Why I And Other Yoruba Actors Are Supporting Tinubu – Jide Kosoko
During the week, some Nigerians criticised a video where some actors of Yoruba extraction such as Jike Kosoko, Adebayo Salami (Oga Bello), Yinka Quadri and Funke Daramola-Salako showed support for the political ambition of former Lagos State Governor and presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu.
Some were of the view that celebs should not use their star power to campaign for politicians.
However, in an interview with Saturday Beats, Kosoko stated that Tinubu had done a lot for the movie industry. He said, “Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is not just a leader of note, he is a father figure and benefactor.
“I have benefited from him and his wife. As a matter of fact, I have had a relationship with his family for a long time. He is a focused leader; a leader of all leaders.
“He has personally developed many people in our industry, especially those that had health challenges. For example, when actress, Moji Olaiya, died in Canada, he was responsible for everything that had to with transporting her body back home.
“If you observe his wife, you will see that she is a very quiet woman that does a lot for people. I know the number of sick people (in the industry) that she has also sent money to.
“The film industry has enjoyed Tinubu, as he was the first person to give us several hectares of land in Badagry to construct a film village.
“The succeeding administration gave us reasons the place was not conducive enough, and immediately, an effort was made to give us another place in Epe.”