ENTERTAINERS WHO TRIED POLITICS
There has been a poster doing rounds depicting that “Benefactor” singer Akothee is running for Migori Women Rep seat. Though she has refuted those claims saying that she is too young to engage in such stressing stuff, we don’t think politics is exclusive to the old. In fact, there are people who have tried their hands in politics, straight from their entertaining roles. Some succeeded while some lived to fight another day. Here we take a look at some of them.
- Wyclef Jean.
After the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti early 2013, Wyclef Jean played a great part in the rescue missions and set up a foundation that was helping the survivors. He was very vocal in the aid mission and later he opted to run for presidency. However, according to the country’s constitution, one had to be a resident of Haiti to be eligible for election. This smashed his hopes of running for presidency which he’d have easily won, since he largely lives in the US. The ‘Sweetest Girl’ singer expressed his disappointment but urged his supporters to keep calm, maintain law and order.
2. Andry Rajoelina
Andry was a Dj in Madagascar’s capital Antananarivo. He began deejaying at an early age and by 20 he was already popular in the city’s clubs. He became huge, began promoting other performers and soon he had his own radio station called Viva Radio. By 2007, the now popular guy defeated major contenders like the incumbent Rafalimanana to become Antananarivo’s mayor. He then successfully ousted the then president mark Ravalomanana in 2009 to become Africa’s youngest president.
3. Professor Jay.
We all know this guy, the “Hapo Vipi hapo Sawa” hitmaker. Professor Jay is a pioneer of Tanzanian Hip-Hop whose music moved people. He urged people to shun wrong ways, advocated for good governance in some of his songs and when he ran for a parliamentary seat in Mikumi Constituency, his fans translated to votes.
Gospel artiste Alex Ringtone Apoko tried his hand in politics. He took part in a by-election in Kitutu Masaba coming a distant eight in 2011. He has however shown signs of intending to try it again, this time here in Nairobi.
There’s that guy who used to act as the late Mama Lucy Kibaki (RiP) in Redykulass. Remember him? Together with kina Nyambane, Kiarie John, yes that one. He too has tried more than once a hand in vying for the parliamentary seat in Dagorreti North. He has however not succeeded, but he’s still active in the arena.