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Eko Politics: Desmond “@deselliot” Elliot explains why he had always left out ‘Shola’ from his name

by Anike Jacobs

A few weeks back, Desmond Elliott came under heavy criticism after releasing his campaign posters bearing  his middle name “Olushola” – he was verbally attacked by fans for “suddenly accepting that his name is Shola” just so he could contest for a seat in the House of Assembly.

Desmond Elliot who  declared his intention to represent Surulere constituency in Lagos State House of Assembly under APC was not only for adding “Olusola” to his campaign name, but also mocked for choosing politics to “make money”.

In an interview with CityPeople, the actor had this to say:

“I am from Lagos state. My father is from Olowogbowo in Lagos Island but my mother is from Delta state. I refer to myself as being a Pan-African. People don’t believe I am a Lagosian because I seldom act in Yoruba movies. And I didn’t include the Shola in my name. Then because my surname is also English, many couldn’t differentiate which made people confused of where exactly I am from. I am very detribalised. People of my constituency know my story and know where I come from. I have always used Shola in my primary school days. I went to Air Force Primary School in Plateau and later attended St John’s College, both in Jos. I proceeded to Lagos State University where I studied Economics and graduated in 2003″
On his reasons for joining politics, Desmond explained that joining politics for him is an ambition he has been nursing for many years but only joined since this is one of the appropriate time to declare his intention. Hear him:

“Politics has been in me for many years but I wanted a party which was progressive. My choice of APC was because its stronger and progressive. The party is one you can identify with. This is also a good platform and a good party. It has lots of programs that cater for people’s welfare. It has so much differentiated itself from all others. This is one of the reasons why I decided to join the party” he explained.

What is his agenda if he eventually emerges the winner in the forth coming election?

Security and Housing for more people. Welfare insurance, Housing for more people, road usage, protection of entertainers against abuse of creativity, content right protection which is on ground but not enforced. A lot more we can do to make the state a cosmopolitan and mega city”.



Clarion Chukwura is telling us what we already know about ‘entertainers going into politics’

by Damilola Jagun

Nollywood icon, Clarion Chukwura believes the entertainers going into politics are doing so for financial gains.

She said her colleagues are only hopping aboard the political bandwagon to have their piece of the national cake, and not entirely out of a desire to serve.

In a recent chat with Punch, she said, “The motive of those who are embracing partisan politics is purely monetary. Let us call a spade a spade. If you tell me that you want to go into politics to serve the people, I would want to look at your record first. I want to see what you have done to better the lives of the people in your immediate community. How many boreholes have you sunk in the community? How many hours of community service have you given for free over the last four or five years? How well are you known as somebody who yearns for improvement in social development?”

Kenneth Okonkwo, Desmond Elliot, Kate Henshaw, Tony Tetuila, 9ice, Kenny St. Brown, Julius Agwu, and the rest should take offence, no?


No time to waste: Desmond Elliot and Tony Tetuila take baby steps to political office (PHOTOS)

by Kolapo Olapoju

Despite still being early days, a couple of entertainers going into politics are wasting no time in campaigning and lobbying.

The pair are actor, Desmond Elliot and singer, Tony Tetuila.

While the former intends to run for Lagos state House of Assembly, the latter yearns to join the Kwara State House of Assembly.

Elliot has already begun mobilization and sensitization of youths, with strategy meetings already being held with his people, while Tetuila has visited the leaders of Oro Ward 2 to pay homage and garner support.

It just got real. This entertainers aren’t joking one bit. Apparently, politics is the place to be.

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Nollywood actor, Kenneth Okonkwo to run for political office under PDP

by Azubuike Azikiwe

Veteran Nollywood actor, Kenneth Okonkwo has made known his intention to run for political office, following the example of entertainers like Julius Agwu, 9ice, Kate Henshaw, Bob Manuel, Desmond Elliot and several others who have hopped aboard the political train.

Reports say that Okonkwo declared to represent Nsukka/Igboeze South Federal Constituency at the National Assembly on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), during a media parley on Wednesday, 8 October.

Okonkwo was one of the first stars of Nollywood, having been in the industry as far as back as 1991, when he featured in ‘Living in Bondage’.

Okonkwo has a BSc in Business Administration from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in Enugu State and also has a Masters in International Law and Diplomacy from the University of Lagos, Akoka.


LMAO! “Mr Ibu is our man” || Nollywood actor, John Okafor, wants to be President

by Damilola Jagun

In a period when several Nigerian entertainers are hopping aboard the bandwagon of politics, we really don’t know whether to take this with any iota of seriousness.

Nollywood comic-actor, John Okafor, better known as Mr Ibu, has apparently worked on a new movie, “Ibu is our Man, the people’s choice”.

From the movie poster, Mr Ibu is contesting under the ‘Alliance for People’s Democratic Party’.


Entertainers like Desmond Elliot, 9ice, Tony Tetuila, Kate Henshaw, KSB and Julius Agwu have declared their intention to run for political office, and the least John Okafor could do, is make a satirical movie about his own aspirations.

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The Desmond Elliot campaign train takes off in Surulere

by Kolapo Olapoju

Nollywood actor, Desmond Elliot, is running for the Lagos state ‘House of Assembly’ at the 2015 elections under the auspice of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

The actor was recently in Surulere where he had a dialogue session with the people of Surulere Constituency 1.





Popular actors, Odunlade Adekola and Bimbo Thomas were present at the session, which kickstarts Elliot’s campaign process.

Odunlade said of the actor turned politician, “He is that change that we need for a greater tomorrow”.

Meanwhile, Thomas had this to say, “Desmond Olusola Elliott has been an inspiration to me and to most of us in the industry. He has pulled a lot of us up the ladder and he is still pulling up more. He will carry burdens as if they are his own.”


Here we go again! Another musician, Tony Tetuila hops aboard the political train

by Kolapo Olapoju

Apparently, every Nigerian wants his piece of the national cake, which is evidently in abundance.

In the past couple of months, several entertainers have declared their intention to venture into politics, with some even taking it a step further by commencing campaign, case in point, Alapomeji artiste, 9ice.

Former Remedies singer, Tony Tetuila has also stated his interest in politics, as he has shared a photo of his campaign banner on micro-blogging platform, Twitter.

Having been away from the music scene for some years, Tetuila seems to have found an alternative career path, as he has declared his intention to represent ‘Irepodun Local Government, at the Kwara State House of Assembly.


He now joins the likes of Desmond Elliot, Julius Agwu, Kate Henshaw, Bob Manuel, 9ice, Richard Mofe Damijo, Nkiru Sylvanus, and other entertainers, who are making the switch to the lucrative career path of politics.


This is HIGHLY embarrassing – Nigerians are not impressed with celebrities for venturing into politics

by S’ola Filani

Nollywood actor, director and producer, Desmond Elliot has joined the league of celebrities cum politicians – yea, we are surprised as you are!

Weeks back, Nollwywood celebrities Julius Agwu, Kate Henshaw announced their interest in political positions for the 2015 elections and just when we thought we had seen enough – Desmond Elliot announced his political ambition too.

We wonder who is next – let’s leave the guessing game for later.

When photos of Desmond ‘Oluwashola” Eliot’s campaign poster found their way to the internet last night, Nigerians went all out.

“This is getting rather embarrassing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Did you all wake up and suddenly realize that y’all need to go into politics? Who will be left to do Nollywood movies now?” one Miss Bake reacted on Bellanaija.

Another Miss Mipemi on the actor’s Instagram page wrote “Dis (This) is getting really crazy…first it was music…now it’s politics…I don’t know why they can’t all just stick to what they know how to do best…the change this county needs can’t come from little minded actors and directors we have…I feel they should instead work on improving their wacky movies and their wacky acting #LongLiveNigeria”

While a certain Bruno wrote on Nairaland “Why are all these Nollywood people just going into politics..Desmond Elliott, Bob Manuel, RMD, etc., list is endless. Politics isn’t for everyone, dey think it’s another Nollywood script!! Anyway, I am not surprised everybody wants to eat out of the national cake, even the so called pastors have their own political parties and run for office. Everybody is hungry, for both power and money, Nigeria is now a free for all waste land, and I don’t think there will even be a Nigeria in the next 50 years.”

Tobena on twitter also says “They have realized that there is a lot of money to be stolen in the government, that’s why they are all jumping in, to get their own part of the national cake (people money). It’s all about money.  It’s gonna turn out to be a popularity vote. Soon wizkid and davido will declare their own. Rubbish people thinking that mediocre acting will translate into something”

Declaring support for the celebrities however, a twitter user, Morenikeji who spoke to YNaija said “Let’s cut them some slack …lol…I mean Ronald Reagan was an actor before he became the president of the United States and let’s not forget the Terminator, Arnold Schwarzenneger who later became the governor of California…I am not saying I am 100% all for it but let’s just hope for the best. I don’t just think we should conclude that because they are Nollywood actors, it means they will flop in politics…it’s worth a try, noh?”

Also speaking with YNaija, a die hard Nollywood fan, Oluwaseun Amobi said “As much as this sounds funny that all of a sudden all actors want to go into politics all in the name of changing Nigeria and planet earth, it does not cancel the fact that as humans some of them can make positive change. Acting is what they do not who they are. An actor can be a politician, a banker, or a pastor. There should be no limit to where people can go.

Another Facebook user, Daniel Emmanuel chose to sit on the fence saying “Wait! Do they all think that the legislature is a movie set? Warisdis? Kate Henshaw, Bob Manuel, 9ice, and now Desmond. Hian. Well, I believe everyone deserves a chance to do whatever he/she wishes.”

Oh by the way, a few further criticized Desmond and the sudden use of his Yoruba name ‘Olusola”

“Very sad. Like Jonna, who added Ebele to his name in other to full the Igbos, this one has also added Yoruba name to his name, just to get the votes of the ignorant people that will be carried away by his fame and vote.” One Blessing Efam wrote on twitter

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It just got real: Desmond Elliot is contesting for political office under APC (LOOK)

by Kolapo Olapoju

Just when it seemed we had seen the last entertainer hop aboard the bandwagon of politics, Nollywood actor, Desmond Elliot, has followed suit.

The actor whose campaign slogan is ‘for that change you desire’, is apparently determined to run for the Lagos state ‘House of Assembly’ at the 2015 elections, under the umbrella of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Elliot’s campaign banner and manifesto have surfaced on the web, and he now joins entertainers like Julius Agwu, Kate Henshaw, Bob Manuel, 9ice, Richard Mofe Damijo, Nkiru Sylvanus, and others, in the political fray.