Here are five Nigerian celebrities holding political offices:
· Bob-Manuel Udokwu
Anambra Governor Charles Soludo appointed actor, Bob-Manuel Udokwu, as his Special Adviser on entertainment, leisure, and tourism on April 19, 2022.
His appointment makes it the third consecutive time Bob-Manuel has been named as a political appointee for three different Anambra Governors.
He was named the senior special assistant on creative media during Peter Obi’s tenure and was tapped by Willie Obiano as an aide on the movie and entertainment industry.
Cross River Governor Ben Ayade appointed on September 2, 2021 appointed R&B singer Iyanya Mbuk, his Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on tourism and entertainment.
The ‘Kukere’ crooner’s appointment was announced in a statement by Christian Ita, the Senior Special Adviser (SSA) on Media and Publicity to Ayade.
Ubi Franklin, who occupied the position, took to his Instagram page to congratulate Iyanya on his appointment.
· Desmond Elliot
The actor has starred in over 200 films and a number of television shows and soap operas.
Elliot declared his intentions in September 2014 to run for Lagos Assembly under the All-Progressives Congress (APC).
He was elected as a lawmaker for Surulere Constituency in the April 11, 2015 general elections.
· Shina Abiola Peller
Shina Abiola Peller is a Nigerian entrepreneur, Industrialist, and a member of the 9th National Assembly.
He is the chairman and chief executive officer of Aquila Group of Companies and Club Quilox.
He won the Iseyin/Itesiwaju/Iwajowa/Kajola Federal Constituency in Oyo State for House of Representatives seat on February 23, 2019.
· Oloye Akin Alabi
The entrepreneur, author and philanthropist is the founder of NairaBET.com, Nigeria’s first sports betting company.
He won the election as House of Representatives member for the Egbeda/Ona Ara federal constituency in Oyo State at the 2019 general elections.
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