Bongo Star Professor Jay clinches political seat
Joseph Haule, popularly known as Professor Jay, has been elected as the Member of Parliament for Mikumi Constituency, Tanzania.
The Bongo Flava star sailed through to occupy the seat on the Chadema party ticket after a tough contest from his counterparts at the elections held on Monday.
Professor Jay, who joined the politics in 2014, announced in May that he was ready to represent Mikumi residents.
So what prompted the talented artist switch careers from entertainment to politics?
“I have decided to contest because Mikumi is my hometown and I want to implement what I have been singing in my songs,” revealed Haule in an interview with Clouds FM.
In one of his songs, Ndio Mzee, he imitates an elderly politician and ridicules the fake promises leaders make as they campaign for seats.
The song continues with a chorus saying the words ndio mzee, (translation: “yes sir”) to represent the brain washing of the gulible public.
Ndio Mzee was successful, and it was used during the presidential elections by majority of the candidates in a bid to amuse and attract youthful voters.
The Zali la Mentali hit-maker has remained relevant in the Tanzanian music industry despite the influx of numerous bidders.
His other songs include Yataka Moyo, Piga Makofi and Nikusaidiaje.
Prof J is not the first musician in Tanzania to run for office; Mr Sugu has been the MP for Mbeya for the last five years.
Other celebrities who have expressed interest in political office include Miss Tanzania 2006 Wema Sepetu, Bongo star Diamond Platnumz, and Wanaume TMK’s manager, Said Fella.
Wema Sepetu’s political aspirations were short lived when she lost to other contestants in the race for special seats in Singida.
She was ranked fourth out of the 30 contestants, and this was not a bad outcome given that it was her first foray into politics.
Conceding defeat, the model turned actor said that it was just the beginning of her political journey. She added that she was following in the footsteps of her late father, Mzee Isaac Sepetu.
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