Tanzanian singer Rayvanny has hinted that he may run for the Mbeya Urban parliamentary seat in the upcoming Tanzanian elections in 2025.
The music star revealed in a video posted on his TikTok account on Wednesday that if all goes well, he’ll be representing constituents very soon.
During the filming, a voice was heard addressing him as “Mbunge wa Mbeya Mjini (Member of Parliament of Mbeya Urban)” before asking him about his plans for his people.
In response, the 2017 BET Award winner accepted the honor and stated that he was more than willing to serve the people.
“Oh yeeh wana Mbeya Mjini… Mungu akijalia anytime… Itabidi tufanye kazi za wananchi,” Rayvanny disclosed.
Tanzanian entertainers who became politicians
If he does run for the seat, he will join a long list of prominent Tanzanian artists who have switched interest towards politics in the past to effect change!
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Hip hop singer Joseph Haule ‘Professor Jay’ was elected as the MP for Mikuni District in the 2015 elections on a CHADEMA (Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo) ticket.
Professor Jay began his music career in 1994 as a member of the group Hard Blasters, with a hit song called ‘Chemsha Bongo.’
He was elected as the new Mikumi constituency legislator after receiving 32,259 votes.
His desire to enter politics was inspired by rapper Joseph Mbilinyi, aka Mr. Sugu, who also won a seat on the same party ticket in 2010.
Tanzanian politics have been influenced by music, and musicians in the country have frequently taken on activist roles in Tanzanian society.
Celebrities entering politics is not a new phenomenon in the African continent. The trend is spreading from Tanzania to Kenya, Uganda, and even Nigeria, and more celebrities from various industries are joining the sphere.