get into different professions primarily for the money. Lets stop shouting. Has this aunty acted any movie for free. Please wona leave me with this passion story. Money is a motivator but that does not mean certain individuals can not lead just because they are in the acting sector.

    At the end of the day if you eat money and do a better job than the none actors who cares? This woman is a social critic. How many young actors has she also mentored? On interviews actresses hail Joke Silva, Mama Gee and others. What should we then say about you.

    Auntie please put mattress for down sleep.

  10. Teris

    October 17, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Don’t care. The d***wads that are on the scene are there for the money. D. Elliot & co are there for the money…and so? they have a right to contest as Nigerians.

    I see a scenario where D.Elliot & Co will drag their hoity-toity graduate friends who think they’re above grass-roots politics to these rallies for moral support…and then may be the educated class such your kind selves will get familiar with the turf and get involved! and then maybe we’ll see if the younger gen can truly make a difference. Or we’ll just prove that truly kuru-kere is bound in our blood.

  11. jake ro

    October 17, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    From what I can see the younger generation maybe the worst as they have no backgroung at all on how to take care of a state much less a nation.is about fame and money for them..I pray to be wrong but , there is not much hope cos, most nigerians are educated but truely ignorant of how the world works.they need more exposure on a lot of things.most still think like people in the dark ages.a real pity cos that nation has the potential to be a kind of hope for africa, but greed is ruining everything now.first, they should work on the rule of law , then come s building of the systems of government like, solid justice system for all, quality educational system, health system that works and so fort.

  12. Shadie

    October 17, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    And you nko? Nobody to sponsor you as that is your lifelong ambition to hold an elected position now that AGN position has been taken.

  13. ladyblaq

    October 17, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    ok……so this woman should just take a seat. she’s beginning to over do it.

  14. fleur

    October 18, 2014 at 1:47 am

    She is probably correct, after reading Amaechi’s comments about Kate Henshaw of all people. We all know Amaechi does not dash money because he wants to. For him to remember he gives her boat loads of it, he has been issuing boatloads and in return for something. Question is what services does she provide him. I don’t want to know. What an embarrassment to be called out like that in public. As my mother would say women wet dry waka up up are actually very proud of their accomplishments. I have no dog in this fight but I think that it would be so refreshing the day we see someone who has a vision that is inspiring, and is committed to service for the people. So far, only Lagos governor seems committed to the people. So Clarion’s mouth may be “strong” but she is pointing out the obvious. Make we no vex.

  15. fleur

    October 18, 2014 at 1:48 am

    “women wey dey waka up up…”

  16. Bola Odu

    October 18, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    I love this woman. She has said the truth

  17. bukola

    October 19, 2014 at 12:26 am

    Well let”s c what they are up to. Mrs Clarion had sad it all. But I think that is what Nigeria politics is all about. No passion again, They are all selfish set of people

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