'As Stars, I think we're supposed to be worshiped, not worshiping others' - Saidi Balogun speaks on entertainers and politics, and on piracy being the cause of poverty in the industry.
Popular Yoruba actor, Saidi Balogun says most entertainers run after politicians because of poverty.
The actor made the above statement in a recent interview with Encomium magazine.
According to Saidi, celebrities should be worshiped and not worshiping politicians; I think we're supposed to be worshiped, not worshiping others. Even if a governor holds your hand, he's supposed to be happy".
Saidi also blamed the poverty in the industry on piracy;
"(Poverty), that's why you see some of our people running helter-skelter, campaigning for all these politicians. But there's one question we have all not asked, and that's what makes American artists donate to politicians while the actors here in Nigeria are asking from politicians. "
"Every member of the National Assembly has not made an reasonable law on piracy which has devoured the industry. So, there's poverty in the industry."
"If there's not, you won't see our people flocking around all these politicians, campaigning, singing and dancing for them. I saw a candidate being surrounded by some of our colleagues; I now said to myself, 'if this man eventually wins, how many actors or musicians will he remember? "
"Although some are doing it to make ends meet. And it's sad because we're stars. I think we're supposed to be worshiped, not worshiping others. Even if a governor holds your hand, he's supposed to be happy. But now, the reverse is the case".
Source: Encomium Magazine.