A Nollywood actor and director, Ralphel Adeniyi Stevens, has thrown his weight behind his colleagues, who have indicated interest to join politics in the next general election, he supports Nollywood stars like Kate Henshaw who is aspiring to represent Calabar Municipal/Odukpani federal constituency at the House of Representative of Cross River State and Desmond Elliot who recently indicated interest in politics.
Stevens, who spoke at the fifth anniversary of Royal Vision Entertainment Home, a non-governmental organisation, said “I see it as a very, very welcome development. I think it’s long overdue. You know that some of the celebrities are being picked out to become special advisers, commissioners and all that.
“We (Nollywood) control a good percentage of the economy of the country. In view of that, it is high time we started looking inwards, so technocrats, as we call ourselves in our own field, there are a lot of things we can do. For instance, in my state, Kogi State, the state is not as welcoming to practitioners like other states”, he said.
The Kogi born actor also hinted he could join politics in the future, saying “I think it is very important that at this point that people like us should be welcomed in politics. There are a lot of things that have been said about politics. People keep asking why am I concerned people in government.
“It is only God that owns the future but I will love to if given a level playing field, I will love to. But right now I want to sit down as a political observer and see what we can push from our own side as political observers”, he noted.
The host of the event, Prince IV Nwachineke on his part disclosed that his group have been providing jobs for youths through entertainment.