Brymo Says Musicians Who Turn Politicians Are “Thieves”
Popular Nigerian singer and songwriter, Olawale Ashimi, with the stage name, Brymo, has reportedly described musicians who “suddenly” leave their craft for politics as “thieves”.
The “Ba nuso” singer was said to have made this known in a recent interview with Sahara TV at the recently concluded 2018 Ake Books and Arts Festival.
The singer, who once sang and performed semi-nude, said that musicians have many issues to address within the entertainment industry, and should focus on that, rather than “suddenly dumping music for politics”.
His words: “I think it is a very difficult move in the sense that there are years invested in every industry. So, you’ve been a musician for 10 to 15 years, and suddenly you dump that to go and become a politician and run for office. You’re just a thief, because there are issues in the entertainment industry you can take part in to fix. Why do you have to run for public office? There are things you can do as a musician in your own music industry and make things better there. If you cannot make things better there, how are you going to make things better in public office?
“I believe everybody should stay in their lane. Let musicians be musicians and let politicians be politicians; let everybody do their job. I have invested 15 years in music and I have no intention to throw all that away for another career. This is my career; this Brymo. I feel everybody should treat their music that way and leave politics alone for politicians.”