Popular Nigerian actor, Jim Iyke has opened up on why he decided not to get int politics in his country.
Sharing his career and life as a celebrity during an interview with BBC Igbo, Jim Iyke disclosed that he wanted to get into politics but he dumped it after he felt like he had to sell his soul of a sort.
The Nollywood legend indicated that he reckons that everyone can play his role in making the nation better and he can do his part and he bemoaned the fact that everyone wants to lead rather than be led.
He said, “I tried doing politics but what I was required to compromise was almost like selling your soul. I’m principled. I decided that there are different positions you can play on a field but the end result is to score goals.”
He added that “I decided to play my part, remaining a social critic, tell what needs to be told. It’s my advocacy. The day my people summon me to serve, then I come out. If there’s a jungle on earth, it’s Anambra politics. It’s a different game.”
“Everyone wants to lead rather than be led. Everyone has money. At the end of the day, it’s the same circle. I’m not small-minded. I know that if I foray into politics, it’s either it consumes me or I get what I want.”
“But I don’t want to be desperate or have a Godfather play me around like a puppet. I don’t want to stain myself,”