Genevieve Nnaji, Olu Jacobs endorse President Jonathan – What do you think?

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!

Comments (9)

  1. This realy shows how entertainment has grown wide within the stakes of Naija.

  2. @Dayo Bello and Co. Freedom of speech, freedom of association, freedom of expression etc… These are the bedrock on which human rights stand. Nollywood actors have the right to campaign 4 whomever they choose. Attempting to denigrate their personalities for using their skills to promote their interests and the interests of their industry is simply unfair. How do you know they can not explain GEJ's programme? How educated or exposed are you yourself compared to the likes of Olu Jacobs and co? They may not be able to influence your bigotry but they certainly have their own devoted fans; something they achieved thru a dint of hardwork.

  3. Well ‎​I think its wrong for Nollywood Stars to endorse any Presidential Aspirant, they are Public Figures and they are expected to be neutral. Its so obvious they all wanted money or some political offices or assume they are showing Appreciation to the President for the fund he released to the industry. Absolutely Wrong.

  4. Nollywood stars or not, everyone has a right to support his/her candidate. Jonathan Goodluck/Sambo cannot take Nigeria to the promise land. We need to break away from the spell of PDP, Even though I'm not going to be voting for anyone. I am confident that Pat Utomi will deliver.

    1. Why won't you be voting? We hope you vote, because it's your right and responsibility. #RSVP

  5. This people hold no influence beyond their bedrooms.Who cares about what they think.If you sit one on one with them and you ask them to explain the programmes of GEJ,they would look diddly squat.They are not Jay-Z or Nas who command great followship among their listeners and followers in their countries.None of them can ask Nigerians to rally out and we would obey.We know the deal,its all about the money.But everyman is entitled to his ideas and opinions,just dont make it sound like they know all.

  6. They were paid to do this endorsement, that's the big problem. simple. How much they were paid ain't no issue at all.

  7. The problem is that these stars were paid a couple of millions to do this. They are so cheap and I am ashamed that they are unapologetic for such a selfish act. Nollywood people like money so much that they will sell their souls for one naira. I am sure they have already spent the money on bags and shoes. Fools

    1. C Green: How do you know how much they were paid? Do you manage any of the acts?

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