Actor Kenneth Okonkwo to contest in Enugu gubernatorial elections
Ahead of Nigeria’s 2019 general elections, Nollywood actor, Kenneth Okonkwo, has declared his intentions to run for the position of Enugu State governor.
The ‘Living In Bondage’ star declared his ambition over the weekend under the platform of the All Progressive Congress, APC, in Enugu with the immediate past governor of the state, Sullivan Chime, in attendance.
“I just declared my intention to contest for the Governorship candidate of APC in Enugu State,” Okonkwo who is also a lawyer, announced on his Instagram page on Sunday.
“It was heartwarming to receive the blessings of the immediate past Governor of Enugu State, His Excellency, Gov Sullivan Chime. To God be the glory.”
Adding to his intention to run for the office of the governor of Enugu State, Okonkwo also wrote: “It’s time for Nollywood to produce an Executive to fulfill our Nollywood dreams.
Kenneth Okonkwo is a famous Nollywood actor, director, producer, television personality, entrepreneur, investor, politician and a philanthropist. He was born on 6th November, 1965 in Nsukka, Enugu State in the south eastern part of Nigeria. He is currently 52 years old. Kenneth Okonkwo completed his primary and secondary school education in Lagos State in the south western part of Nigeria and obtained his First School Leaving Certificate and West African Senior School Certificate.
After completing his secondary school education, Kenneth Okonkwo proceeded to University of Nigeria, Nsukka in Enugu State, Nigeria and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. He later went further to obtain a Masters Degree in International Law and Diplomacy from the University of Lagos, Nigeria.
In 1991, Kenneth Okonkwo joined the Nigeria movie industry (Nollywood) and started attending movies auditions and appearing in television series and soap opera. In 1992, Kenneth Okonkwo rose to fame after starring in the Nollywood blockbuster movie “Living in Bondage” a movie that brought Nollywood to limelight.
Kenneth Okonkwo is one of the pioneers of the Nigerian movie industry (Nollywood) and contributed immensely to the growth of Nollywood in Nigeria and abroad. Kenneth Okonkwo became very famous after playing the role of Andy in the Nollywood blockbuster movie “Living in Bondage” a movie that gave birth to Nollywood. The movie won him an award for Best Actor in Nigeria at the Africa Movie Academy Awards.
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In a statement in Abuja on Sunday, Adeosun said the President also granted a grace period of 90 days to manufacturers of the products before the commencement of the new duty regime.
She said the new excise duty rates would spread over a three-year period from 2018 to 2020 in order to moderate the impact on prices of the products.
The minister said the new duty regime followed all-inclusive stakeholder engagements by the Tariff Technical Committee of the Federal Ministry of Finance with key industry stakeholders.
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The Organised Private Sector, OPS has already indicated that it will resist the review which it said has led to 200 percent increase in Land Use Charge.
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ADP also argued that the increase would lead to an upsurge in rents paid by Lagosians and subsequently render many homeless.
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In his condolence message to the Nigerian international on Sunday, Senator Shehu Sani, representing Kaduna Central in the National Assembly tweeted:
”My condolences to my friend, Mathematical Segun Odegbami over the passing away of his beloved Mother. May her soul Rest In Peace. Amin.”
Segun Odegbami had last month on the occasion of the 97th birthday of his mother extolled her qualities, describing her as a discplinarian.
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