Politics Was Difficult For Me – Onyeka Onwenu


Iconic singer and actress, Onyeka Onwenu, has revealed that her foray into partisan politics was not easy. She said despite been born into a politically active family, her involvement in politics was never part of her plans in life.

She said,

“It was not easy. I never planned to go into politics, even though I was born into a political family. My father was the first Arondizuogu man to be in the House of Representative in the first Republic. He worked with people like Mazi Mbonu Ojike who was his best friend

“That was my story. I’m the last child of my parents, but I never knew I would go into politics. What inspired my decision to go into politics was the need to help my people. I realized there is so much I could do for them”

“But as a politician, I can help to make laws or execute projects that will affect people’s lives. So, I just woke up one day and said, I’m vying for the local government chairmanship. I didn’t know it was going to work out. It started a political process for me. Who knows where it’s going to take me”

But I’m proud of everything that I have done over the years,” she stated.

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Onyeka Onwenu was relieved of her duties as Director General, DG, of the National Center for Women Development in February after President Muhammadu Buhari took over power.

Speaking further, the veteran singer said she was concerned about the nature of the music videos produced today, wondering why the women folk were constantly involved in displaying their bodies on air.

Asked if she thinks the present music trend in Nigeria conveyed powerful messages like in the time of old, Onwenu said,

“Let’s give the young ones a break. I also sang a lot of love songs, love songs are good.”

“But the only thing I’m worried about is this shaking..shaking ..shaking of a thing. It’s getting too much and I’m always wondering why it’s only the women who are ‘shaking’.

“Let the men also go and shake their own so that we can see. But it’s a process and I’m happy, they are enjoying their young years,” she quipped.