It was a day of long speeches and fraternalization last Saturday as members of the Association of Nollywood Core Producers(ANCOP) and their friends gathered at a hangout in Festac town, Lagos, to bid farewell to their former president, Mr Alex Eyengho .
Eyengho is running for the Warri-South West seat in the Delta State House of Assembly in this forthcoming general elections.
He picked the Action Congress of Nigeria(ACN) sole ticket for the Warri-South West Constituency in the Delta House of Assembly, at the primaries of the party held recently in Effurum, Delta State.
Eyengho would, in the April 2011 polls slog it out with the candidate of other political parties, including the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) candidate, Hon. Daniel Mayuku, a sitting member of the Delta Assembly who is seeking a third term in office.
At the well attended gathering, the new president of ANCOP, Mr Harris Chuma saluted Mr. Eyengho’s decision to go into politics, pledging the unflinching support of the association towards the actualisation of his political ambition.
ANCOP BoT chairman, Igwe Gab Okoye a.k.a Gabosky and the Regional Secretary, Pan African Federation of Filmmakers(FEPACI) collectively called on Nollywood practitioners to endeavour to involve themselves in politics as a way making their impact felt in the country.
Particularly, Chikwendu noted that the exemplary steps taken by Mr. Eyegho should serve as an inspiration to other Nollywood practitioners who may nurse the ambition to go into politics in future. Mr. Chris Ekejimbe, a member of ANCOP- BoT also gave his own blessing.
In his farewell address, Mr Eyengho said, his venturing into politics was informed by the need to prove to the world that something good can come out of Nollywood.
“Gone are the days when people see the entertainment sector as a place meant for drop-outs and never-do-well people in society”, Eyengho slapped, adding that the essence of the gathering was to seek the endorsement of his colleagues, and also asked for their prayers.
Until his foray into partisan politics recently, Eyengho was a notable film maker, and publisher/Editor-in-Chief of Warri Mirror a grassroot magazine ubiquitous in Delta State and the Niger Delta region.
Another Nollywood star for Lagos Assembly
Few weeks after top Nollywood producer, Alex Eyengho picked the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) sole ticket to represent the Warri South-West Constituency in the Delta State House of Assembly, another Nollywood practitioner, Mr. Augustine Ejike Metusela has toed the line.
Metu, top actor cum businessman recently picked the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP)ticket to represent Amuwo-Odofin Constituency in the Lagos State House of Assembly.
A thoroughbred grass root politician and former Students Union Leader on campus, Mr. Metu said he is temporarily abandoning the motion picture industry, which brought him fame and fortune, for the murky waters of Nigerian politics to practice what he preaches on screen.
Interestingly, Metu, whose wondrous roles in monster hit movies like: “Rattle Snake”, ‘Taboo”, “Battle of Musaga’, “Father Tansi” and several other blockbusters, is still fresh in the minds of movie buffs, is proudly contesting on the platform of the United Nigerian Peoples Party (UNPP).
Already, Metu’s colleagues in Nollywood, are drumming up massive support for him, and are also calling on stakeholders and fans of Nollywood living within his constituency, especially the Festac axis, to vote him in.
Speaking with HVP recently, the pioneer actor muted “ I’m not going into politics to either victimise anybody or to be selfish. Rather my intention is to project the interest of my constituency, I’m going to operate an ope-door policy. Metu, who is on the verge of making history in Lagos said his colleagues in the industry alongside the various guilds in Nollywood, are solidly behind him.