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Etcetera labels Celebs who Lobby for Candidates – “Political Prostitutes” in Punch | Do You Agree?

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Last election season, we asked BellaNaija-rians what you think about celebs endorsing political candidates and your opinions varied – (Click Here If You Missed It)

In his latest weekly column in Punch Newspaper, musician Etcetera took a stance against this trend by labelling artistes and actors who lobby for candidates, ‘political prostitutes’.

Here are some excerpts:

Etcetera Lists Some ‘Political Prostitutes’
Some say Afro Candy is a prostitute. Some say she’s not or at least, not yet. A few others say she’s a porn star, which is not in the same league as prostitution. Porn stars are taxed, prostitutes are not. So Afrolicious baybay, you have to up your game to get into the league of prostitutes, if it is what you really desire. My suggestion would be; instruct your agent or booker to get you appearances in any of the political campaign videos, so you can put to use that floppy behind your mama gave you. And if you are lucky enough, you can get cameos and wiggle that thing around the aspirants themselves. You have to get your bum (sorry your hands) bloodied to earn the highly coveted “Political prostitute” tag. Now my Candilicious Afrolistic baybay, these are a few names of the latest political prostitutes in the country: Olamide, Banky W, Don Jazzy, Flavour, Duncan Mighty, D’banj, Mercy Johnson, Ibinabo, Ini Edo, Mama Gee, Naeto C, Joseph Yobo, Daddy Showkey, Kanu Nwankwo, and Sammie Okposo.

States Average Nigerians Cannot Relate With Celebs
The politicians using celebs for their campaigns should ask themselves what on earth the average person has got in common with D’banj. He has millions and he may never have to lift a finger again in his life if he so desires. And you think the boys in Okokomaiko who are not smiling will listen to his unrealistic rants on TV and radio? Using a celeb for election campaigns is as stupid as the political aspirants themselves dancing in their campaign musical videos. Imagine Jimmy Agbaje and Ambode dancing in their campaign videos? Ok, I am sorry, no imagination is needed. I feel sorry for the politicians that Nigerians are not fooled by all the media images of celebs pushed at them every day on TV.

It has become so much that we can’t tell the difference anymore between political campaign videos and the Nigerian musical videos.

Read the entire article on Punch.

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So BN-ers, do you agree?

20 Comments

  1. Idomagirl

    February 15, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    Was this why MI went in on him?

  2. Changing Faces

    February 15, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    Freedom of association is a right guaranteed by our constitution! I don’t understand the need to bash others choices simply because it’s different from yours! They are firstly Nigerian citizens and should enjoy the same rights as others; they have an opinion, which everyone should. If their motivation is money, let their conscience do the judging. You contribute nothing by just sitting on the fence and criticising

    • *curious*

      February 15, 2015 at 8:56 pm

      My thoughts as well

  3. O~Intuition!

    February 15, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    Etcetera and Azuka can make Good Satirical Bloggers. They just need tone down on the Vindictive pulse of the content of their articles.

  4. Ayodele A. Ojo

    February 15, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    It must be noted that most of our artists are well travelled, so they are in a very good position when it comes to comparing what obtains in a place like Dubai and what is available back home. Here I am talking about the all important infrastructure development project.

    Now democratic politics is about numbers, which party or politician can influence the most number of people to vote in his/her favour to win a particular public office. Now if you are talking about influence, are we to say artists are not useful in influencing people, if your answer is no, they are not useful, you must be from Mars.

    If you are to research for example what is trending at the moment, it would most likely be linked to one artist or the other. Fashion, music, cars, even vocabulary, o, yes they have influence.

    A politician in his right mind should court that influence, why, because the youths should and must have a say in our today, in our tomorrow. From the artist point of view, if a candidate is seen to be the one to deliver on manifesto promises { leading to giant strides in development }, then such a person must be supported, even if that support is being paid for.

    Thanks to our talented artists, a few positives can be attributed to them, the image of our Nation abroad is being re-branded, from shows and concerts through the artist we earn foreign exchange which is usually brought back home and invested in property, and the economy at large.

    For anyone to call such people who not only have a legitimate right of association, but have an economic right to earn a living, political prostitutes, might himself be literally inadequate to understand the greater role/impact our artists are playing within and outside our community.

    So much so, that bodies like the United Nations seems it fit to tap into the influence of our artist to promote various causes around the globe.

    In summary, a few days ago here in London, on a cold wet morning, I went shopping to get a few items in the house, on entering the supermarket, a British high street brand, upon picking the items I required I went to the till to pay, it was then I realised the song playing through the store was familiar, yes it was a “9ja” tune, P-square to be precise.

    Carry go artist mi, support democracy, make your voices heard and if you get paid along the way, bank the money and support the jobs in the banking sector. Now that can’t be bad can it?

    Ayodele A. Ojo
    0817 424 9421

  5. Fatimah

    February 15, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    Etcetera is rude. There is a line between being bold, outspoken and being outrightly rude and he crosses it every damn time.

    Irrespective of political leaning, there are some people up there I wouldn’t dare tag political prostitutes. Never! Yes, they are celebs but at the of the day, they are Nigerians and they are affected by these things and yes their choice might not necessarily agree with mine but speaking out publicly about your choice or even ‘campaigning’ for the said candidate does not mean you are doing it for some sort of gain. Putting Kanu and Mercy J with some of the names up there is an insult biko. So what if they prefer PGEJ? It’s their choice!

    Even Don Jazzy has not endorsed any candidate this season, he is a huge Fashola fan but I am yet to see anything on Ambode or Buhari from him. Davido’s uncle is an APC chieftain in SW but the young man goes about his business. Providing entertainment at political rallies is not the same as political prostitution. That thing about average Nigerians not relating with celebs is naivety biko, you think awon boys cannot relate with Olamide or Reminisce or KWAM1? Choose the right musician for the right audience and you would begin to see relations.

    • Leah

      February 15, 2015 at 8:26 pm

      Is he being rude or are you just touchy? I think he is talking about celebrities that collect money from candidates in exchange to urge fans to vote for them. You are not naïve enough to think that a lot of money is not involved in that Nollywoods’ weekly trip to Aso Rock. Also this will not be the first or last time your Mercy J and the word prostitution will be mention in the same sentence, so insult to who exactly? What dose she do for a living besides rolling around in mud in those wack Asaba movies? Now she has two kids and a jobless husband to feed.

    • Fatimah

      February 15, 2015 at 9:37 pm

      I don’t even know where to start with you. You are just as rude as the etc individual. I used 4 people as an example and for some reason you decided to pounce on Mercy with this much vitriol. May the Lord be with you.

      I might be wrong but I have never seen Mercy J on any of these courtesy visits to Jonathan, if you have evidences to the contrary, please share. She is one of the most sought after actresses and gets paid well for it (at least by Nigerian standards), so I don’t see how taking care of her kids is your concern. This discussion is not even about Mercy so I find your derogatory comments and innuendos about her uncalled for and rather puzzling.

    • Mr Right

      February 15, 2015 at 11:23 pm

      I think you missed the point. Celebrities endorsing politicians has nothing to do with being “prostitutes”. As a matter of fact it’s done very well in western countries . If you called an artist to perform for you, he bills you cuz that is his source of livelihood. Even if they are being paid to campaign, point is that in politics nothing is for free not in Europe or America so Nigeria is no exception

  6. bruno

    February 15, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    political campaign videos are terribly embarrassing. i can not even watch them, they are so awful,I feel embarrassed for all celebs dancing in them. lol

    funke akindele, what were u thinking. (crying)

    I respect people like chimaamanda ngozi adichie, she said none of the people running for presidency, inspire her.

    • Mr Right

      February 15, 2015 at 11:27 pm

      Mr man even chimamanda does not inspire me. I see her taking to Soyinka. People who will never see anything good in any government. Abeg go rest

  7. Victoria

    February 15, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    @leah, well said dear…..I love folks that can speak the truth without fear or favour….all the individuals insulting ETC and azuka please there is limit to human endurance so easy on them bcos am willing to curse the living day light out of any fake, fearful, and non reality people….Nigerians be aware no celebrity will do anything especially with politicians in Nigeria without the exchange or benefits of monetary value…..it all a hustle at the end of the day for them both male or female at the most don’t blame them bcos the country is hard , the girls need to keep up with whatever and the one with families, relatives and jobless husbands at the end of the day money need to come out from somewhere.
    I love my azuka and etc any day and time……..
    078*******9

  8. concerned

    February 15, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    Etcetera, there is a fine line between constructive criticism and bad belle-ism.

  9. Cash point

    February 15, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    This is why I respect Omotola . Not many artistes have integrity. Now that is one celebrity , the first I can trust…at least so far.
    The rest? I rest my case.

    • Tim

      February 16, 2015 at 8:19 am

      Good thing you said…. “at least so far”

  10. Olori Tari

    February 15, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    I read the first paragraph again and again. I mean the paragraph where he mentioned the ‘political prostitutes’… Just to see if M.I’s name was there. Yuu mean this guy did not mention M.I but MI went to Twitter and started crying and ranting as usual. Talking about how they started together but he is talking because he hasn’t gotten to the level where politicians would call him too and all sort (paraphrasing here). Or the retweets I was seeing wasn’t from MI? So it wasn’t a one man attack?

    Make una dey cool temper small small oo chocolate City guys… One day it is ICe Prince and MI shitting on their pants because they compared the both of them. Another day it is this one. Like, are yuu the fursttttt?

    Feel free to tell me if he mentioned him in other parts of the article tho because Etcetra himself is not someone yuu read for too long…

  11. Miiie

    February 16, 2015 at 12:03 am

    i see reasons 2 wat etc is saying. U can imagine AMBODE’s campaign video wif lik 10 artist in it jumping & screaming lik God knows wat & dey re screaming change change ere & der. am sure k1 wud av realised a whole record 4 him 2. When/if he wins d 1st tin he ll do is aquire all d money he spent on campaign & awa so called artists & actors ll be d 1st 2 preach against politics wen nigerians become uncomfy cos we sold awa votes ova mere music video. God help us see tru der dirty games #amen

    • Petite me

      February 16, 2015 at 10:15 am

      Hi Miie. You right funny. Why would you write ‘awa’ instead of ‘our’?. Aren’t they the same number of letters? Same with other words. I think you should learn to write better . I hope this didn’t come off as rude

    • Petite me

      February 16, 2015 at 10:17 am

      ***write***

    • Anon

      February 16, 2015 at 4:26 pm

      Some people just cannot spell.

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