As people like Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump might have shown, there is something politics and entertainment have in common. They are about winning hearts and minds of the people who are observing.
The success stories of those two actors who became US presidents have been attempted across the world with varying degrees of success.
In Ghana, we have had actors who have exchanged one camera lens for another just so they could talk about policies. And interestingly, a good number of them represent the National Democratic Congree (NDC).
YEN.com.gh lists the top five actors who have delved into full-time politics in recent Ghanaian history.
1. Grace Omaboe
Grace Omaboe, also known as Maame Dokono, before getting in politics, was famous for her role in Ghana Television series, "Obra".
The veteran actress was a favorite of children in the late 1990s and early 2000s when she hosted "By The Fireside".
Omaboe started out as a member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), went to the NDC and then came back to the NPP before the 2016 elections.
2. Fritz Baffour
Fritz Baffour was a journalist, stand-up comedian, and actor. He was also a reputed consultant to the government of Jerry John Rawlings on media affairs.
He contested for the Ablekuma South seat in 2012 and won. Subsequently, he was appointed the Minister for information by President John Mills in 2012.
3. Dzifa Gomashie
Dzifa Gomashie, who is one of Ghana’s talented and experienced actresses, made her acting debut in 1985 with Talents Theatre Company.
President John Mahama in 2013 appointed her as a Deputy Minister. She has however indicated that she is now a full-time politician.
4. Ebi Bright
Actress Ebi Bright went unopposed in the 2015 primaries on the NDC for the elections of 2016. She then contested the seat of Tema Central Constituency in the Greater Accra region against NPP’s Kofi Brako. but lost.
There no indications that she has quit politics.
5. Kwame Dzokoto
Kwame Dzokoto gained a lot of prominence after he starred in hit TV show, "Efiewura". He then started hosting ‘Edziban’, TV show on Ghanaian foods.
In 2016, he was the NDC Parliamentary Candidate for the Tarkwa Nsuaem Constituency but lost to his NPP challenger.
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