Veteran Ghanaian musician, Rex Omar has advised celebrities, especially musicians who wish to endorse various political parties during elections to be aware of the consequences associated with the decision.
The celebrated musician, also the spokesperson for the National Democratic Congress’ 2020 elections campaign on Creative Arts, mentioned some possible setbacks in endorsing political parties as losing opportunities to be at certain events as well as being hated for no reason.
In an interview with Kwabena Kyenkyenhene Boateng (KKB) on MX24 TV, despite all the setbacks, he has never for once decided to quit being a member of the party since he is in it “for policy change and to contribute to the socio-economic development of this country.”
“I strongly believe that if you have a conviction and an ideology of a political party, you just don’t quit to join another party.
“If you know you don’t have the political flare, don’t endorse any political party. There are so many shows where people see my name on the flyer and say they won’t come because of my affiliation but I don’t care…People will hate you for reasons that does not exist because of your affiliation,” he explained.
He, however, bemoaned the practice of some Ghanaians picking on celebrities because of their political affiliation.
According to him, once lawyers, doctors or teachers can venture into politics, musicians or people in the creative arts industry must be allowed to do same.
The most important thing is when people are deciding to go open and endorse a political party, they should also realize that the country we have not come to terms, Ghana has not come to a level where we will understand these things. I don’t see why artists cannot get into front line politics, medical doctors, teachers, lawyers are in front line politics so I don’t see why artists can’t get into frontline politics,” he added.