Nollywood actor and comedian, Nkem Owoh, has likened Nigeria’s political system to a ‘disease’ hence his refusal to join the train of endorsers.
One of the celebrities who have been cajoled on several occasions to endorse a political candidate and a party is actor Nkem Owoh.
He refused a whooping N10 million to endorse political candidate Tinubu some months ago. During an interview with the Punch, he stated that he has refused to join politics despite being lured by many people.
According to Nkem, politics in Nigeria is like a disease, and do not want to be infected with the disease.
He said: “Giving his views on the forthcoming election, the actor said, “I will just go and vote. I have tried to reject Nigerian politics in its entirety even though I know there are still some good people inside the polity, but the system is like a diseased mesh.
“People have tried to draw me into politics but I know that if I put my head into it, I will be infected with the disease and I don’t want it. So, I prefer to stay at the flank. The country will become better when we have reasonable leadership in all directions. And soon it is going to come because I can see the rumples.
TheNewsGuru.com (TNG) reports that in 2008, Nkem won the African Movie Academy Award for “Best Actor in a Leading Role” for his role in the Nigerian film, “Stronger than Pain”
He is also known for performing the song “I Go Chop Your Dollar” about advance fee fraud. The song was featured in the film The Master in which Owoh plays a scammer. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission banned the song.
In 2007, Nkem was arrested in Amsterdam, Netherlands (Bijlmermeer neighborhood in the Amsterdam Zuidoost borough) as the result of a seven-month investigation by the Dutch police dubbed “Operation Apollo”.
He was arrested while performing a musical show when the police raided the event and arrested 111 people on suspicion of lottery fraud and immigration violations. The actor was later released.
In November 2009, Nkem was kidnapped in eastern Nigeria. His kidnappers demanded a 15 million naira ransom. He was released after his family members allegedly paid a ransom fee of 1.4 million naira.