Well well well! In what can be termed a surprise move, Hip hop crooner Olubankole Wellington better known as Banky W has signified his interest in running for Federal House of Representatives Eti-Osa local Government under the Modern Democratic Party in the upcoming 2019 elections and I have mixed feeling about this.
He released this statement on his Instagram account; ‘They said we don’t have the money to run.. we say we our strength lies in our numbers. They said we don’t have the structure, we say we will attempt to build it. They said “what if you lose”? I say, what if we win? You see, my entire life has been a story of just dreaming dreams, praying about those dreams, setting goals, and working until they come true. I can live with trying and failing. I can not live with not trying.
So while we may not have a godfather, we do have God. And we have vision. And intellectual capacity. And integrity. And the right intentions. And last but not least, a whole lot of hope. At the end of the day, hope may be all we have, but I believe that it is all we need. Thank you and God bless Nigeria.
I read this and at first had mixed feelings because; Well, he is a celebrity so I ask myself why does he feel the need to run? He has a great career and thriving business, a hot and talented wife and comes from a loaded family. Why run? But on the other hand, why not run? We have always complained in the past that many times, the people of the basest of characters always get into politics, many times succeed and then we are saddled with horrible governance, run by people with no vision other than to loot and satisfy selfish interests.
Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El Rufai once said ‘ you can not win elections on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram only. You have to join real politics and get your hands dirty’. http://saharareporters.com/2018/03/01/you-cant-win-election-twitter-facebook-others-gov-el-rufai-advises-nigerian-youths
For once, I agree with him. I read about Nigerian history and I cringe and I’m saddened to see that the names that were bandied around during the founding of our Nation 58 years ago are still the ones being mentioned now in our political arena. When will the younger ones have the chance to rule? This is the problem not just in Nigeria but Africa has a whole.
So I guess Banky has decided to take his advice and run. I think this is a good thing. I have noticed he has been very vocal about the youths for a long time not just recently but way before then. I remember an incident about 5 years or so ago where the then former FRCN Broadcaster Eddie Iro said some not so flattering things about Nollywood in This Day newspapers , Banky replied with a blistering and robust defense for the industry he was not even part of then. I was impressed and I noted him
So let him run… If the brightest and smartest contest, hopefully this debacle we have in Nigeria of having the smartest people in the land and in other countries and most backward government can be broken. What bothers me though is the reaction from the young people. You would think they would be happy that their own want to enter the political arena but nah! They are busy being angry, saying that this is ‘next level choppings’! I see it when Fela Durotoye too goes around canvassing for votes. I remember when Nollywood actor Desmond Elliot mentioned that he would run 4 years ago, the hue and cry, many from our youths was astonishing! Thankfully he ignored the naysayers, ran and won and has given a good account of himself and now he is everybody’s darling.
So run o, Banky! I wish you Godspeed, God’s favour and ofcourse His Divine Protection as you embark on this great journey.