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Nigerian Celebrities That Have Ventured Into Politics


In this article, I’ll list the popular Nigerian celebrities that have ventured into politics. They went from the big screens to politics. Nigerian actor, Desmond Elliot is not the first to venture into politics nor will he be the last from Nollywood to venture into the game of politics.

  • There are several Nigerian celebrities who have ventured into politics.
  • Desmond Elliot has been in politics for almost a decade. Actor Yul Edochie is also aiming to become Nigeria’s President.


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Recent news reported that Olubankole Wellington (Banky W) had won the Peoples Democratic Party primary election for Eti-Osa. In this article, I’ll be listing some of the most popular Nigerian celebrities that have ventured into politics.


Nigerian Celebrities That Have Ventured Into Politics

1 1. Desmond Elliot

1. Desmond Elliot
Desmond Elliot

Desmond has been involved in politics for nearly a decade. Desmond, a movie star, was first elected to office as a lawmaker in the Lagos State House Of Assembly for the Surulere Constituency.

2 2. Ini Edo

2. Ini Edo
Ini Edo

The veteran actress and film director has been in the Nollywood industry for more than two decades. In February of 2016, she was appointed the Special Assistant for tourism and culture by the current Akwa Ibom State Governor.

3 3. Richard Mofe-Damijo

3. Richard Mofe-Damijo
Richard Mofe-Damijo

In 2009, having appeared in numerous films, RMD was appointed as the Commissioner for Culture and Tourism to the then Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State. The term of RMD’s tenure lasted from 2009 until 2015.

4 4. Kate Henshaw

4. Kate Henshaw
Kate Henshaw

Kate once contested for power. She ran for the office in Cross Rivers State under the People’s Democratic Party. However, she was defeated at the primary, but she was elected as a Special Advisor, liaison, Lagos to Cross River State.

5 5. Kanayo O. Kanayo

5. Kanayo O. Kanayo
Kanayo O. Kanayo

The veteran actor was a part of the People’s Democratic Party in 2011. In order to be a candidate for the seat in the House of Representatives, a member of the Ahiazu/Ezinihite Mbaise Federal Constituency. However, he lost the primaries.

6 6. 9ice

6. 9ice

The ‘Gongo Aso’ hitmaker once contested a seat in the House of Representatives in Oyo state in 2015. Even though he couldn’t make it past the primaries, he got an appointment as the Special Assistant to the Governor on Youth Matters.

7 7. Zubby Michael

7. Zubby Michael
Zubby Michael

In the year 2019, this impressive and skilled Nigerian actor was selected by the Governor-in-waiting in Anambra State, Willie Obiano as his Special Advisor on Media.

8 8. Yul Edochie

8. Yul Edochie
Yul Edochie

In 2017, Yul was a candidate for the governorship of Anambra State under the Democratic People’s Congress. However, he failed to win the elections and was later appointed Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Creative & Entertainment Media to the Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, in July 2018.

The Nigerian actor and producer has since suggested that he might run as Nigeria’s President in 2023. Named in honour of the famous Russian actor Yul Brynner. Yul is the sixth child born to the legendary actor Pete Edochie.

9 9. Banky W

9. Banky W
Banky W

Nigerian musician changed into a politician and has won the PDP House of Representative Primaries for the Eti-Osa Federal Constituency. In the general election of 2019, he ran for the exact seat in the Modern Democratic Party, a political party that was founded in 2017 by several youth groups but was unable to win following the vote.



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