By Jennifer Y Omiloli
Popular Nigerian singer Banky W has joined the growing list of Nigerian entertainers to dive into politics.
The award-winning singer took to his Instagram page to reveal his intention to run for political office.
Banky W wrote on his Instagram page;
“They said we don’t have the money to run.. we say we our strength lies in our numbers. They said we don’t have the structure, we say we will attempt to build it. They said “what if you lose”? I say, what if we win?
You see, my entire life has been a story of just dreaming dreams, praying about those dreams, setting goals, and working until they come true. I can live with trying and failing. I can not live with not trying.
So while we may not have a godfather, we do have God. And we have vision. And intellectual capacity. And integrity. And the right intentions. And last but not least, a whole lot of hope.”
He also made the revelation at an event in Lagos when he disclosed that he will be running for the Federal House of Representative under Modern Democratic Party, a political party founded in 2017 by some youth association.
“There is a need for renewed hope and results, just like the rest of Nigeria,” he noted at the event.
“Our generation needs a realistic rallying point. We need to begin in community, earn our way into the system and up the ladder. We need someone to stick their neck out and pave the way.
“The problem is that we’ve always looked only to our leaders for change… instead of looking in the mirror and at the neighbors around us. Isn’t it ironic that we are the ones we’ve been waiting for all along?
“I have shared this vision with quite a few people. Some have been incredibly supportive, but some have advised against it. I am under no illusions that this run will be easy. Considering who we are going up against, this is almost impossible. They said we don’t have the money to run… we say our strength lies in our numbers. They said we don’t have the structure, we say we will attempt to build it. They said “what if you lose”? I say, what if we win? ”
The singer and actor seeks to represent Eti-Osa Local Government Area in Lagos.