There is no doubt that the outgoing administration of President Goodluck Jonathan favoured Nigerian entertainers across the country.
Several entertainers benefited from federal appointments, just as special intervention funds were made available to develop the entertainment industry.
This goodwill trickled down as various state governments in turn recognised Nigerian entertainers, previously seen as “unserious” by many.
In Edo State for instance, the Comrade Governor Adams Oshiomhole appointed at least four entertainers as Senior Special Assistants, even as Edo State became a Mecca of some sort to musicians, comedians, actors, et’all.
One of such beneficiaries of the new wave of recognition enjoyed by Nigerian entertainers and Senior Special Assistant to Govornor Adams Oshiomhole on entertainment, Rolland Igbadumhe a.k.a. Youngest Oldman, has therefore called on the president elect, Gen. Muhamadu Buhari, and the All Progressives Congress, APC, to continue to recognise Nigerian entertainers as this would go a long way in boosting the fortunes of the industry, and reducing the appalling level of youth unemployment.
“The opportunity given to us has been so beneficial to me; the call to service has helped to transform my personality and has given us entertainers the opportunity to become role models to youths around us,” Youngest Oldman said.
According to him, he is particularly overwhelmed by the opportunity given to his colleagues and him, to serve in the comrade Adams Aliu Oshiomole administration, and that it has been wonderful working closely with the Comrade Governor and his deputy, Dr Pius Odubu, as “there has never been any government in the history of Edo State that has empowered the youths in all capacity, like this present administration that has given the youths an opportunity to participate in governance.”
He therefore called on the president elect, as well as leaders of the APC, to continue to recognise Nigerian youths and entertainers in their cabinet, as the industry has given hope to countless number of Nigerian youths who ordinarily may not have been employed.
“We do hope his new political change will improve on the standard and opportunities available for entertainers and also create a means to reduce the unemployment rate among the youths. In view of the positions given to entertainers in the Edo State, other states should emulate this development, because many young artistes and other professionals are hoping to leverage on this development to project their potentials when the opportunity comes for service,” he said.

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