Call it a season of political appointments for artistes and you may not be wrong. Nollywood actors are beginning to takeÂ the front seats in the scheme of things as they join forces with the powers-that-be to steer the ship ofÂ state.
Last week,Â embattled former national president of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Mr. Ejike Asiegbu, was appointed a Special Assistant on Entertainment to Governor Theodor Orji of Abia State.
Asiegbuâ€™s appointment came barely a month after hunk actor, Hank Anuku was also appointed a special adviser to the Delta State Governor, Uduaghan, on Tourism and Entertainment.
HVP gathered that the baritone voice actorâ€™s appointment took him by surprise.
Asiegbu, according a source, was sighted at the celebrity hangout, Oâ€™jez, in Surulere, last weekend, where he was celebrating and clinking glasses with his friends and well-wishes over his new appointment.
Asiegbu is believed to have paid his dues in the Nigerian entertainment industry. With a thriving career spanning over two decades, the University of Port-Harcourt, Theatre Arts graduate has traversed television and stage productions before berthing in Nollywoodâ€™s big screens as an actor.
Equally, Hank, HVPÂ learntÂ was appointed special adviser to Governor Uduaghan onÂ Tourism and Entertainment last month,Â succeeding actor Richard Mofe Damijo who was made the stateâ€™s Commissioner for Tourism. NotwithstandingÂ his long absence fromÂ the movie scene, this is a new dawn forÂ the actor.
By his new position, Hankâ€™sÂ lifestyle is sure toÂ receive a boost as he abandonsÂ his hobby of riding power bike for his new political appointment in addition to losing his casual and gangster dress sense for a suit, T Shirt and trousers with a pair of shoes to match.
Asiegbu and Hank have come of age, joining the likes ofÂ RMD, Okey Bakassi, Onyeka Onwenu, Bongos Ikwe and many other entertainers to make their input in governance.