by Chi Ibe
In the past few months Nigerians have seen many of the country’s finest entertainers publicly endorse the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan for the 2011 elections. Surely the wide range of songs, voice overs and adverts which we have seen and heard – from Onyeka Onwenu’s ‘Run, Jonathan, Run‘ to the President’s interview with the Kokomaster – is enough.
Not nearly, it seems.
In a video advert which was recently released online, some of Nollywood’s top actors – Olu Jacobs, Ramsey Nouah, Stephanie Okereke, Genevieve Nnaji, Monalisa Chinda, Desmond Elliot and Ini Edo – take a stand for their “One Man”, Goodluck Jonathan.
The video, which was produced by Del-York International for The Gesi Asamowei Foundation, opens with Olu Jacobs characteristic firm baritone as he says, “Sorry it is too late, I am afraid we have made our decision. There is no turning back now,” he declares. The other actors take over from him, each proclaiming their desire for the return of President Jonathan. “Bottom line is I want him back!” Genevieve says, and with gusto, Ini Edo speaks: “But you know he can’t do it alone”, going on to canvass the support of “all of us”.
In one minute and two seconds, the video – with determined persuasion from the actors and dramatic background music – sends the message that the powerhouse that is Nollywood, is solidly behind President Jonathan.
What do you think of this? Watch the video HERE and let us know!